A Russian inventor has desig ned a bed that can protect one by folding them up in a steel box during an earthquake.On first glance the bed looks 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 and gas masks are kept at the bottom of the structure to ensure the occupant survives until help arrives. The beds come in different mos -from a full king-size bed dels -from a full king-size bed down to a smaller double. On the face of it, it’s a good idea. Earthqu akes can be devastating, and are 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 are a few problems -there is no clue what happens if the occupant’s leg is hanging over the side when the steel lid snaps down over the top of the bed.
The bed has been created by Dahir Semenov, a Russian inventor, who creates concept designs for defence and security devices.
Fitted With Sensors To Detect Temblor, It Folds User Into A Steel Box
Some of Semenov’s more bizarre concepts include a giant monorail-hovercraft hybrid capable of transporting hundreds of people at a time, and solar-powered, ground-based drones capable of camouflaging themselves and destroying tanks.
One earthquake-proof bed that works in a similar way was created and tested in China in 2012.It works by folding the base of the bed up and over the sleeping occupants, creating a metal lid that provides protection. This one operates much slower than Semonov’s design, reducing the chances of a limb being lost significantly .
And in May this year, a team of Israeli designers created an ordinary school desk that is capable of withstanding a crushing weight of a metric ton. It’s an interesting concept that could potentially save lives, but after seeing the video, it’s safe to say that most people would take their chances with the earthquake.