Skip to comments.Japan: 'Mini-Ark' invented for tsunamis (actually an escape-pod)
Posted on 10/01/2011 6:47:22 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
'Mini-Ark' invented for tsunamis
apanese inventors have come up with a novel way for residents to save themselves if the country is struck by another deadly tsunami: a mini Ark that looks like a giant tennis ball.
Cosmo Power says it already has orders for 600 of its "Noah" shelters, which have a small lookout window and breathing holes on top, and sell for $4000 each.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.ninemsn.com.au ...
OK, but where do you keep it and what do you do if you’re swept out to sea?
I know a very short pole dancer. I’ll let her know.
Now you can drown in peace after you are swept under some rubble, knowing that your body will be found.
Nice little coffins. Easy to find.
You get fried to a crisp by lunchtime, I'd think.
Looks like it needs a blow valve (or whatever they are called) for when the tsunami first hits... they may be under water for a bit.. need to stop the inflow :p
You’d think they would at least make it into a cozy chair for two people by making it two half circles, then when the time comes, snap the two sides together and you’re good to go. However, it would only hold one person.
Pokemon comes to mind.
So you carry this with you at all times?
Does the government have a sweeper to pick up these “goof” balls? ;-)
If they're flat on both ends, they can be used as end tables.
They can come in sizes that can hold 1, 2, or however many people you want.
Come to think of it, we already have submarines, don't we?
Use a rectangular one as a coffee table and when the time comes, it can double as a coffin.
The real Spam in a can
Interesting idea. Might actually work.
Look, let’s get really practical about this. They could be made into beds.
Bad idea. I remember seeing a story on two guys who rolled down a grassy hill in one of those clear vinyl double-walled inflatable balls. They basically were killed by smashing into each other while tumbling. Same would happen here. Better would be a ballasted model looking like a small version of a modern life boat/ship escape module.
Hey man you might need your shoes when the ball comes to rest somewhere.
What’s a cubit?
If I had to design an escape system for any tsunami I would go to the air, it would be a fast acting fill mechanism using helium or possibly hydrogen as it can be made cheaper though more dangerous.
Hydrogen doe have more lifting capability, and so here is the idea, its a roof mounted lightweight carbon fiber escape godola with a ducted fan engine for some means of propulsion.
Its my idea, it would work, it won’t work for the mass of population of an urban area but I could care less, its my ass.
I just cannot see any survivability from a mega tsunami of a wave over 100’ high...or larger in any type of a floating vessel. Must get above it, and to stay high until its safe to land.
Easier to just move up the hill.
about 18 inches more or less
where do ya put the beer?
should have made them coffin shaped. Laying down would be more stable. And put a day or two of water and rations and a radio beacon.
There have been worse ideas. Like the people who were trying to sell parachutes to high rise workers after 9-11.
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