helco wrote:You're right, a child's toy probably would not be sturdy enough. The inflatable donut would have to be able to move on the seat belt to accomodate the placement of the wound. Maybe velcro could be used to keep the donut positioned properly.
Yes, but who said there would only be one wound? There's no reason to constrict yourself to just one wound that might or might not fit in the circle. Perhaps we should reinvent the "wheel", and instead of seat belts (which, admittedly, hurt quite a bit when you're flying around) perhaps we could use...something? I really don't know how to reinvent it, but if we're going to make something that could work with an assortment of wounds, bruises, or stuff like that we'd need something sturdy, flexible, and could still hold the person safely during a car crash. But if we reinvent the seat belt, we may have to reinvent the seat for ease of use. And if we do that, we might as well change the shape and layout of the car itself, depending on how we change the seat so that the securing material (I won't call it a belt anymore since I don't want to restrict myself to a belt that would dig into your skin during a crash.) would...secure (Sorry, but I couldn't think of a better word. sorry if it sounds redundant.) properly, and before all that we'd have to figure out how to make a securing mechanism that would hold people with injuries, disabilities, and/or chronic disorders (like something in the genes or whatever- that wouldn't be temporary, and they'd probably have a personalized seat for the person, but perhaps we could make a universal seat?). So now I'm thinking of some form-fitting gel that could somehow mold itself to the human body when the person sits down in it. Maybe some substance that can be heated to gel-like density by some metal on the back of the seat, and cools down with the press of a button? Then you could mold the gel around yourself so that it covers the non-injured parts, and leave the injured parts bare. And when it cools down via some switch or another (perhaps voice-activated?) it can turn into...something more sturdy. Or perhaps it can just be gel-like all the time, and only turn solid under sudden changes in pressure, like during a car crash. That way you can bypass the cooling and heating, and just protect yourself during a crash, where the initial jolting would make the gel that's presumably coated around you and connected to the seat turn into some solid that would keep you in the seat. I dunno. Just putting something out there for review and constructive criticism.