noah: emergency capsule for tsunamis noah: emergency capsule for tsunamis
oct 05, 2011

noah: emergency capsule for tsunamis

shoji tanaka, president of new cosmopower, demonstrates the use of the ‘noah’ emergency living capsule image © itsuo inouye (AP)

the fiberglass ‘noah’ capsule by japanese company new cosmopower is a personal-sized work of emergency architecture, offering shelter in the event of earthquake or tsunami.

watersafe although not fire-resistant, ‘noah’ measures 1.2 meters (4 feet) in diameter and can house up to four adults, costing approximately 3900 USD. entered through a locking hatch, the cabin has a small lookout window and breathing holes, while its bright yellow colour makes it easy to be located by rescue crews. the device has been heavily tested for safety and durability.

the company is also working on models that fit six and twelve persons.

full views of the device image © itsuo inouye (AP)

example use image at left courtesy of the daily what

via gizmag

  • The only flaw I see on the design is the bar thing… Yeah, it´s a good way to make people get in fast and hold themselves, but… You need strentgh to hold on, a old lady will bounce around and smash herself into that bar, braking a lot of bones.

    It´s better to have a pair of seats with safety belts or just safety belts directly attached to the walls, so the person can be tightly straped and prevent her to bounce around during the strong waves or hearthquakes.

    What? says:
  • Space for two people and two dogs!

    gork platter says:
  • Terrible design – better die in freedom.

    HK says:
  • chihuahua’s…

    c says:
  • Needs a deployable signal light/beacon and more windows. Bar is fine. Straps/belts would be good. Compartment for first aid kit and radio. Need to be able to control the breathing holes.

    Needs a massive price drop.

    Frob says:
  • the government should buy the capsules and contribute to every citizen. Why is it not fireproof ? what about hit resistance ?

    Vanine says:
  • great idea

    dadap says:
  • I agree with comment about safety belts. Love the idea though. If there’s only one opening hole, what happens if the capsule is wedged-in, and the person can’t get out. Would be a painful existence if trapped inside. I think radio & beacon would be ideal. Too bad if you live at the top of a hill, because it’s going to be a hell of a ride down. Nice to see someone working to save lives.

    BS says:
  • where would you keep this ball while there is no tsunami (on the balcony? i doubt it would fit into tiny japanese mansion balcony). Also If smashed into obstacles would it survive?

    bubble says:
  • Lots of questions. Does it float? If it floats, does it always end right-side-up (as in, the door will open to air, not water).

    If a tsunami hits, and you’re in it, do you just roll around bouncing about on the inside of this thing?

    If the building collapses around you and is on fire, do you just melt inside the ball (yikes).

    Should a little bit more attention and study be applied to these before distributing them? This can be an amazing safety space, or it could be a death-trap.

    Great idea – I just think it needs some more work and thought applied.

    Mikey says:
  • Sounds great! Everyone likes the thought of being buried alive! Yay!

    Austin says:
  • C-o-o-o-l.

    Not.

    The first rash of comments from people distracted by the ‘design’ and ‘innovation’ are clearly missing the glaringly obvious flaws (ably pointed out by bubble, Mikey, and Austin).

    Imagine being thrown about by the whim of a tsunami sea; crashing against rocks, jagged building rubble. Or swept out, rather than inland.

    douglas m. says:
  • THAT WOULD BE THE MOST EPIC RIDE EVER!

    Needs more padding though.. and an emergency beacon….

    Also needs to be white and red instead of yellow.

    MrMak says:
  • a design that has lot of potential…..but lotsa improvisations to go through…. maybe then it’ll fit the need…..otherwise its just too soon to call it a product , really!

    siji says:
  • …don’t forget the salt, pepper & vodka, the human bloody-mary will taste better.

    buzzoff says:
  • Shaken, not stirred.

    Bond, James Bond says:
  • 2 people AND 2 dogs? GROSS. a few bounces and you’ll be licking your mangy dog’s but

    Buster Hyman says:
  • I’d greenhouse that biah!

    Surlistyc says:
  • pokeball

    Rovva says:
  • fuck good idea ,,, needs to be improvised ,,,

    abbas ali says:
  • sounds like id be buried alive. just imagine your going down an over flooded river and you get caught under a bridge.

    Zaswa says:
  • The mechanism for injury is much to great this would never work. No human could possibly hold on to a small bar considering the energy produced during a tsunami.

    thisismoronic says:
  • why not live in them!?

    yoda says:
  • All of these negative commenters seem to be expecting some magical impenetrable orb which absorbs all shock. Would you rather be buried alive in a small sphere or buried alive in nothing but muck and rubble? Would you rather be thrown around inside of a 1.2m space or thrown around without such a container. These arguments are akin to dismissal of car airbags because they can burn you and break your nose (disregarding the overall mitigation of injury provided).

    C'mon guys says:
  • This is where all the Pokemon monsters come from. It’s only good for guinea pig.

    Pikachu says:
  • you people are all idiots, criticizing the design… did you guys invent something to save a persons life in the event of a natural disaster?? Its either hop in this ball and if your an idiot dont hold on and break some bones, or die from drowning or from being smashed into something by the force of thousands of gallons of water.

    sherlock says:
  • Hello, I am interested on your
    product. please let me know how can I buy it, and if you have any sales for Christmas

    Georgia Christiansen says:
  • Have you ever seen the hub caps on car that are stationary while wheel turns? Sphere within a sphere. That solves the problem of going heads over heels in this thing. Doesn’t solve the problem of fire, being crushed or being stuck and dying in the mud. LOL

    AVI says:

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