Titanic Needed This!

One of the biggest fears while evacuating a sinking ship is the possibility of survivors being carried away by the tide, and people getting lost at sea. The Network Tube is a rescue tube with magnetic properties and aims to form a floating cluster, bringing people together via GPS. When people huddle together, they not only boost each other’s morale, but they also increase their chances of survival.

Network Tube is a 2011 Spark Awards entry.

Designers: Son Kijo, Joon Hyoung Seo, Uhm Hyung Woo, Choi JinYoung & Kim Junpyo

81 Comments

  • Nonsense. Titanic sunk in cold Atlatic seas, so occupants of this ‘life west’ would be frozen. If it was somewhere in Pacific – sharks would eat their legs… Bad design.

  • American Oz says:

    one problem… the Titanic sank in frigid waters. If they used this contraption, they’d be exposed to the frigid water and still die rather quickly from rapid-onset hypothermia.

  • Paul Vans says:

    I think its a great idea, a bit of a chance is better than no chance!

  • Johnny says:

    Survive the sinking only to succumb to exposure. Brilliant! The fact that enclosed lifeboats complete with emergency rations and other survival gear are on all passenger ships in this modern era apparently escaped the notice of the designers.

  • Ed says:

    Unless there’s rescue minutes away this is a great way of keeping the bodies together for identification.

    What holds the people in? Nothing as far as I can see. GPS robot that seeks out others? How much does it weigh, how much do the magnets weigh, how strong are they?

    On the plus side, if you get enough people/bodies together you could spell SOS with the rings, then your chances of survival are increased.

  • Cap says:

    sharks will be delighted with this invention.

  • elleryxo says:

    lol

  • Maryline says:

    Great idea, I love it. I don’t think this is an alternative to lifeboats but one to floaters. Of course there is always uncontrollable situations like the weather and the sharks, but regrouping people together (considering that today if you escape a boat on a floater you are pretty much on your own) is a good idea. People can keep moral up, and many minds working together is better than one.

    On the downside, you need to consider the weight of this thing, and the cost. It seems like it will be considerably more expensive than a regular floaters.

    Great concept!

  • Rupert says:

    Sorry, but this is a badly conceived design.

  • Kim says:

    sorry for nonsensing
    but we never announced about Titanic things
    just guessing administator wrote things up.
    same as you are ,, we are not a a****le ..
    PLZ dont judge what is good or bad design with that much fragmentary standard.
    it just ‘concept’ design man…you need that much strict, petty yardstick of judgement??

  • Chapman B. says:

    Great idea, and nice design! Realistically though, it would be to expensive to ever be mass produced and used…

  • wh666 says:

    How so cap’pan?

    Last time I checked, sharks didnt carry gps receivers.

  • moshs says:

    If I had a 100 tons of sinking steel near me, the last thing what I want is to attach a magnet around my body … thanks, but no.

  • max says:

    awesome concept. obviously the issues have been mentioned (frost, sharks, etc..) but i think the important idea is the use of the GPS robots to gather everyone together, which I think is brilliant.

    also to the comment about the magnet… that’s retarded. unless the devices are within only a few feet of the boat (inches even), the magnet will not be attracted to it.

  • elleryxo says:

    There is a legend of a man who lives beneath the sea. He is a fisher of men, a last hope for all those who’ve been left behind. He is know as the Guardian.

  • creativman says:

    creative idea but not practical at all. in fact it is a step back from the survival/rescue methods of the present day!

    this may be useful for creative-thinking workshops though!

  • meherchaitanya says:

    the issues which are spoken of aren’t issues at all coz dying together with someone else is better than no one!!!!
    I am sure that they mean that we can use these as a replacement to the normal life jackets and not the life boats.

  • Jimmy C says:

    Right. Your heart’s in the right place, but it’s a little misguided. Why not just do this with regular life rafts?

  • Den says:

    Well… I think, the answer is “no”… cause it looks not so usefull to be in use… well, about design – I was astonished, that’s true, think it is cool, but as tool it is not in the right way…

  • ahmed says:

    are you assuming everything will float on its own and robot will face no waves is it for the “dead sea” I think it is a stupid cool looking design what the hell is wrong with your standards yanko

  • Joseph dumary says:

    Wow!! Nice concept man!

  • Akira ZHONG says:

    No product could solve every problems my friend.Maybe the designer put this product into a wrong scenario.But I still think it is a brainy design.

  • Zune says:

    “Victims huddle and wait to be rescued” looks more like “victims huddle and PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999!”

  • jospar says:

    good idea what if no magnet but a proximity alarm which bleeps faster when nearer a cluster of rings.

  • chloe says:

    haha looks like a shark’s dinner plate!

  • Hannah says:

    Great idea, but definitely not as well thought out as it should be. There needs to be a floor and cushioning and blankets and other tools for survival. Not just a magnetic pool toy.

  • Leah says:

    i think this is a great idea. Designers are asked to think outside of the box. I see a great idea for inland waters instead of just the ocean. No predators eating at your ankles and the waters are fairly stable during boating season. It would do its service great if there was ever a boat sinking in a lake.

  • …images 2,3,4 show victims in the water up to their hips, which means:

    1. there’s a floor on which they stand,
    2. it’s designed for some salty seas and lakes (like dead sea) which have great viscosity (not allowing anything to sink – but why life vests then?)
    3. the body of water is just 1m deep…

    which means designers either have never swum before (while swimming in anything deeper than 2m, water is up to your arms and neck) or just don’t know how to draw… which adds some extra quality on an already ‘great concept’.

    (double fail)

  • KIIM says:

    damn you pessimistic
    Whats wrong with you guy??
    That picture might be just for understanding some idiots like you …

  • Can’t stand a critic? Your problem.

    Saying “oops, we didn’t think of that” would be better than calling critics idiots, a55h01e5, etc.

    Since you can’t stand critic like a man, I’ll choose my words now with even more care: Your concept sux.

    Using this ‘concept’ requires being awake and full of power after dipping in cold water and staying there for hours lifevest once buttoned up and inflated will keep you afloat even if you pass away (before that happens, you can use your hands for something else, like swimming)

    Both solutions can’t fight hypothermia – so inflatable life boat (especially with walls and roof like yurt) solves that. And it can have a gps transmitter, and first aid…

  • Michael says:

    aka “The Shark Buffet”

  • Barry says:

    Magnets would stick people to the boat !!!! Bad idea folks !

  • Quebec Guy says:

    Replace the magnets by velcro or an ordinary rope and there might be some space to fit a wetsuit or a drysuit.

    It’s ok to criticize a product but you could suggest a better solution guys !!

  • caraag says:

    Apparently none of u know anything about jumping overboard. They have survival suits they can wear and they have a tent they can put over top of the raft to avoid exposure from the wind as well. I think this is a great move in the right direction.

  • It’s a great idea…hope it saves many lives.

  • theVoid says:

    why is there so much debate about this?
    It’s just really not practical. It’s one of those ideas that seems brilliant, until you actually imagine using it.
    Imagine using this.
    It doesn’t have to do with sharks or frigid water.
    Consider: Magnet, Robot
    these things aren’t light weight
    This thing doesn’t look compact
    Where would it be kept?
    Five of these would take up the space in which a liferaft that can hold twenty people could be.
    saying “Go easy it’s just a concept design” is stupid, it’s a bad concept, and honestly the design aspect of things (aesthetically) is about the absolute last thing that will ever matter on ANY safety equipment.

  • Ivan says:

    What’s with everyone’s shark obsession? The chances of being attacked by a shark – even in a shipwreck situation – are very slim. In the last 400 years there has been less than 2400 attacks and less than 500 deaths due to shark attacks. Even if there is blood in the water and there happens to be a shark nearby, a group of people is still much less likely to be attacked than an individual floating alone. This is an invention to help against drowning, which is a far more likely way to die than becoming shark food. Remember people: Jaws was a movie. For more shark info visit: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/sharks1.html

  • Ivan says:

    What’s with everyone’s shark obsession? The chances of being attacked by a shark – even in a shipwreck situation – are very slim. In the last 400 years there has been less than 2400 attacks and less than 500 resulting in death. Even if there is blood in the water and there happens to be a shark nearby, a group of people is still much less likely to be attacked than an individual floating alone. Remember people: Jaws was a movie.
    This is an invention to help against drowning, which is a far more likely way to die after a shipwreck than becoming shark food. Everyone talks about these ideal situations where you have covered life boats; if you’re shipwrecked your situation is far from ideal. This device seems far better than a standard life ring, and if I were treading water alone after my vessel sank and one of these floated by, I’d be very thankful.

  • Ivan Buhr says:

    What’s with everyone’s shark obsession? The chances of being attacked by a shark – even in a shipwreck situation – are very slim. In the last 400 years there has been less than 2400 attacks and less than 500 resulting in death. Even if there is blood in the water and there happens to be a shark nearby, a group of people is still much less likely to be attacked than an individual floating alone. Remember people: Jaws was a movie.

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