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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Earthquake-proof tables

At any given time, more than 300,000,000 pupils worldwide are facing impending danger since their schools are not built to withstand an earthquake. Of special concern are areas along geological rift lines and children in developing countries, where construction quality can be poor.

While it is common to instruct pupils to crawl under tables in case of an earthquake, existing non earthquake designated classroom tables often turn into lethal traps for those taking refuge.

The "Earthquake-Proof Table" is designed for a range of building types and collapse scenarios. It provides a comprehensive solution by creating both covering protection and passageways for rescue team accessibility.

To date, the patent pending design has successfully withstood a series of rigorous vertical impact tests and is currently awaiting official approval of the world leading Structural Engineering department of Padua University, Italy.

In addition to various weight and ceiling collapse patterns, the Earthquake-Proof Table addresses the financial limitations of the schools that need it through economical, yet responsible production methods and inexpensive materials.

Designed according to sound ergonomic principles, the Earthquake table is light enough for two children to lift and move, as well as adapted to classroom cleaning and other routine, non-emergency needs.

The table was initiated as a final project at the Industrial Design department at the "Bezalel Academy of Art and Design" in Jerusalem, Israel. The table was designed by (then) student Arthur Brutter under guidance of Senior Lecturer Ido Bruno. After completion of Arthur's studies, and upon his request, the project became a joint venture of Arthur, Ido, and Bezalel labs R&D.

The table is currently licensed for manufacture and distribution in Israel by "A.D. Meraz industries Ltd." a school furniture manufacturer.

Product design and development: Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno.

Yes, it's Israeli high tech. 

Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl).

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At 12:33 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Sounds like they could have used these in Oklahoma.


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