Story: Inventions, patents and trademarks

Seismic shock absorber

Bill Robinson was the New Zealand government scientist who, in the early 1970s, developed the seismic shock absorber, a flexible building pile. This video shows how the shock absorber works by using high-density lead and rubber to absorb the force of earthquakes.

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Mark Derby, 'Inventions, patents and trademarks - Patents in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Feb 2015