Products using SAMS
SMS, in collaboration with the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and School of Animal Biology, developed new technology enabling the manufacture of marine apparel which can reduce the risk of shark attack, based on recently developed science of shark vision, neurology and behavioural effects.
Breakthrough science in determining what predatory sharks can see, at certain depths and distances and under certain light and water conditions has been incorporated into neoprene materials and commercial prototype wetsuit designs. This technology has been labelled Shark Attack Mitigation Systems technology or SAMS.
The resulting interpretation of the science has produced designs for two strategies to offer protection to the wearer:
Independent preliminary testing by the University of Western Australia with large wild predatory sharks off the coast on Western Australia since January 2013 has been encouraging. Both the research science and the field-testing of the technology is an ongoing process.
The translation of the scientific findings into industrial design has been undertaken with the assistance of Ray Smith, renowned designer of wetsuits for Quiksilver and famous for designing the original Quiksilver logo. The result is a range of materials and suit designs which incorporate SAMS technology while maintaining consumer appeal.
The technology has the potential to extend to many marine applications, including skins and stickers for diving air tanks, diving fins, surfboards, kayaks, skis, watercraft, undersea cabling, and marine equipment.