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'House Airbag' Protects Home From Earthquake

Another airbag is designed for pedestrians
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2012 1:48 PM CST

(Newser) – Airbags: not just for your car anymore. Japanese company Air Danshin has invented an ingenious system that raises a house 3 centimeters off the ground when earthquake tremors are detected, the Guardian reports. Sensors detect both the beginning and the end of a quake, and the airbags deflate when the shaking stops. Watch a demonstration in the gallery. Meanwhile, Volvo has a new airbag designed for pedestrians, notes Mashable. It's designed to protect people who get hit by a car and land on the front hood. See that video here. (Read more earthquake stories.)

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