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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.