Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Why didn't anyone think of this before?
Under the heading of "Amazingly Useful Inventions" must surely be classified the Waterbuoy.
It's a small keychain-size flotation device, designed for those who enjoy water sports, particularly boating and sailing. If it's dropped overboard - or, rather, if the article to which it's attached is lost overboard - a balloon inflates, an internal LED light illuminates, and it makes it relatively easy to recover what's gone astray. It can support a weight of up to a kilogram (2.2 pounds).
How I wish this had been available in my younger days! I've lost a pair of (very expensive) binoculars over the side of a yacht, and friends have lost keys, cameras, sporting equipment - even, in one well-remembered tragedy, an heirloom piece of jewelry. Imagine if each of those things had had a Waterbuoy clipped to it! It would have saved a great deal of money, and much heartache. It's a great idea, and I hope the inventor makes a fortune out of it.
In hindsight, of course, one has to ask why someone didn't think of this before. Why was so blindingly obvious a solution, not so blindingly obvious?