Coral Detection Systems , an Israeli-based AI startup, is committed to saving lives. His Manta 3000 is a nifty self-contained camera system that monitors swimming pools for drowning victims. The name obviously derives from its shape, which recalls that of a manta ray.
Drowning is the third leading cause of death from involuntary injury, with over 320.000 annual deaths worldwide. Constantly increasing numbers: Coral thinks that its device can reduce this trend for the first time in decades.
Manta 3000 is essentially a fully self-sufficient pool robot monitor. Once installed, it detects an area of 10 meters by 10 meters with an underwater camera connected to an AI-powered machine vision system.
How Manta 3000 works
Artificial intelligence notices when a person enters the pool and marks them so that it can recognize them later. As people enter and leave the pool, Manta 3000 takes note and uses machine learning to "remember" their faces. If a person sinks underwater and their head stays below the surface for more than 15 seconds, they sound an alarm. If the situation persists, it issues increasing alarms.
Il robotic system offers parents, human lifeguards and others the opportunity to intervene and rescue the victim as quickly as possible. Drowning happens quickly, but victims who receive immediate treatment have a better chance of surviving and avoiding permanent injury such as brain damage.
Aside from the initial installation and routine maintenance required by the Manta 3000, there is no need for any human involvement. It is always on and uses solar energy to run, it can also run on a backup battery.
You don't need to switch it on, start recording or configure it every time you want to use it: it just works.
While this is certainly not the first AI-based system designed to make swimming pools safer, the Manta 3000 is among the most affordable. At less than 2.500 euros it represents a unique solution that, as far as I know, is unrivaled at such a price.
It can be very useful in crowded places, or even small resorts and holiday villages.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.