Are Levitating Homes the Solution to Natural Disasters?

Levitating Homes - Japan's solution to natural disasters
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Japanese researchers have developed an airbag-like system that keeps your home afloat during natural disasters and helps reduce impact.

It is near the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, more technological advances have been developed to prepare the country for possible future natural disasters. One of the most interesting inventions is the home levitation system, which is strong enough to lift your home off the shaking ground, and keep it as unaffected as possible.

Levitating Homes - Japan's solution to natural disasters

When your home is in levitation mode, an indoor control regulates how your home floats. The result being everything in your home remains balanced. A home can be lifted up to 3 centimeters or approximately 1.2 inches. When the earthquake is over, the compressor is turned off and the home gently returns to its foundation.

Air Danshin System Inc. is the creator and claims the airbag-type system is not only effective but costs 1/3 of the cost of other earthquake-proofing systems and needs little maintenance. The company hopes to continue installing this system to larger buildings, such as downtown offices and high-rise apartments, as they are potentially more dangerous and need efficient ways to keep the structures safe.

Even before the 2011 earthquake, Japanese researchers have been developing ways to keep buildings secure from natural disasters. In 2010, an elastic iron alloy was created as an alternative resource to make buildings more adaptable to shifting outdoor conditions. The alloy contains a shape-memory set of wires that architects would theoretically integrate into structures, making buildings flow with the earthquake’s movements but maintaining the wall’s shape by being stretchy enough to not fall apart.

In an event of a tsunami, a floating home system has been invented, using a similar system as the levitating home which lifts the house onto a bed of durable foam. When a flood occurs, the Float House is kept safe for up to 12 feet of water by essentially turning the home into a boat, with enough battery power to sustain electrical uses for up to three days.

While these innovations are fascinating, it’s good to take extra precautions to prepare yourselves from natural disasters.

The video below shows what the levitating system looks like in action. It shows the developers testing it out on two live humans.

You have to admit it’s an interesting idea.

We should remind you that even if you have one of these systems, you will still need food, water and supplies to get through a disaster. Just because your home is unaffected, everything else will still be affected. Therefore the need to still be self-sufficient for a proper time.


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