While we hope to never have to see one of these in real life, we spotted this mesmerizing video of airplane emergency slides deploying over on DoobyBrain:
The question is, how the heck do they design and make these things? How is it possible that one little pressurized tank can blow the entire thing up in six seconds? What material are they using that it's strong enough to withstand the process, not to mention the thereotical hundreds of people that might slide down the thing? We did a bit of hunting and found the video below, where you'll see everything from a vacuum table fabric-flattening machine to a CNC cutter to a lot of handwork:
Imagine taking two days to pack something that pops open in six seconds.
There's also a video taken from the POV of a person atop a similar slide, and it's pretty surprising how tall and intimidating it looks from that perspective. Again, sure hope I never have to use one of these.