If you still wonder whether there is any gadget that could protect you from deadly tremors, an invention by a Russian scientist has an answer to it.
Couple of years ago, he designed a nightmarish bed that can protect its sleeping owner by folding them up in a steel coffin in the event of an earthquake.
On first glance the bed looks completely conventional, despite being quite high.
However, if an earthquake hits, sensors in the bed detect the movement and collapse the mattress down into the bed’s box-shaped metal body.
After this, a lid shuts over the top, protecting the occupant from falling masonry or even a building collapse.
Supplies of food, bottled water, first aid materials and even gas masks are kept at the bottom of the structure, to ensure the lucky (or unlucky) occupant survives until help arrives.
An animated video of the beds in action show a few different models, from a full king-size bed down to a smaller double. There’s some slight variations in design, but they all work in the same way – suddenly dropping the mattress into a box and closing a lid over the top.
On the face of it, it’s a good idea. Earthquakes can be devastating, and they’re almost impossible to predict – so if you’re sleeping when one occurs, you may not be able to take action until it’s too late.
However, there’s a few problems – the pitch video doesn’t explain what happens if the occupant’s leg is hanging over the side when the giant steel lid snaps down over the top of the bed. And if it goes off accidentally, or if the quake is only minor, you’ll have a fairly unique excuse for not turning up to work on time.
The video appears to have been created by Dahir Semenov, a Russian inventor who creates concept designs for defence and security devices like this.
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