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Noah
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A escape pod for tsunamis and other disasters that holds up to four adults and floats on water

Detailed Description:
It looks like one giant tennis ball, but this Japanese inventions yellow capsule could be the key to survival if the country gets hit by another powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Known drawbacks of design:
-

Designed in:
2012

Status of realization:
In production

Challenge(s):
Health

Region of use:
Asia

Form/Impact/Context

Form
"Noah" is about 1.2 meters — or four feet — in diameter, with one hatch, one glass window and two holes for drainage and ventilation. It's made out of fiber reinforced plastic, which is lighter but also stronger than steel. It keeps water out and its occupants afloat, all the while protecting them from floating debris. Its bright yellow color was designed to attract the attention of rescuers. And if all of that wasn't enough, it's small enough to fit into an average Japanese home. Kids will love playing inside it, and those who are anxious about earthquakes will find peace of mind just by keeping it in their house.

Impact
The Noah Disaster Shelter was created by New CosmoPower to offer a last ditch method of protection in the event that you are unable to escape an oncoming tsunami, or find yourself trapped in a major earthquake. The pod can fit up to four adults, and while resistant to direct impacts and water, it won't protect you in the event of a fire. The yellow color is to ensure easy detection in the aftermath of an event, and the pole is for passengers to hold on to during a rough ride.

Context
After the March 11 disaster that devastated a wide swath of Japan's northeastern coast and left 20,000 dead or presumed dead, this personal flotation device that could survive an earthquake and the tsunami that might follow.

Business

Is the design protected by patent or ip registration?
Patent

How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
Company development costs

Is there a plan for future investments?
Not known

Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
Yes

Credits

Designed by:
Cosmo Power Co.Ltd.

Title/Role:
Team

Professional status of designer:
-

Nationality:
Japan

City/Country of residence:
Japan