In areas where earthquakes are common, school children are taught to get under their desks by instinct, but even a desk cannot take everything that is thrown at it! However, Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno are designers from Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, they have come up with something that just might save lives and that cannot be overlooked.
Apparently there are around three hundred million school kids that go to school in earthquake zones and this earthquake proof desk can take up to a ton in weight dropped from around ten feet, which of course is going to make a lot of difference when it comes surviving in an earthquake zone.
This is the story behind the school desk that can protect during an earthquake;
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.
There are no exact prices available for this table yet, but it is estimated that each table could cost two to three times the price of a standard school desk.
Source [Oh Gizmo]