Earthquake Airbags Levitate Houses To Safety
The protection mechanism triggered by seismic activity lifts homes up to protect them from damage.
In the wake of recent devastating earthquakes and tsunamis, a Japanese company has reconceptualized home design for danger zones. They have developed a levitation system with airbags that are triggered by seismic activity, which lift homes up to protect them from damage.
Spoon & Tamago reports that the technology from Air Danshin Systems involves installing a set of mechanisms around the building and a sensor that responds within one second of an earthquake. This activates a compressor, forcing air under the house and pushing it up to 3cm from the shaking foundation. A valve controls the air and keeps the building steady as it levitates, before it slowly lowers back onto the reinforced concrete.