SMS has developed new visual technology that is applied to marine apparel to potentially reduce the risk of shark attack. The visual designs are based on recently developed science of shark vision, neurology and behavioural effects.
This visual technology has been labelled Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) technology.
Translation of the scientific data has resulted in two design strategies to offer protection to the wearer:
The key to SAMS technology lies in development of materials having a specific contrast, colour, size and shape according to the position of the wearer in the water column and the distance that a shark is likely to perceive the wearer.
Independent preliminary testing with large wild predatory sharks off the coast on Western Australia and South Africa since January 2013 has been encouraging. Both the research science and the field-testing of the technology is an ongoing process and is expected to continue for many years.
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 wetsuit 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.
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