TENS OF MILLIONS OF COASTAL residents face rising tides from earthquakes and tsunamis. Preparedness experts suggest infrastructure like evacuation centers and seawalls for protection, but proactive residents can also turn to the two-seater Survival Capsule, a 4.5-foot spherical escape pod.
The orb is built to bob. Its aviation-grade aluminum shell should hold its shape, even when massive waves and debris pummel houses and cars. Water tanks and built-in seats (there are models to accommodate up to 16 passengers) concentrate the craft’s weight at the bottom, so, like a pontoon boat, the sphere stays upright. Evacuees seal themselves inside behind a submarine-style door—turning a wheel to engage locking arms that hold the hatch in place. And though the pod comes with a coated steel tether, Coast Guard–approved “marine orange” paint makes the bubble easy to spot if it floats out to sea.