While most of us rely on ambulances, we can’t deny that road transportation has many limitations, the biggest one definitely being traffic. When it comes to flight, the most notable medical-vehicle would be the helicopter, but even that is hard to manage since it requires an open area to land.
Researchers and developers in the UK have devised a solution to allow paramedics to reach you through probably the most innovative and convenient method–which is jetpack suits.
Yes, if you’ve played Grand Theft Auto in the past, you’ll probably be familiar with how a jetpack suit works. Essentially, its a type of device that’s strapped to your back and has enough horsepower to take flight.
As a way to make sure paramedics are able to reach victims in isolated areas without having to walk for long periods of time, Richard Browning, the founder of Gravity Industries, pioneered this technology, cutting the time to 90 seconds as compared to a 25-minute walk.
At a time where the coronavirus still runs rampant, it’s important to keep pushing the threshold and continuing to innovate technology that alleviates the burden of medical practitioners.
Andy Mawson, director of operations at Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which provides emergency air response across swathes of northern England, simply called the invention “awesome.” He added,
“We think this technology could enable our team to reach some patients much quicker than ever before. In many cases this would ease the patient’s suffering. In some cases, it would save their lives.”
The jetpack is called the Gravity Jet Suit and according to Browning, they’ve only scratched the surface of the possibilities that they could achieve with their technology.