A Place to Sleep – level 3

19-02-2021 15:00

The southern German city of Ulm is currently testing a prototype sleeping pod for the homeless, which its makers call a nest.

The windproof and waterproof pods have been installed in the streets of the city and tests are underway to check if they protect against frostbite. If so, they could be rolled out across Germany. The nest has a solar panel on its roof to power lights and it is big enough to fit one person. It unlocks itself automatically in the evening which means that someone who needs a place to sleep can simply open the door and find a safe place overnight. The nest protects against the cold, wind and also against attacks.

To ensure privacy, there are no cameras inside; however, the opening of the doors triggers a motion sensor which alerts social workers who check the pod after it’s been used to ensure that it can be cleaned.

Difficult words: prototype (the first example of a product that is built to test the design or function), frostbite (injury caused by extreme cold), motion sensor (a device that detects and measures movement).

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