Life Ball

Student Artwork  Life Ball


The Inspiration

Every year, around 60,000 people die worldwide in natural disasters. The majority of the deaths is caused by building collapse in earthquakes, and the great majority occurs in the developing world (90%). This is despite the fact that construction solutions exist that can almost completely eliminate the risk of such deaths. Why is this? The construction solutions are both expensive and technically demanding, so that the benefit-cost ratio of such solutions is often unfavorable. In such cases a functional and less expensive solution would be helpful.

Stages of Development

While the majority of survivors of these events is found and extricated quickly, some are subjected to prolonged periods of entrapment before they are rescued. It’s a truncated icosahedron (like a soccer ball) based on a stainless steel rod skeleton, which makes it a strong structure that resists under the rubble and saves people who are inside it. It can be assembled anywhere and definitely takes some room.

The Function

The skeleton is made of 90 rods and 58 simple joints and 2 special joints for the door. 12 pentagonal and 20 hexagonal panels are used to assemble LifeBall. These panels are made of double sheet steel plates which is fireproof and have cushions on the other side. These panels are connected together using screws and installed on the skeletal structure. This creates a strong fort, which can resist the high weight of rubble. One of the pentagonal panels is the interior lighting part and there are two doors which are special due to the handle and different form of cushioning. There is also one punched hexagonal panel used for air conditioning.

The floor is divided to 6 containers plus a cylindrical cage for the battery. Preserved food, drinking water, first aid, tools and utilities like screwdriver, hammer... and a place for connectivity and electronic solutions to help rescue teams find the trapped people in at LifeBall. A CDMA modem which can connect to a data center to give a report about LifeBall situation can be used. There also can be an alarm system to make noise and request help from rescue teams. Computing part can contain a device to let users interact with LifeBall’s main features. Such as controlling lighting, direct communicating with rescue teams and... It also contains a sensor to test air pollution and prevent gas leak intoxication by switching from air conditioner to oxygen capsule.

4 adults can sit comfortably on the side seats and still there is some place for another person to sit tight. After falling rubble on LifeBall it starts sending data to rescue teams letting them know that people are trapped there. Trapped people can consume the food and water and wait for the help to arrive. Search and rescue teams can find and take LifeBall out of rubble easily and very fast as it not required to go through rubbles very carefully. When not being used as a Panic Room Lifeball can be a playhouse house for children.





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