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The Robot That Will Make David Hasselhoff Obsolete

We all took note during the Baywatch opening credits—The Hoff's bouncing pecs are hard to ignore! But we also remember Baywatch for those orange flotation devices thrown into the water at the first sign of danger.

And it turns out that there's a robotic version of that famous floater, called EMILY. The Emergency Integrated Lifesaving lanyard is a remote-controlled boat directed to swimmers by the nearest lifeguard and next year's version will be completely automated.

The 2011 EMILY will have a built-in sonar. Once in the water, EMILY will scan for "movements associated with swimmers in distress", and zoom towards the helpless at 28 mph. The unfortunate swimmer will grab EMILY when it nears, and the robot will tow them back to shore.

Maker Hydronalix will sell the new EMILY for $3,500 a pop. The company's CEO, Tony Mulligan, insists that the robot will still "work alongside human lifeguards", claiming that no computer can replicate human judgment and experience.

But it's easy to see that future versions of EMILY will become more advanced—up to the point that lifeguards will never get wet. Without any incentive to stay fit, the muscular and hammy-acting lifeguard we all grew up with will become a thing of the past.

Robo-Baywatch: Autonomously Patrolling Robot Lifeguard Swims at 28 MPH

  • gm0n3y
    I really hope it doesn't have a propeller drive system or things could get ugly. (Secretly I hope it does)
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  • loomis86
    This gadget can't help unconscious people.
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  • Camikazi
    Unless it can run in slow motion on the beach it will never replace the Hoff!
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  • mojo_bojojo
    LOL the first thing I thought when I read the headline was that this is a sex robot, not a lifeguard robot. I think I have a problem.
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  • walt526
    Outside of Germany, Hasselhoff has been obsolete for decades...
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  • lashabane
    We all took note during the Baywatch opening credits—The Hoff's bouncing pecs are hard to ignore! But we also remember Baywatch for those orange flotation devices thrown into the water at the first sign of danger.

    I took more notice to other bouncing flotation devices. ;)
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  • jerreece
    LMAO I wanna watch one of these EMILY units get attacked by a shark.
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  • jerreece
    loomis86This gadget can't help unconscious people.
    This was my first thought. I'd imagine that when lifeguards need to get involved, it's often because the person in trouble is physically unable to... swim. Obviously like all other tools, this one will have it's time and place.

    And how does it work in choppy water? And will it support the weight/drag of a large adult who's not swimming at all?
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  • gm0n3y
    mojo_bojojoLOL the first thing I thought when I read the headline was that this is a sex robot, not a lifeguard robot. I think I have a problem.I actually thought "It gets drunk and eats hamburgers?".
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  • JOSHSKORN
    I was sold on making David Hasselhoff obsolete.
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