Hypnos Hoodie Inflates So Travelers Can Rest

Hypnos hoodie inflatable pillowTravelers often find it difficult to sleep comfortably on a plane or train or in a car or airport. The Hypnos hoodie, a sweatshirt with an inflatable pillow built into the hood, might be the solution for weary travelers. The Hypnos hoodie is designed to help the wearer sleep in an ergonomically correct and comfortable position.

Cofounder Josh Woodle, who works in film production, got the idea for the Hypnos hoodie while traveling to the airport. He says his brother Ryne had the initial idea for the inflatable garment. Both of the brothers grew up wearing hoodies often, and Josh Woodle wanted to combine a hoodie with a neck pillow for traveling.

The makers spent months designing the right fabric, fit, and function. They chose the hood size and shape and the ratio of fabric in the hood to the size of the inflatable cushion so that the pillow would be comfortable but would also be invisible when not inflated. Woodle worked with designers Elaine Yue and Leah Hulon.

The inflatable pillow inserts are made by a leading U.S. inflatable manufacturer. The inflatable pillow measures 15 inches by 9.5 inches. It can be inflated in three seconds by blowing into a valve on the inside of the hood. It is deflated by gently pressing down on the hood. The pillow is removed before the hoodie is washed and is designed to last a lifetime.

The hoodies have long sleeves and come in black, charcoal gray, and speckled gray. They are available in four styles: fitted pullover, fitted zip-up, relaxed pullover, and relaxed zip-up. A nylon jacket is available in black and matte black. The hoodies are available in sizes for adults and children.

The company conducted a two-year wear-test process on many flights across the United States. The Hypnos hoodie is meant to appeal to millennials and people who travel for work, to visit family and friends, or on vacation.

The company behind the inflatable hoodie has raised over $33,000 on Kickstarter to fund the project. The company surpassed its goal of raising $30,000 by January 11. The team has begun pre-selling the inflatable hoodies on Kickstarter so they can start to manufacture them cost-effectively. The hoodies are expected to be delivered in March 2016.

Inflatable Ferryboat Can Transport Vehicles over Water

inflatable FerryboatPeople who enjoy traveling by water may soon be able to have their own personal ferries. A Slovenian company has created a huge inflatable platform that is capable of transporting dozens of people or even vehicles across bodies of water.

Hovercraft created the inflatable plastic Ferryboat. The platform weighs about 660 pounds when deflated. The deflated Ferryboat can be folded up and transported in the trunk of a car when not in use.

The Ferryboat can be inflated with an electric pump in about five minutes. Once it is inflated, the platform is strong enough to be used as a ferry to transport both people and cars. The craft can support people or vehicles weighing up to a total of 11,000 pounds. In a demonstration, it easily transported a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen across a body of water.

The inflatable craft is not designed to be used as a boat and cannot be used in waterways with strong currents. Some of the models are being marketed as rescue decks that can be used to save people who are stranded in bodies of water. The Ferryboat can also be used by people who want to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening on the water enjoying the beauty and serenity of nature.

The Ferryboat is available in a range of models with varying price points. All of the models are crafted with the same strong and durable materials. The first models of the inflatable watercraft will be available for purchase from Hovercraft sometime in 2016.

Inflatable Robots Could Be Coming to Hospitals

inflatable robots hospitalsThe film “Big Hero 6,” which was released in 2014, featured an inflatable robot called Baymax that worked in a healthcare setting. In the future, robots like Baymax could be a reality.

Most robots are solid machines used in factories to grip and hold objects and to carry out tasks such as assembling, painting, and welding. Manufacturers often choose to use robots since they are accurate, reliable, and can work around the clock.

Robots have been used in surgery for over a decade, but they occupy a niche. Robots may be used in other aspects of medical care in the future, such as lifting patients on beds and helping them get to the bathroom. They are looking attractive to some hospital managers who are under pressure to provide essential services but have limited funds to pay staff.

Technical issues still need to be worked out before robots can be used for more roles in hospitals. Safety is a primary concern. In factories, robots are often kept separate from humans to prevent accidents.

One possible solution is to use inflatable robots. The forces generated by inflating devices with air can be strong enough to lift objects or people. Since inflatable robots are soft and lightweight, the potential for accidents and injuries is low.

Inflatable robots can change shape as they inflate. By controlling the inflation rates of different parts of the robot, a finger can grip an object without the need for hinges, grippers, rotational cuffs, or a control system. A research group at Harvard has designed soft gripper arms that can pick up fruit and eggs without any mechanical moving parts.

Inflatable robots require a pump to fill them with air. One way to get around this requirement could be to use a chemical reaction similar to the one used to inflate air bags in vehicles. The reaction is not reversible. Until the problem is solved, soft robots in hospitals will probably be used on stationary patients and inflated with pumps.

Researchers are working on inflatable suits for rehabilitation that can fit around injured limbs and joints and help patients develop muscle strength and flexibility by inflating and deflating. These technologies could also help with bed sores and assist patients in sitting up.

Live Comfy Jacket Inflates So Travelers Can Rest

Live Comfy inflatable jacketLive Comfy has created a smart jacket with an inflatable hood that provides the wearer with a comfortable pillow to take a nap while traveling.

The jacket has an air system and smart pump that inflates ergonomic air chambers located in the jacket’s hood. A smart phone app controls the pump and enables the wearer to adjust the pressure. The hood can also be inflated manually.

The Live Comfy jacket has other features for travelers. The pump can also function as a portable battery pack that can charge any device that plugs into a USB port. It has an audio jack to listen to music from a phone without the need for wires.

Live Comfy recently launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. The company’s goal is to raise $30,000.

Live Comfy is currently applying and paying for registrations that are necessary to market the inflatable jacket. They are applying to have the product licensed by Bluetooth. The company also needs to be sure that the jacket complies with all regulations set by the Transportation Security Administration.

Live Comfy hopes to begin to ship jackets in the 2015-2016 winter season. Their intention is to ship them by the end of the year, but they realize that goal is optimistic. Manufacturers they are working with will be filling other orders during the busy holiday season. Depending on the size of the order Live Comfy places, the manufacturers may or may not make the company a top priority. They did not want to promise that orders would be ready by the holidays and be unable to deliver, so they set their goal as sometime during the winter of 2015-2016.

Why Are Giant Rubber Ducks Controversial?

Rubber Duck controversy“Rubber Duck,” a giant inflatable sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, has delighted residents and visitors in cities around the world. Despite its universal appeal, the inflatable duck is controversial.

“Rubber Duck” was first showcased in Saint-Nazaire, France in 2007. Other rubber ducks were put on display in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Canada, and other countries in subsequent years. People came by the thousands to see them and take pictures.

Rubber ducks have been around since the end of the late 19th century. Shortly after rubber was introduced to the market, several people decided independently to fashion it into ducks. A variety of toys and hunting decoys were invented, but none had much commercial success. In 1949, Peter Ganine secured a patent for a rubber duck that squeaked, floated, stayed upright, and smiled. Millions were sold.

Ganine’s yellow rubber ducks became synonymous with childhood because they were associated with bathtubs. Primary colors, smiling faces, and baby animals induce feelings of happiness in people’s brains. They also became popular for the squeaky sounds they produced. The rubber ducks do not have any real political or cultural associations, but are rather a blank slate. People can add whatever meaning they want by decorating them or using them to symbolize other things.

Hofman relies on the size of his sculptures to make a statement. By making them so large, he makes humans seem smaller, which he hopes takes away people’s egos and helps them communicate better.

Some people dislike the ducks precisely because of their ubiquity and broad-based appeal. Critics say the ducks have nothing to do with the unique history or character of the many cities where they are displayed and that they are generic and feel like advertising.

Hofman’s rubber ducks are also controversial because he enforces copyright over all rubber ducks when his inflatables are on display and has been known to sue people for infringement and to take his ducks away. Critics say this deprives local businesspeople of revenue.

Knockerball Catches on around the World

Knockerball bubble soccerKnockerball, a popular new contact sport, has been catching on around the world. In the game, players run around inside inflatable bubbles and try to knock each other down. The game is also known as bubble soccer.

The balls are filled with air to protect players from injury. When people run into each other and fall down, the balls cushion the impact so they are not hurt. The inflatable bubbles have inner handles and shoulder straps. Large balls weigh 20 pounds, and medium-sized balls weigh 13 pounds. The size and weight of the balls make playing a game a challenging workout.

Several games can be played with Knockerballs:

• Knocker Sumo: A giant and several players are inside a circle. When the whistle blows, the players try to push each other out of the circle. The last player in the circle wins.

• Human Bowling: Six people serve as “pins.” One player at a time runs across a field and tries to knock down as many “pins” as possible.

• Bubble Soccer: Teams of three, four, five, or six players play a traditional game of soccer in their inflatable bubbles.

There are currently about 100 Knockerball affiliates across the United States. The trend is also growing in other parts of the world, such as Europe.

The game is open to members of the public, clubs, and groups. Knockerball affiliates rent their inflatable bubbles for children’s parties, fairs, and school and corporate events. The game is fun for children and adults of all ages.

Action Park Has World’s Longest Inflatable Water Slide

worlds longest inflatable water slideAction Park in Mount Vernon, New Jersey earned itself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s longest inflatable water slide, measuring 1,975 feet long. It was verified as the world’s longest water slide on July 10, shortly after work on it was completed.

Riders travel down the slide at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Rides last 60 to 90 seconds. It takes riders 30 to 60 seconds longer to reach the end of this water slide than it takes to go down other slides.

Trial runs have been successful. So far, only park employees have ridden down the water slide. It still needs to be approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs before it can be opened to the public. That can be a lengthy process, and park officials do not know when it will be completed. The water slide is expected to be open to the public in 2016.

The water slide is made of 10,000 feet of polyvinyl chloride, a synthetic plastic polymer that is used in bounce houses, and has six million stitches. Builders linked together 20 600-pound, 100-foot sections. Two generators and 15 blowers are needed to keep the water slide inflated. Mountain Creek ski resort provides the 1,000 gallons of water that are needed every hour.

The water slide was created by New Zealander Jim Hunt, the founder of Live More Awesome, who had no prior experience constructing water slides. He created his first water slide as part of a fundraiser to raise awareness of mental health issues. It took about four months to manufacture the water slide and cost about $100,000. The money was raised through crowd sourcing. The water slide was assembled in Auckland in March.

The record-setting water slide is one of over 30 slides, rides, and attractions at Action Park. It does not yet have a name. The Travel Channel will air an episode of “Xtreme Waterparks” about the slide on July 26.

New Bubble Wrap Will Be Harder to Pop

iBubble WrapPeople who love to pop Bubble Wrap took to Twitter to voice their displeasure when Sealed Air, the company that makes the inflatable packing material, announced that a new version will be harder to pop.

Bubble Wrap is popular around the world in large part because of the enjoyment people get from popping it. Doctors and sociologists have conducted studies and found that people experience joy from popping Bubble Wrap. Sealed Air sells Bubble Wrap stress relief boxes specifically for that purpose. The company, which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been making the stress-relieving material for over 50 years.

Sealed Air is developing a new packaging material called iBubble Wrap that has chains of interlocked bubbles that let air flow through the plastic. That makes it more difficult to pop the bubbles.

Ken Aurichio, executive director of Sealed Air, said the company decided to create the new product because of the growth of shipping, especially in e-commerce. Companies have tried to reduce the cube sizes of boxes, improve productivity, and enhance their brands. iBubble Wrap inflates when it is ready to be used, which saves storage space for companies that ship products.

Sealed Air plans to create other innovative protective packing materials, especially for e-commerce, and to improve the strength and protective qualities of traditional Bubble Wrap, which will still be used in many applications for the foreseeable future. Aurichio believes that as long as companies want to ship products safely and sustainably, there will continue to be a market for both traditional Bubble Wrap and the new iBubble Wrap.

Kingii Inflatable Wristband Can Prevent Drownings

Kingii inflatable wristbandLife jackets can save lives, but many people don’t like to wear them because they can be bulky and uncomfortable. Most people who drown have a life jacket nearby but choose not to wear it. Tom Agapiades was inspired to create Kingii after a friend of his drowned three years ago.

Kingii is a much smaller and more convenient alternative to a life jacket. It is a wristband that can inflate if a person is unable to swim. Kingii is the smallest inflatable in the world. It is up to 78 times smaller than a standard life jacket.

The wristband contains an inflatable nylon balloon inside a small pouch next to a carbon dioxide cartridge. The wearer pulls a lever, and the carbon dioxide cartridge is punctured, which causes the wristband to inflate and pull the person to the surface. The inflatable bag is released from the pouch within one second after the wearer pulls the lever.

The inflatable bag has a hexagonal shape that is easy to hold onto. It is bright orange to make it easy to find the person, and an integrated whistle can help the person attract attention. It also comes with a compass to help if the person is lost at sea. The carbon dioxide cartridge can be replaced so the Kingii can be reused.

Kingii is designed to be used by people over the age of 6. It can be used on adults over 275 pounds, and the adjustable wristband can fit anyone. Kingii can be used in a variety of water-related activities, such as swimming, surfing, kayaking, sailing, and fishing. It can be useful in a case of exhaustion, if someone is caught in strong currents or has a cramp or poor circulation, or if a child is in the water without an adult nearby.

Inflatable TrunkMonkey Makes Transporting a Bike Easy

TrunkMonkey inflatable bicycle rackThe TrunkMonkey is an inflatable bike rack that is designed for anyone who needs to transport a bicycle on the back of a vehicle or might need to hitch a ride home with a friend after being caught in bad weather.

Tyler Nelson came up with the idea for the TrunkMonkey after he was caught in a storm riding home on his bike. A friend offered him a ride, but he had to turn it down because he could not fit his bicycle in the car and he didn’t have a rack.

The TrunkMonkey inflatable bike rack can fit on the back of virtually any vehicle with a trunk or hatchback. The inflatable carrier is designed to protect both the bike and the vehicle transporting it. The polyvinyl inflatable cover is protected by a Cordura/Kevlar outer shell. The TrunkMonkey is designed to work with many types of bicycle frames.

The inflatable TrunkMonkey is more versatile than traditional bike racks that mount on a roof, trunk, or hitch. When deflated, the TrunkMonkey fits in a carry case that also holds a 12V pump. The case, which is about the size of a two-liter bottle of soda, can be mounted under the saddle of a bicycle.

The TrunkMonkey is inflated by hooking it up to the vehicle’s 12V outlet. It takes about two minutes to inflate the core. Then the user secures the rack straps to the vehicle and straps in the bike. It can be deflated easily with a two-way pump. The TrunkMonkey weighs about six pounds. The weight can be reduced by leaving the pump at home and inflating the TrunkMonkey manually.

The TrunkMonkey is not only meant to be used in an emergency. It can also be used to transport a bike on a trip. It can easily be packed into a suitcase or duffel bag.

TrunkMonkey recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for production. The company expects to begin deliveries in August.