Gallery: Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minut...

 
We've seen a ton of emergency shelter concepts, and it's always exciting to see when one of these ideas becomes a reality. Life Cube, an inflatable tent that can set up in just five minutes is an example of a smart shelter design that has actually been built. Packed neatly into a recycled plastic container, it contains all the basic necessities needed post-disaster, including food, water, a battery, lights, radio, solar trickle charger and of course, a place to recuperate. Although the Life Cube hasn't been vetted in a real world scenario, the company has at least had a chance to show it off to the Red Cross.

Life Cube offers 144 sq ft of instant emergency space and requires no tools to set up. The shelter arrives in a crate made from post-consumer recycled plastic shipping pallets and can be rolled if necessary using these patented steel round frame inserts. Upon arrival to a safe location, the plastic pallets are removed and laid on the ground in a square with an entrance pad. We have to assume there are 4 panels stowed inside the 6 sided cube in order to make the full square base.

Then a CO2 canister included with the package inflates the canopy, which is manufactured by the Patten Company, who has made NAVY life-rafts for over 50 years. The inflatable canopy is made from polyester fabric that is tear-proof and fire-retardant and designed to withstand winds up to 50 mph. There are three doors, which allow multiple shelters to be lined-up and zipped together creating multiple rooms.

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5 Comments

  1. Bill Brunner December 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Is This For Sale To The General Public

  2. ater December 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    were to buy one

  3. nckpedersen September 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Life Cube is hosting a fundraiser for the American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter. Donations can be made online at:

    http://sbredcross.givezooks.com/campaigns/life-cube-fundraiser

  4. Melody J Haislip September 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I hear you about the five minutes, but how long would it take an extremely right-brained blonde?

  5. bobsgirl September 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I suspect that the steel wheels attached could be reworked a bit. Even in the photo supplied they were coming apart at the seams. Under more duress they just wouldn’t hold up. These wheels working are key to making this a viable option as the whole purpose of this project is to be mobile and convenient. I can’t imagine them being of any use in a war/earthquake zone. Thick mud or or water would be the end of them. Something rust proof and long lasting is the ticket. Perhaps some thick rubber or even solid plastic rings that can be reused for some other function within the shelter after being used.

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