Visual distress signal device

  • US 9,171,436 B1
  • Filed: 12/04/2014
  • Issued: 10/27/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A visual distress signal device comprising:

  • a floating waterproof housing having a watertight upper compartment and a floodable lower compartment;

    an electronically microcontroller controlled light source located within said watertight upper compartment, wherein said microcontroller is capable of controlling flashing of the light source at varying intervals, including in an S O S visual distress pattern;

    an optical lens having a conical upper reflective cavity located directly above said electronically controlled light source located within said watertight upper compartment wherein said optical lens is configured to refract light in a radially symmetrical pattern, and further wherein said optical lens is configured to refract three separate collimated beam light patterns including two separate horizontal 360 degree light patterns and a vertical light pattern of about 15 degrees and further wherein said optical lens is configured to refract light in a radially symmetrical pattern includes water shedding capability configured as drain slits and drain holes integrated into said optical lens;

    a power source located directly below said electronically microcontroller controlled light source located within said watertight upper compartment;

    wherein when activated the waterproof housing floats in an upright position with said upper compartment above said lower compartment and emits a light signal.

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