A Virtual Lifeguard To Watch Your Bay
Though it more resembles a horseshoe crab on steroids than Pamela Anderson, Sentry may become a welcome sight to surfers.The waterjet propelled unmanned reconn craft from MOD spin-off Qinetiq can get to where you wipe out at 50 knots, with length --3.5m, and beam--1.25m, enough to haul back to the beach without anybody else getting wet. A joystick console allows full control of the vehicle over a 16 nautical mile range.
The basic payload includes microwave datalink communications and camera. Options include stabilized real-time day / night high resolution cameras, a full lighting rig , a loud-hailer system and a smoke marker launcher. Add a homing system and a wristband transponder , and It could revolutionize the Arabian Sea beach scene, affording damsels in gnarly distress an alternative to drowning if a lady lifeguard or male relative cannot be found to rescue them -the gadget debuted in Dubai.