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Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies
SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with capacity for 10 and 20 people. Equipped with safety belts, protective seating and a spot for a wheelchair bound person, the pod is meant to stay afloat while waiting for rescue teams. It is accessed either through the main door positioned above the waterline, or through a roof mounted hatch.
The structure is easily transportable and occupies a single car parking space. The basic model can be purchased for $44,000, and the price can go up to $48,000, depending on the amount of additional equipment. It can be outfitted with photovoltaics, child seats, beds and an external generator.
Tajima Motor Corporation plans to manufacture 1,000 units by the end of 2014, with more to come next year. According to the company’s press release, the design will soon become open source, which would enable smaller companies to create their own versions.
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