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EDV-01: Robotic Emergency Shelter is Entirely Self-Sufficient
Posted By Andrew Michler On January 20, 2011 @ 8:09 pm In Architecture,Design,Disaster-proof design,Prefab Housing | 2 Comments
Japan just unveiled the future of emergency housing  in the form of the Emergency Disaster Vehicle, or EDV-01. The innovative design is fully-automated, capable of automatically doubling its size, and can be transported to anywhere you can set a shipping container. Developed by Diawa Lease , the shelter is a paragon of high-tech Japanese engineering — call it an emergency shelter  robot.
The 10-ton container-sized unit can travel by ship, truck, or even helicopter. Set the EDV-01 down and it quickly transforms into a full-service shelter for medical aid, storage, logistics, or whatever you can think of. Hydraulic pads can level it quickly on uneven ground. Once set, an outer skin raises to create a full-sized second story. Solar electric panels cover the roof and one side of the building, enabling it to be self-sufficient. Other self-sufficiency measures include a system that collects water condensation, a hydrogen electrolysis system, and satellite dish.
Inside is a sink and shower with a waterless toilet accessible by a separate outdoor room. The rest of the lower half looks to be for storage and on-board equipment. A ladder provides access to the second story, which is a large room with a desk at one end and a couple bunks at the other. The design features a perforated skin reminiscent of Virginia Tech’s Lumenhuas , and it’s every bit as transportable to boot. Check out this action-packed video  to learn more.
+ Diawa Lease 
Via Gizmodo 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/01/edv-01-7.jpg
 emergency housing: http://inhabitat.com/tag/emergency-housing
 Diawa Lease: http://www.daiwalease.co.jp/edv-01/edv01_special.html
 emergency shelter: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=emergency+housing
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/01/edv-01-9.jpg
 Solar electric : http://inhabitat.com/category/solar-power/
 Virginia Tech’s Lumenhuas: http://inhabitat.com/virginia-techs-lumenhaus-wins-the-2010-europe-solar-decathlon/
 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyZqd4jmv9Y&feature=player_embedded
 Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5736501/japanese-post+disaster-house-can-spring-into-shape-in-under-five-minutes
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