Project Outline

Current life jackets are designed to keep you afloat in the water, and do not tackle any other health risks. Hydros is a three piece personal flotation system that mitigates the effects of cold water shock, hypothermia, and secondary drowning, while promoting mental wellbeing and comfort in a survival situation. The design was shortlisted in the Global top 20 of the James Dyson Awards, 2013. In 2014, Hydros received a feasibility study from Enterprise Ireland, which was carried out by 'Technology From Ideas'. This report confirmed our initial research and development, and aided in securing further funding.

We have now founded a spin out company called Deviate Aspire which is based in the NEXUS center at UL, and secured investment from Enterprise Ireland for further research. We are currently working to frame Hydros as a research and development process through which other emergent products and systems could follow.

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Adam de Eyto Portrait
Principle Investigator
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