A new invention may help ease the fears of people who live in or work in high-rise buildings. It's called the SOS Parachute, and its inventor, Morris Shahbazi of Panama, describes the product as a high-evacuation system that can be used in the event of a fire or a disaster.
Shahbazi says he has tested his SOS Parachute 13 times himself, and each of those 13 times, he was successful. So what makes his parachute different from a conventional chute? Shahbazi said, "My chute opens faster than a conventional parachute, and as a result it needs only 100 feet of drop to be fully operational." In case you're wondering, that's about 10 stories high in most buildings.
Shahbazi said that he got the idea for the life-saving apparatus after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. So far, people have been writing positive comments about the concept of the parachute, with many saying they're anxious to get their hands on one and test it out. (Um – our advice? Don’t try this at home, unless you have no other choice.)
Shahbazi's company has now opened offices in Singapore, Dubai, and America. He is expecting to open an office in London next. According to the SOS Company's website, the product will be available soon for purchase. No word yet on how much it will cost.