Australians at beaches across the country could soon have a technology designed to keep them safe from sharks.
An organization called The Little Ripper Group, along with researchers at the University of Technology Sydney’s School of Software, have developed a technology that uses drones to identify sharks and alerts humans before it’s too late.
The technology, called SharkSpotter, has two parts: a drone that flies lie over the water to detect sharks, and a megaphone that tells nearby swimmers to exit the water due to the pending danger.
According to the researchers, the drone, called the Little Ripper Lifesaver, flies over the water and records live video to see what’s swimming under the water. Using artificial intelligence technology and a proprietary algorithm, the device’s onboard software can determine whether the animals are sharks, dolphins, surfers, and something else.