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There are a significant number of uses for inflatable products, but you already know that, especially if you read this blog at all. First and foremost, inflatables are used to entertain with inflatable slides and bounce houses at birthday parties and other gatherings. The military also uses inflatables to make decoys and doctors actually use inflatables to help with the movement of large and/or at-risk patients in a simple manner. This is just the beginning though, because every week it seems like a new inflatable product comes out.
For instance, if you have ever been in a car accident, you know how much it can hurt to hit an airbag or get pulled back by a seatbelt. An article in Torque News is reporting that Ford Motor Company has developed a new line of inflatable seatbelts that protect passengers sitting the rear of the car:
“Functioning like a standard seat belt in normal everyday use, Ford’s unique inflatable rear belts reduces pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion. Furthermore, it does not use the traditional heat-generating chemicals to induce expansive gas.”
As mentioned, the belts do not inflate using the chemicals that airbags use, which can irritate the eyes and skin. This rear seatbelts use cold compressed gas, which is less irritating:
“The use of cold compressed gas instead of a heat-generating chemical reaction – which is typical of traditional airbag systems – means the inflated belts feel no warmer on the wearer’s body than the ambient temperature. The inflatable belts also fill at a lower pressure and a slower rate than traditional airbags, because the device does not need to close a gap between the belt and the occupant.”
There are seemingly no bounds to what can be done with inflatables in the future. However, I will leave the development to the custom inflatables experts and just enjoy the combo jumper in my backyard!