It seems like more inventers are using inflatable technology to create products that are changing the world. Inflatable furniture was a fad a long time ago, but it seems like it’s making a comeback. Check out these two new inflatable furniture products that you got to have!
Amsterdam-based company Blofield is known for creating premium inflatable furniture that looks like actual couches and chairs. Their newest inflatable product line called DoNuts, is just the opposite. DoNuts don’t look like contemporary furniture at all, but are incredibly functional. They are available in different colors and fabric finishes, and are great for both outdoor and indoor use. With a DoNut, you can have seating for up to six people in a matter of minutes, no matter where you are. For a steep price of $2,400, you can do work or have a snack on an inflatable table.
Car Inflatable Mattress
This inflatable invention will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Have you ever tried sleeping in the backseat of your car? It’s not easy, the buckles dig into your side and you might fall behind the front seats if you roll over. The Car Inflatable Mattress makes sleeping in your backseat much more comfortable. It can inflate to variable lengths and extends down where your feet normally go to give you extra sleep space. Next time you have to take a quick nap or sleep overnight in your backseat, you can just pull out the inflatable mattress, blow it up, and sleep comfortably. For only $140 on Amazon, it’s an affordable solution that is cheaper than a hotel room after just one use!
Automobile companies are always in a battle to come up with the newest features for their vehicles. First came in dash-GPS, then back-up cameras, and now inflatable seatbelts. Ford is releasing its backseat inflatable seatbelts on several more of its 2014 vehicles as an option.
Ford first offered its safety first inflatable feature with the 2011 Explorer. Their inflatable belt combines a shoulder seatbelt and a tubular-shaped airbag that inflates upon impact. During a crash, sensors determine when the inflatable belt should be deployed and when signaled, the belt is rapidly inflated with compressed gas. Obviously the main focus of this optional feature is safety. The safety technical leader from Ford said this about the inflatable seatbelt;
“The inflatable belt is designed to help reduce head, neck, and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to such injuries.”
This inflatable technology is now available as an option on several of Ford’s vehicles, including the Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi, Flex, and Taurus. For everyday use, the inflatable belts operate like conventional safety belts and are compatible with car seats and boosters. During a crash, the inflatable belt helps distribute the crash forces across more of the passenger’s torso, up to five times more than a traditional belt.
The inflatable belt option costs $190 extra, a big discount in comparison to the Explorer’s option price of $595. With more car buyers focusing on safety, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if more people start purchasing the inflatable belt option and more car companies begin creating their own version of the technology for their vehicles.
If you have ever gone camping and had to blow up an inflatable mattress, you know that it takes forever to manually force enough air inside to get it fully inflated. Then once you do get it inflated, you feel light headed from exasperating all your breath. If that wasn’t bad enough, in the middle of the night your mattress slowly deflates while you sleep. One man’s new invention, the Windcatcher, eliminates all of those problems.
Imagine if it only took a few breaths to blow up the air mattress and your lips never had to touch a tiny valve. Wouldn’t it be great if air didn’t escape during the night, but deflates in seconds and can be rolled up for easy transportation? Ryan Frayne spent over a year developing his Windcatcher system that does all of those things.
When you inflate other air mattresses, you are directly transferring air from your lungs to the inflatable product. The Windcatchers unique design allows you to take advantage of the air around you in combination with your breath to quickly inflate it. There is a large opening at the end of the Windcatcher that you blow into. When you do this, a stream of fast moving, low pressure air is created. High pressure air is attracted to low pressure areas and is pulled inside the mattress. Frayne says that the volume of air entering the Windcatcher is at least 10 to 15 times greater than that leaving your lungs. The valve is a one way valve, holding in the air you blow as it is inflated. Once fully inflated, the valve rolls up and is secured using Velcro straps that ensures no air will leak out.
The Windcatcher is great for many different events. While it is the perfect fit for campers, it is also great for a place to sit at the park, an outdoor concert, or an emergency sleeping spot at the airport if your flight gets cancelled. The Windcatcher also deflates in a matter of seconds and can be rolled up to around the size of a water bottle, making it extremely portable. Check out Frayne’s pitch video for his product below that they are using on their Kickstarter campaign.
Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep in an inflatable room suspended in the air? Well, if you have this dream and an extra fifty grand laying around, you can! Only for a limited time, a hotel in Denver is offering up a one-night stay package where you can stay in an inflatable room hoisted 22 feet in the air.
You can’t smoke in this room and there is a weight limit of 450 pounds. The room was developed by architect Alex Schweder and is five by seven feet. The luxury see-through room is hoisted above a van by way of a scissor-lift. It was a part of the Biennial of the Americas Festival of Arts in Denver, traveling to different parking lots. The room comes equipped with a chemical toilet, shower, sink, inflatable bed and couch, and curtains. Shweder said this about his high-price room;
“It’s a very small room, but a very special room. You’re always on the top floor.”
The room is now being offered by the Curtis hotel, who sponsored the piece. They call the aluminum and inflated vinyl room “the hotel rehearsal”. For only $50,000, you get a one-night stay in the most unique hotel room in the world. With the hotel room package you also receive, a diamond pendant and earrings, two iPod Nanos, and a dance party for 100 people in a ballroom of the Curtis hotel. The only thing you won’t find in the inflatable room that every hotel room has, an alcohol stocked mini fridge. No alcohol is allowed in the room, to deter guests from turning it into a bounce house.
Schweder spent two nights himself in the room and made a few design changes. Staff at the Curtis say that at least one person has already inquired about the inflatable hotel room package. The hotel says that most of the money will go towards insurance on the room, but customers will also be supporting the future of the Biennial of the Americas.