Breitling has released a genuine dual frequency locator beacon – housed in the body of a wrist watch. Now whilst is just a little on the expensive side, it shows that a genuine beacon can be housed in a minature object. Who knows what the future holds for the portability of distress beacons.
The beacon is designated as a PLB – so it won’t meet carriage requirements for an EPIRB. EPIRBs are larger because of their requirement to operate to float upright and operate for 48 hours in the maritime environment. The smaller PLB is a fantastic additional piece of insurance that is so easy to carry, you will soon forget it is there.
There is one slight problem. At around $16 000 Australian, I am not sure Santa would be able to put one in my Christmas stocking!
More information can be found here: http://www.breitling.com/en/emergency/
Of course if you’re looking for other options in your remote communication plan, then consider Save Our Selves – A guide to getting help in remote areas