Disaster Technology – Have We Gone Bionic?

Disaster Technology – Have We Gone Bionic?

October 18

When it comes to disaster recovery, business disasters aren’t the only ones we have to worry about. There are also real disasters of the apocalyptic kind – the ones we think about in those disaster movies we love so much. Back in the 1970s, the Six Million Dollar Man gave us a snapshot of what the future might look like. It included the famous catchphrase “We can rebuild him…we have the technology.” We’ve got even more tech wizardry available now, so how can this help during disaster scenarios?

One of the coolest recent projects in this space comes from Tokyo based Takram Design Engineering who have put together the conceptual Shenu: Hydrolemic System. While originally working on a project to design a water bottle for a post-disaster future, the design team abandoned that idea to look at how the human body could become the water bottle. The resulting kit includes a ration of water and nutrients together with a set of artificial organs which “work synchronously to regulate the water loss so that people with these organs can consume less water to survive compared to those without.”

This wearable system includes nasal cavity inserts to stop people losing water when they breathe; a neck collar and heat exchangers that prevent the loss of water when people perspire and generate electricity at the same time; and two devices to filter the moisture out of solid and liquid human waste. The system also regulates body temperature for ultimate efficiency. It’s just a prototype, but one day it could become a reality and save some lives.

While the Shenu: Hydrolemic System is one of the most exciting devices around, there are many other gadgets which cater for an uncertain future. For example, there’s the portable Lifesaver product range which filters dirty water efficiently, almost instantly creating clean water for you to drink. Available in all sizes from a bottle to a 750 liter water bowser, this could be the best home or business accessory to make sure you have the hydration you need.

There’s also the prototype wearable clean air bubble which might be just the ticket for avoiding the polluted air most expect in a post-apocalyptic landscape. There are a couple of versions in development, but they do basically the same thing – allow the wearer to purify the air as they go. What if you want to find out how clean the air is? Then you might need the Climate Dress developed by Danish firm Diffus. This integrates circuits into the embroidery, using these circuits to power the dress according to the number of greenhouse gases in the air. If your dress is shining too brightly, then it could be time for a gas mask.

Wearables aside, there are plenty of other cool gadgets for a post-apocalyptic future. For example, there’s the BioLite HomeStove (also available in a camping version). This neat gadget allows you to cook with wood while avoiding the smoke inhalation problems of open fires. And even better, it keeps your electronics charged, so even at the end of the world you can still listen to some of your favorite tunes.

In case of disaster, you will also need tools, but there’s no reason to choose one set over the other. Instead, you could compress all your needs into the 2 pound Wenger Giant Swiss Army Knife. It will set you back a couple of grand (if it’s in stock) but it’s got 87 implements and 141 functions, ensuring you will never be at a loss if you need to cut, spear, scoop or remove something.

Finally, if you’re afraid of the dark – and let’s face it, end-of-the-world darkness is very scary – you might need the MPowered Luci, a solar-powered light with a rechargeable battery. This technology allows you to have illumination even if there’s no electricity – let’s hope the sun keeps shining after the apocalypse!

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