To define the problem, we undertook a five month research project to to fully identify possible product solutions. Animated below, is an overview of all areas covered and its key findings.
Cura is an early warning earthquake alarm system designed for the home. Our answer to the high loss of life experienced post earthquake. Connecting communities to seismic institutions, Cura enables up to 60 seconds to escape a building before the main shock hits. Complete with lighting, housed first aid and survival equipment, Cura is the first responder to any emergency…
Early in our research it became apparent the high death tolls after earthquakes result from a lack of basic first aid supplies in affected areas, this is made even more difficult when infrastructure designed to get supplies to population centres is destroyed. Our answer to this problem is to have the supplies already there waiting, doubling as an alarm system to get people out of the danger zones.
The higher the poverty, the more at risk the population is. Throughout the pacific ring of fire, those affected the most are those in the lower-income bracket. Poorly constructed buildings cause immediate deaths in collapse. We wanted to find a solution to early warning detection whilst bridging the gap between NGO response time and first aid.
With the World Health Organisation working in schools and local areas, children are often the source of information to their parents and family. With a more integrated system, the household will be able to warn of the earthquake and assist them in the aftermath of destruction.
The research and prototyping phase made it clear that the product had to be easily accessible, near the exit preferably. This required iterative testing in the engagement of such a device. The final solution leveraged magnets and a thin steel wall mount bracket.