If you’re someone that likes to keep up to date with the latest in emerging technologies, or you enjoy things that are genuinely terrifying, you’ll wan’t to check this out.
In mid December a video surfaced that showed six different types of bed that, in the event of an earthquake, will swallow you entirely into it’s steel bowels where food and supplies will keep you alive, hopefully until you are rescued.
So many questions. What happens if you aren’t sleeping in the middle? What if you get stuck on the way down? Will it cut you in half? How the hell is anyone supposed to have a good night sleep when your bed thinks that you’re food?
Chinese inventor Wang Wenxi was granted a patent for the bed in 2010, drawing inspiration from the cold, unrelenting stare of death; “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.”
If it were me, I’d probably take my chances with the earthquake, but that’s easy to say when you live in a country devoid of any major earthquakes or fault lines.
The big question of course, is will the bed be a roaring success? It’s hard to tell at this stage given that there are no working models to confirm the ridiculous speeds at which the automatic coffin will take you.
There is, however, an earlier video of a prototype that is much gentler in it’s approach to devouring you.
So while we might not be able enjoy the benefits of such a wonderful device, it could be worth keeping an eye on, especially for those who like to invest in emerging technologies.