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You should always know one thing about inflatables – always be ready to expect the unexpected. Just when I think I’ve seen it, an inventor comes up with something made with inflatables in mind that blows me away. To be honest, I think bounce houses, inflatable slides and other rental inflatables are wonderful and perfectly good representations of the inflatables industry. The other developments out there are pretty awesome too!
Here is my favorite story going right now:
One of the best types of inflatables must be inner tubes, primarily because of their adaptability. Not only can you use them on lakes, but you can use them in the snow as a speedy way to glide down major hills in winter. However, inner tubes in the summer always bring up pool season, reminding kids and adults about the joys of floating around in the warm sun.
In the same vein, Gizmodo has a quick post about a new type of inflatable that will allow you and up to 1000 lb. of friends to stand on water. The inflatable mat, created by Hammacher Schlemmer, will let you virtually walk on water for the low, low price of $1000. The mat is constructed in a very interesting way – from the Hammacher Schlemmer website:
“The 90′ sq. float holds up to six adults and supports up to 1,000 lbs., enabling sprinting, cartwheels, or cannon balls directly into a lake. Made from reinforced 500-denier fabric fused with layers of 28-oz. PVC, the durable mat withstands the most vigorous play and has a special coating that prevents damage from UV rays.”
According to the product description, you can actually walk and run on this mat as well as simply chill out. It must be pumped up to work correctly and be situated in 4’ deep water.