Inflatable Tents Make Camping Easier

inflatable tentOne of the most dreaded parts of camping is pitching a tent with metal poles. Tents with inflatable poles are quicker and simpler to set up, easy to transport, and able to stand up to extreme weather conditions better than traditional tents can.

The Kelty Airlift 4 tent has inflatable poles made of a TPU “inner tube” similar to the ones on a bicycle. The inner tube is surrounded by a thick, sturdy polyester sheath. The sheath protects the inner tube from punctures and abrasions and makes the tent poles stiff when they are inflated.

A pump is used to inflate the poles to 6 to 9 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure. The tent also includes valves and Velcro pads to hold the feet of the beams. That makes an inflatable tent significantly heavier than a traditional tent with aluminum, fiberglass, or carbon fiber poles.

Most inflatable tent poles are not free-standing. They need stakes or guy lines to provide tension and keep them upright.

To set up the Kelty Airlift 4 tent, the four corners need to be staked out. The pump is connected to the main x-beam tent structure, and then the x-beam and the vestibule’s smaller u-beam are pumped up. The tent can be assembled in 60 to 90 seconds. The rain fly is stretched across the tops of the poles. The inner tent area where people sleep is hung from the poles. The two layers do not need to be separated.

Inflatable tent poles can withstand strong winds and debris that may fall or be blown on to them. They will simply bend and then bounce back to their original shape.

Inflatable tents are easier to repair than traditional tents if they become damaged during a camping trip. If a pole is punctured, it can be patched by removing the protective polyester sheath and affixing a patch to the hole.

An inflatable tent can pack smaller than a conventional tent and can bend without breaking. It can be collapsed down to the smallest shape possible, making it easier to transport than a traditional tent.

Children’s Health Event Features Inflatable Brain

inflatable brainThe 14th Annual Child Health & Safety Day held in Canon City, Colorado on Saturday, September 20 featured a giant inflatable brain designed to educate children and the public.

The inflatable brain was 18 feet long, 14 feet wide, and 12 feet high. Visitors to the event were able to walk through the inflatable structure to learn about the real human brain, which measures about 6.5 inches long, 5.5 inches wide, and 3.6 inches high.

The display included information about the brain’s structure, function, ailments, illnesses, lobes, and trauma. It demonstrated the effects of conditions such as dementia, tissue death, arterial cerebral aneurysms, blunt force trauma, bruising, and hemorrhagic stroke.

Event organizers believed it was important to have the inflatable brain on display because children are curious about what is going on inside their own bodies. Older children were able to learn how to protect their brains and prevent them from getting injured.

This was the first year that the inflatable brain was included at the Child Health & Safety Day event. It was designed to reach out to the community and educate parents and children in a fun, interactive, and engaging way.

Families who visited the event and walked through the inflatable brain found it interesting and informative. They enjoyed looking at the pictures of the inside of the brain and learning about how it works and responds to diseases or trauma.

The event included many other attractions and activities for the whole family. Visitors were interested in participating in the other exhibits and activities and hearing more about various aspects of health and wellness for children.

Inflatable 2000 Designed Mobile Fitness Experience

Mobile Fitness ExperienceInflatable 2000 created the Mobile Fitness Experience, a multi-purpose contained airframe structure. The new inflatable design was showcased at the 2014 New Evolution Ventures Annual Executive Summit in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Two versions of the inflatable structure were introduced at the event. One model is a fully enclosed structure, while the other consists of a skeletal bikini top.

The new inflatable structure is made of a high-grade vinyl that is easy to transport. It can be inflated by two people in a matter of minutes. Inside the structure are a series of workout modules and d-ring stations used for resistance bands, TRX® suspension training systems, and heavy bags. The outer shell of the inflatable structure includes skylights and roll-up doors for ventilation. It can be customized with a variety of color options. The structure also includes a number of safety features, such as auto pressure control valves and an anti-slip surface.

The Mobile Fitness Experience was designed to be used at many types of events, including membership drives, trade shows, community events, outdoor competitions, registrations, educational activities, grand openings, promotions, and recreational events. It is ideal for those types of events because it is safe, versatile, durable, and easy to transport and inflate.

Inflatable 2000 is a leader in the inflatable industry. We design and create a wide variety of inflatable structures and products, such as bounce houses, slides, obstacles, combos, custom inflatables, helium blimps and balloons, tents, flags, banners, interactive inflatables, and accessories for many types of parties and special events.

Inflatable Hippopotamus on Display on Thames River

HippopoThamesDutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who is well known for his large inflatable duck that was displayed in waterways around the world, has a new creation – a giant inflatable hippopotamus.

Earlier this year, the organizers of Totally Thames, an annual London festival that celebrates the Thames River, asked Hofman to create a work of art to display in the water. Hofman researched the history of the river and learned that hundreds of thousands of years ago it was populated with hippopotami.

That finding inspired Hofman to create an inflatable hippopotamus, which he dubbed “HippopoThames.” He hopes his creation will inspire people to get out of their homes and explore London with a fresh perspective.

Hofman had to consider some practical limitations when designing the inflatable hippopotamus. Since it had to be towed into place, it had to fit under bridges along the way. He also had to consider the cost of the project.

Many of Hofman’s works are inspired by everyday objects. “HippopoThames” was inspired by a children’s book that Hofman’s parents gave him for his child. One of the pages in the book had an illustration of a hippopotamus.

Some of Hofman’s other works, such as the giant cuddly toys he exhibited at the Hague in 2009 and the sparrow statues he created for Belgium’s Rock Werchter music festival, were also inspired by found objects, such as children’s toys and items he bought at flea markets.

Hofman focuses on the beauty and design of objects but changes them by giving them different skins. He especially enjoys working with objects manufactured in China and Taiwan because they are sent to the United States and Europe and bring enjoyment to children around the world.

Hofman likes to display his creations in beautiful urban and rural spaces. He likes to show those places in their natural state.

Hofman said that after creating the traveling duck installation, it was difficult to come up with another project that had a water-based theme. He said the inflatable hippopotamus would be his last water-based art project.

Researchers Working with NASA on Inflatable Technology to Land on Mars

NASA HIADEngineers at the University of Maine developed inflatable composite technology they call Bridge-in-a-Backpack. NASA is now considering using their technology on future missions to Mars.

The patented Bridge-in-a-Backpack consists of light, portable carbon fiber tubes that are inflated. The tubes take the shape of arches and are infused with resin. Concrete is then poured into the carbon fiber tubes. The tubes protect the concrete from water and other elements, which gives the bridge a lifespan two to three times that of a traditional bridge. The Bridge-in-a-Backpack technology has received certification from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

NASA is looking into the possibility of using similar technology for its Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD). The HIAD consists of a giant cone made of stacked rings that can be mounted on the nose of a spacecraft. The cone is designed to slow the spacecraft as it enters Mars’ atmosphere so it can safely land. NASA hopes to use the Bridge-in-a-Backpack technology in its HIAD to land a craft that is large enough to carry heavy loads of scientific equipment and humans.

University of Maine engineers Bill Davids, Joshua Clapp, Andrew Goupee, and Andrew Young are working with NASA on the project. The researchers believe their inflatable technology could be used to land heavier payloads at higher elevations than was possible with previous missions to Mars.

NASA approached the team at the University of Maine several years ago about using the technology for the HIAD. The University began a three-year, $750,000 project funded by NASA and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Creative Research (EPSCoR) through the Maine Space Grant Consortium.

The researchers are working on a HIAD that is 6 meters in diameter at NASA’s National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, the world’s largest wind tunnel, in Moffeo Field, California. The team is testing stresses and deformations in the HIAD. It created the most air blockage of anything ever tested in the wind tunnel.

The HIAD for a manned mission to Mars will need a diameter around 20 meters, so the team will not be able to conduct aerodynamic testing in a wind tunnel. It is therefore important to create a model that can be used to predict the technology’s performance.

Davids also led a group from the University of Maine that worked for the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center on portable, lightweight inflatable structures supported by fabric arches that could be quickly deployed. The inflatable tents are designed to be used by military forces as disaster relief shelters, temporary medical facilities, and storage.