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Earthquake bed

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Humans spend a substantial portion of their lives in bed. 25 - 30% is a typical range.

Earthquakes occur at any time.

BorgCo engineers are therefore designing an Earthquake Survival Bed.

This resembles a four-poster or canopy bed, although the canopy is seemingly quite low.

However, the base, canopy, and uprights are in fact constructed of metal - and are extremely strong, designed to withstand substantial impacts and sustained loads from any angle. The sides have spring-operated pull-up metal shutters - pulling a lanyard releases them. They are slotted, for ventilation, and can be dismantled inwards to allow easy escape. The headboard is a panel of similar construction.

Under the canopy is a pack including battery-powered lighting, a manually-activated distress transponder, water, food, and a hand-cranked generator for lighting and a radio plus cellphone charging.

If an earthquake occurs at night and the building collapses, the occupants of the bed will be in a survival space. It can also act as a place of refuge during the day.

8th of 7, Oct 30 2016

Earthquake proof bed https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WuM-EAnor4I
One of many similar designs. [xenzag, Oct 30 2016]

it looks like this.. https://s-media-cac...abe6bcf2096eb71.jpg
..but a bit more butch, construction wise.. [not_morrison_rm, Oct 30 2016]

Morrison shelter http://ww2today.com...shelter-595x449.jpg
[not_morrison_rm, Oct 31 2016]

Double-figures earthquakes everyday-ish, Japanese seismographs http://www.jma.go.j...ke_local_index.html
[not_morrison_rm, Nov 01 2016]


       //Under the canopy is a pack including...// yet, strangely, no earthquake detector?
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 30 2016

       Well, that's more or less what I sleep under every night, except the canopy is braced wood and no side shutters. The uprights are 3 inch metal tubes and the rest is 2 inch x 3/4 inch box section.   

       Actually I'm cheating as the 5ft high canopy is what you are supposed to sleep on, giving maximum human squashing probability, doesn't seem a good deal imho.
not_morrison_rm, Oct 30 2016

       // no earthquake detector? //   

       On the contrary, a distinctive audible and vibratory warning is provided as standard, accurately calibrated to the exact magnitude of the earthquake.   

       // The uprights are 3 inch metal tubes and the rest is 2 inch x 3/4 inch box section. //   

       Not bad. We envisage something similar to the passenger cell of a car.
8th of 7, Oct 30 2016

       Don't forget the small pencil and notebook for writing down the horrific passage of time as no rescue comes.
pashute, Oct 30 2016

       Don't forget the small pencil and notebook for writing down the horrific passage of time as no rescue comes.
pashute, Oct 30 2016

       So, two notebooks, then ?   

       // no rescue comes. //   

       Hence the transponder. Don't forget to activate it.
8th of 7, Oct 30 2016

       I really like this idea, and urge you to begin writing a business plan posthaste.
Voice, Oct 31 2016

       Steel-canopied beds have existed for a long time.
Cuit_au_Four, Oct 31 2016

       Yes, but not designed to fall through a floor, land on its side, have the rest of the building fall on it, and still provide a survival space for the occupant(s).
8th of 7, Oct 31 2016

       Dammit! I, of all people, should have remembered this one..the Morrison Shelter. Looks a bit drafty to me...
not_morrison_rm, Oct 31 2016

       Yes, Prior Art indeed. Not as comfy, sophisticated or aesthetically pleasing as the BorgCo design, though.
8th of 7, Oct 31 2016

       //hand-cranked generator//?   

       Ah man, I finally get time to myself in bed and you want me to manual labour? I suppose, as a backup, I guess. The first source of power however should be some sort of piezoelectric system to make use of all that crushing weight now sitting upon the unit.
AusCan531, Oct 31 2016

       ^thanks, but I can't take the pressure. (ironically)
AusCan531, Nov 01 2016

       Big springs, in 50% tension. When the house falls on your shelter, the springs are squashed down to 100% (or so) tension.   

       Simply pull the release handle and et voila the debris gets propelled somewhere else. Like onto next door. Unless they have the same plan.   

       Oh,if you are that bored, go check out the linky to "how many earthquakes had today"...lucky old Fukushima still seem to get the lion's share. I make it about 12 today...
not_morrison_rm, Nov 01 2016

       These would sell like hotcakes in San Fran. ++++
blissmiss, Nov 01 2016


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