Australian Matt Duncan was so affected by news of the Japanese tsunami which struck in 2011 and took roughly 23,000 lives that he put his engineering skills to the test.
More commonly known for his construction of luxury house boats, the engineer wondered if a pod with enough strength to ride out a tsunami could be made affordably.
The result? A submersible pod which he says can keep people safe in the face of such powerful waves, at least until help arrives.
The Tsunami Survival Pod (TSP), on the brink of being made commercially available, is suitable to accommodate up to four people, including children. It can be stored in a standard garage.
The pod will go on sale eventually for around $8,900.
Images credit: Matt Duncan/Havana Houseboats