UC’s Ben Lau makes the Dyson award finals

johnboy 13 July 2011

rock fishing safety

The University of Canberra is letting us know that their alumnus Ben Lau has been named as a finalist for the James Dyson Award with an ingenious attempt to protect rock fisherfolk from themselves:

Through his research Mr Lau learnt that rock fishers often avoided using life jackets for safety as they were too restricting and heavy, which inspired him to make a more lightweight emergency device.

The device has a similar buoyancy to a lifejacket but is significantly smaller, weighing about 200 grams.

“When the user falls into the water they pull the red pull handle away from themselves, which punctures the cartridges and inflates the bladder,” Mr Lau said.

Mr Lau started the project during his industrial design studies at the University of Canberra, and says he is interested in continuing his design efforts.

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