Air Bags for the Elderly

Wearable air bags may be able to protect seniors from injuries


Falls are a significant source of injuries for elderly people. A Tokyo-based company, Prop, thinks it knows how to prevent some of these traumas: a wearable set of air bags. The New York Times reports

“The device looks something like a fishing vest with a fanny pack attached. When its built-in motion sensors detect a fall, it inflates two air bags — one around the hips, the other around the neck — in a 10th of a second. Instant Michelin Man. It retails in Japan for approximately $1,400.”

Check out this BBC video of the device.