When disaster strikes, get ready to live in this box

Japanese develop self-contained units for disaster workers, victims

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Setting up temporary housing for disaster victims is always a tricky situation, not only for victims who may find themselves out of a home due to the earthquake, tsunami or tornado, but also for emergency workers who are there to help.

With most of the infrastructure also destroyed (water, electricity, plumbing, etc.), much temporary housing ends up being an extended camping trip for most people (and we all know how "fun" camping can get).

In this DigInfo news video, we get to visit the EDV-01 Disaster Response Unit, which can allow two people to live inside after a disaster, yet provide things like water for bathing (and drinking), and electricity via solar and hydrogen fuel cells. The unit also comes with a satellite connection for workers who need Internet access.

It could be sometime before we see these developed widespread - I'd imagine that the clean and sterile environment presented in this video would get dirty and smelly rather quickly once actual human beings start living in them.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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