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From Illuminating Lane Lines to Floating Disaster Shelters

By: Jen Chae - Published:
These flood-conscious creations prove that creative design in itself can be a safety measure. Whether it be for architecture, tech gadgets or simple floating devices, some designers and engineers have kept in mind potential circumstances like floods.

The illuminating lane lights concept by a group of engineers in China strives to caution roads after an intense rainfall. This idea incorporates tire-safe cat eye road studs, integrated LED lights and H2O batteries; the safety lights would automatically illuminate when water level begins to rise. The intensity of the light beams allow the public to see where they are going even with a flood a foot in depth, guiding drivers and pedestrians.

A handy safety boat design by a Chinese Professor is also proactive and would be useful. The FoldingBoat is a clever portable design for flood-prone zones. Because massive flotation devices are hard to store and transport, the designer came up with something completely flat and foldable so that it is lighter and takes up less room.