Rescue Me Balloon
Rescue Me Balloon
Rescue Me Balloon is a compact, easy-to-carry emergency canister that places an SOS balloon 150 feet with a bright LED.
Rescue Me Balloon is a compact, easy-to-carry emergency canister that places an SOS balloon 150 feet with a bright LED. Read more
About this project
Rescue Me Balloon is a compact, easy-to-carry canister that places an SOS balloon 150 feet above a person for a week and illuminates an SOS signal using an LED light. It can be used for emergencies or for recreation. Essentially, it’s a flare that lasts a week.
In detail, Rescue Me Balloon is a cylindrical canister, similar to a lightsaber. It is Coast Guard Orange in color, about 6 inches in length and 2 inches in diameter and weighs about a quarter of a pound. The canister is easy to hold, and has a hoop for a clip for attaching to a belt, backpack, or life jacket, with glow-in-the-dark reflective tape to make it easy to find at night.
Inside the canister at the bottom is a small helium tank attached to a deflated and folded inflatable balloon. Also attached to the balloon is a 150 feet of monofilament string with a super-bright LED connected to small circuit board. In the Emergency Version, the circuit board is programmed to flash an SOS signal; in the Recreational Version, it is programmed to be a solid light. All of this is sealed inside the canister by a cap at the top with an O-Ring installed, making a water-tight seal when closed.
How to use Rescue Me Balloon
1. Remove the top of canister and take out the balloon.
2. Undo the reflective tape at the bottom, pulling the folder corner for easy removal.
3. Then twist the bottom, which breaks the seal between the helium canister and the balloon, and the balloon will inflate with helium.
4. On the LED light, pull out the tab between the battery and LED and the LED will turn on.
5. The balloon self-seals once inflated and you remove the inflation tube. Release the balloon and hold onto the canister.
6. The balloon will rise 150 feet into the air, above treetop level, while tethered via monofilament line attached to the canister, thus pinpointing the location of the canister. Both the balloon and LED will stay aloft and flashing for up to seven days.
During our engineering and design processes, we have created numerous working prototypes of Rescue Me Balloon and hold United States Patent Number 6,523,778 with additional patents pending. We now want to take Rescue Me Balloon from prototype to manufacturing and need your help!
Risks and challenges
Our prototype will need some additional design work to ensure that it can withstand the rigors of the stresses of emergency situations. While the prototype works, we know we have some design improvements to be made and we need the funding to ensure our engineers can make the improvements we need. Our staff of engineers have been on the product since it’s inception and know the product better than anybody.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Emergency version of Rescue Me Balloon is single use canister that will place a Coast-Guard Orange Emergency Balloon 150 feet into the air that flashes an SOS beacon using a super bright LED, to pinpoint your location and alert Search and Rescue Teams that you need help.
The Recreational version of Rescue Me Balloon places a Green Non-Emergency Balloon with a sold light LED 150 feet above your location, with the intention for the user to find their location in non-emergency situations; such as their campsite at night while out night-hiking.
The Emergency version of Rescue Me Balloon is a one-time use canister, intended to survive in all types of environments and emergency situations.
The Recreational version of Rescue Me Balloon is currently also a one-time use canister, although if we meet our Kickstarter Goal, we will be able to explore additional design features that allows it to be reloaded for multiple, non-emergency uses.
Is Rescue Me Balloon Waterproof? Will it be waterproof to a depth of 130 feet that SCUBA Divers can use?
Currently, Rescue Me Balloon is waterproof in the rain and at shallow depths less than 10 feet and will float. Due to the high number of requests to create a version that can go deeper, we will work on a new design that SCUBA Divers can use once we reach our Kickstarter Goal!
Yes, while we are striving to meet our Kickstarter Goal so we can finalize our prototype and start manufacturing, we are open to discuss distribution opportunities. Please contact us here on our Kickstarter Page or through our website (www.rescuemeballoon.com) and we will be in touch.
Currently, our balloon is designed to be 20 inches in diameter, in a triangular or diamond shape. This design has straight edges to be radar detectable. We have a couple options we’re exploring for balloon materials; as of right now we’re using a metalized plastic, or foil, material as we’ve found it’s the lightest, strongest and capable of holding in helium for an extended time, as there are no pores for the helium to escape through.
The specs on our internal products are rated to five years of shelf life at minimum.
Currently, our balloon is designed to be 20 inches in diameter, in a triangular or diamond shape to provide lift to the balloon in windy conditions, similar to a kite.
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