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CIT Mechanical Engineering, Innovation Palooza, October 1 2014

Homeless people are at risk of dying on the streets this winter since many frigid citiesdon’t have emergency action plans in place.

But if an innovative portable shelter hits the market, many of those deaths could easily be prevented.

Earlier this month, students at Carnegie Mellon’s Integrated Innovation Institute partook in an “Impact-a-Thon,” a competition that tasked groups with devisinginnovative and affordable solutions to help homeless people survive the winter.

In a matter of days, the second-place team engineered an over-the-shoulder refuge that could serve as an alternative to a standard homeless shelter.

Using space technology, the “Satellite Shelter” is an insulated sleeping bag that expands into a tent, according to a statement released by the university. It has wheels and straps, making it convenient to cart from place-to-place.

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source: Huffingtonpost.com

Sleeping Bag That Turns Into Tent Could Help Homeless People This Winter  was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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