Most of the time natural disasters lie in the back of our minds. But current events have brought them to the forefront. An ongoing theme in the coverage of Katrina and the Pakistani earthquake is the role technology will play in helping cope with disasters like these in the future.
One example is how blogs responded in the aftermath of Katrina (or will respond with future Katrinas), but another theme is with good old fashion gadgets.
A Japanese research firm Oyo has made a gadget that can pinpoint the exact location (and depth) of a person buried alive in a natural disaster.
The gadget works like a radar and bounces off a breathing chest, so even if the person cannot move under rubble, as long as they can breath, this gadget will detect them.
Hopefully we won’t find any use for it soon, but I’m glad to know that energy is being spent in this field.
This is very nice. I think number of such gadeget were used in surviving people under rubble (earthquake in Pakistan)who were alive and arround 200 people were rescued by Japnese, Frenchs and Britains.
Such or other types of gadgets were used to rescue people under rubble when an earthquake jolted Pakistan recently.