Design and Preliminary Validation of a Smart Personal Flotation Device

  • Julian Fraize
  • Mirjam Furth
  • Damiano ZanottoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 22)


This work introduces the SmartPFD, a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)/Life vest featuring independently inflatable air compartments. Unlike off-the-shelf inflatable PFDs, the SmartPFD is designed to modulate the inflation of its compartments based on the wearer’s orientation and depth, with the aim of optimizing the device’s righting ability. Preliminary results suggest that by properly sequencing the activation of the compartments, the time required to turn the wearer face up can be reduced.



The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of all the students involved in this project, especially, Kevin Raleigh, Juan Sanchez, Stephanie Mallon, and Luke Pacchiana.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenUSA

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