UPDATE: The fine people at Datrex sent me a Rescue PLB1 to try for myself. I loved it. It handled well – even in some pretty chilly water. Full report up soon; but in this case, I consider smaller – very, very good.
Ocean Signal and Datrex recently introduced the world’s smallest Personal Locator Beacon, the rescueME PLB1. Almost immediately, reviews of the product have been positive. How could smaller not be better? The miniaturization of electronics has made lots of safety equipment easier to carry and use. However, this particular product is making me think about the diminishing returns of “small.”