After the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, people have been coming up with all kinds of inventions to be able to protect themselves during times of disaster. The latest creative design prototype is from industrial designer Kota Nezu of Znug Design is a chair that can be turned into a hard hat during earthquakes.
Unveiled during Tokyo Designers Week, the chair/hat is called Mamoris, a combination of the Japanese words mamoru, meaning “to protect,” and isu, the word for “chair.” When you’re using the device as a chair, the hat is hidden under it, although some say it makes it look like you’re sitting on a toilet. But the moment you need a hard hat during one of the usual tremors that Japan constantly experiences, you just turn a dial that detaches the back which is actually connected to the helmet. Just turn it upside down and voila, you now have protection for your head, neck and back. It’s hardly stylish but during times of disaster, the last thing you think about is whether or not you look hot or not right?
If you’re in a hurry to get one of these awesome chair/hats in your house, don’t hold your breath yet. Right now it’s still just a prototype and isn’t available for commercial sale just yet. The designers are still in the process of getting a patent for their invention so you’ll have to wait a few more months before you can sit on the chair while waiting for the next big earthquake.
[ via CNet ]
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