Chinese Inventor Comes Up With Innovative Earthquake Bed

by Jen on

Chinese inventor Wang Wenxi has invented an earthquake bed where a special sensor detects seismic shaking and thereby, forces the bed to spring into action to protect you.

Any seismic shaking would open up the base of the bed to drop you down a steel-reinforced chamber while the two metal pieces slum shut. The sleeper would then be inside a small ala-panic room space.

First patented in 2010, Wang has been refining the design of this quake-proof bed. This was originally designed after the Wenchuan and Yushu earthquakes that rocked China in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

Wang said after the earthquakes, he wanted to invent something that would reduce the number of casualties.

The latest version even includes a space for essential supplies such as food and water. This would ensure that the sleeper would be safe and sound even if he has to stay inside the bunker for an extended period of time.

He’s also attempting to make a “gull-wing” design wherein two halves of a box-like steel enclosure atop the bed will slam shut at the first hint of shaking or quaking.

Then, there’s another version where a slab-like metal roof will use hydraulics to slam down and seal the sleeper in a secure enclosure.

There are other variations of the quake-proof bed, including one where the top is set up against a wall. Once it detects a shaking, it would shut the sleeper down an enclosure just like a book.

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Written by: Jen