This Bed Could Save You in an Earthquake! Is It Genius or Just a Gimmick?
gimmick: an unusual feature that is used to attract attention or sell products, but often does not have real value or purpose
Have you ever heard of a bed that can protect you during an earthquake? Russian inventor Dahir Insaat has designed an anti-earthquake bed. It turns into a shelter with strong walls and a metal roof, plus air vents and emergency food and water.
Imagine you’re sleeping in a normal bed, and then you wake up inside a metal box with food, water, and an air supply. Is it a lifesaver or a panic trigger? Some are scared of getting trapped in it, calling it a “convertible coffin.”
Chinese inventor, Wang Wenxi, has made something similar. His anti-earthquake bed also protects the sleeper inside an armored interior.
Indian inventor Pulkit Ahuja has a different solution. He has created a protective canopy that comes out when it detects an earthquake.
Are these beds the future of earthquake safety or just a fancy gimmick?
Watch the video below to see the beds in action.
1. The restaurant’s gimmick was serving meals in complete darkness, making the dining experience unique.
2. The new car had a gimmick where the doors opened upwards, but it didn’t make the car drive any better.
3. The hotel’s customers never saw any human staff, just robots. It was a gimmick, but it got them a lot of publicity.