After a frightening tremor that’s shaken the seaside neighborhood you live in, the Tsunami alert goes off. What to do? What to do? Grab the kids and rush to the backyard (or rooftop) where sits a reinforced aluminum sphere. After strapping yourself in together with the kids, there’s silence. You wait. Then it comes, a mighty roaring sound and the ear piercing scream of collapsed structures outside. The ball jerks and tumbles, but you’re safe inside, even when it finally bobs up and down as it’s swept by the receding tide. Hopefully you packed some provisions. Rescue is a long wait.
This is the likely scenario faced by people who’d purchase a new Tsunami shelter/capsule (pictured in the corner of the awesome wave above) devised by IDEA Inc., a small company staffed by ex-BOEING engineers. A renewed sense of urgency has reinvigorated the program months after the devastating earthquake-tsunami in Japan.
As Director of Engineering Scott Hill explains, “We had this idea a couple of years ago and we’ve been sitting on it. After the tsunami in Japan, we decided we had to develop it and get it out there for the masses. If you can save one life, it would be worth producing it.”
Of course, development and prototype testing will take months maybe a couple years even. The there’s the search for investors. It might take some time before this ever goes into production. Until them, people living in coastal areas will have to make to with home made submarines.
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