[dropcap]B[/dropcap]EIJING – Wang Wenxi’s design will slam you inside a reinforced chamber at the first sign of a quake. It’s something you have to see to believe. Do you lie in bed at night worrying that an earthquake could strike at any moment, burying you in a metal box?
Well, Chinese inventor Wang Wenxi has the answer. He’s designed an earthquake-proof bed that promises to keep you safe should your house fall down in the small hours.
When a quake hits, the bed’s mechanism will spring into action, slamming you into a reinforced chamber, a bit like a tiny panic room, where (we assume) you’re supposed to sit tight and await rescue.
Wang was apparently granted a patent for his design in 2010, but it only recently captured the public’s imagination after this concept video appeared on YouTube and started doing the rounds on social media over the last few days.
As the video shows, Wang’s bed includes storage space for drinking water, canned food, and other vital supplies to keep you alive in your tiny little metal coffin until help arrives.
Speaking to reporters in 2010, Wang said: “The Wenchuan and Yushu earthquakes caused heavy casualties so I thought the most serious thing I could do was to invent something to reduce the toll in lives.”
The Wenchuan earthquake, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, left nearly 87,000 people dead or missing in 2008. Yushu, in the northwestern Qinghai province, was hit by a quake that killed nearly 2,700 people in 2010.
Wang told, the bed would be suitable for brick and concrete low-rise buildings and bungalows.