Can a Giant Inflatable Duck Boost Taiwan’s Economy?

giant inflatable duck

How can a country stimulate its economy? Some might create new jobs or encourage citizens to spend. Taiwan has decided to drum up some interest in one of its cities by placing a massive rubber duck in its harbor.

If you think that a giant inflatable rubber ducky is a silly way to bring in some extra money, think again. The 59 foot, 2,205 pound yellow duck was met by 200,000 eager onlookers at the shores of Kaohsiung’s harbor last week to inflatable duck taiwan welcome the custom inflatable. However, 24 hours later the larger than life rubber duck was gone.

The duck didn’t float away or deflate, it “swam” back to its coop to avoid being damaged by Typhoon Usagi. Two days later the duck resurfaced, with 100,000 spectators waiting to welcome it back. The inflatable creation is the brainchild of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. There have been other versions of the same inflatable duck in Hong Kong and Beijing before this one made Taiwan its home.

Taiwan officials are estimating that their giant bathtub buddy will attract more than 3 million visitors to Kaohsuing and generate over $30 million for local businesses in the process. While this may seem like a very unorthodox and somewhat crazy way to bring in more money, over a half a million people came to see the duck in the first three days. Hofman has also said recently that over 300 other cities have contacted him about bringing the big yellow ducky to their harbors.

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Inflatable Technology used for Trade Show Exhibits

Inflatable Display

A global display system company is the first to create trade show exhibit structures using inflatable technology. The technology was just unveiled recently at a launch event at the company’s headquarters in the United States.

Skyline, a display system producer and designer company, has created a new way for companies to advertise themselves at trade shows. Skyline’s WindScape exhibit system is the first system to use inflatable technology for trade show exhibit structures. By using inflatable exhibits, companies can more easily transport, set-up, and take them down.

The line of inflatable exhibits comes with 46 different standard shapes, including small overlays and back wall displays to large hanging structures and 4.8 meter tall towers. There is even a full inflatable conference room that can be used as a display. The idea behind the inflatable advertisements is portability and convenience. One of the full three meter back wall displays is easily transported in a Inflatable Exhibitsingle carry-on case and the displays only take minutes to inflate and deflate.

Skyline knew that it is a major expense for companies to transport and set up exhibits at trade shows. Their WindScape line makes the exhibits easier to transport and reduces installation time, while maintaining both quality and professional style. The inflatable exhibits are inflated by an air pump that is powered by either a rechargeable battery pack or plug that is designed to work all around the world. The structure is built around a fabric frame that contains an inner air tube. When the air tube is inflated, it creates a solid frame. The frame is covered by a wrinkle-free fabric graphic that is customized for each company. The fabric is also removable, allowing for companies to easily change the look of their exhibit.

The WindScape line, while designed for trade shows, has many other applications. They can be used for events, popup stores, outside brick and mortar stores, shopping center displays, media walls, or temporary private spaces like hotel conferences. The unique design, easy transport, set-up, and break down should make the inflatable exhibits very popular with companies looking for advertising.

Inflatable Conveyor Belt could Change Agriculture Forever

Inflatable Conveyor Belt

Agriculture is a big part of the world. We have always been looking for ways to grow and harvest crops faster to feed more people at a cheaper price. Breakthroughs in technology have gone from cattle drawn plows to tractors, and now to using inflatable conveyor belts. A company based out of the United Kingdom has created an inflatable conveyor belt that could change the way we farm forever.

The company, Aeropick, has created an ingenious wheeled and inflatable conveyor system to help aid the agricultural and horticultural harvesting process. The custom inflatable conveyor belt can stretch to distances up to 100 meters and can be deployed in under five minutes. Not only will Inflatable Conveyor Beltthis increase productivity by decreasing set-up and take down time, it will decrease labor costs significantly.

The inflatable conveyor system is driven to an open field or covered growing area on a Brumby VariTrak base vehicle. The VariTrak can vary its wheel spacing from 1 to 1.5 meters to suit crop spacing. It also has an additional 10KVA of power to allow for processing, cooling, washing, and sorting right on site in the field. The length of the belt can be set up from anywhere between 25 and 100 meters, making it highly adaptable. This allows crops to be processed at a high speed and sent to cool storage, washing, sorting, and grading faster. This will cut down on waste and increase the amount of crops that can be harvested every day.

The inflatable conveyor system can drastically change the way people farm forever. Its mobility and adaptability make it a valuable tool. Its ability to speed up harvesting will allow for more crops to be processed in a shorter period of time. This will decrease labor costs and in turn decrease the price of the crops too.

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Former Teacher Creates Inflatable Planetarium to Teach Kids about Astronomy

Inflatable Planetarium

Former middle school teacher Lauren Ard used her craftiness to teach kids about the constellations. After her school did not have the funds for a field trip to the planetarium, she had to find a way to bring the universe to her students.

Ard wanted her students to experience astronomy in a fun and exciting way so she went online to find ideas. She happened to come across an inflatable planetarium and she made one herself. The inflatable planetarium is circular in form and made from a black out fabric. A fan is used to inflate it and there is a projector on the inside that displays the different constellations. It is 12 feet in diameter and can fit up to 15 people inside it.

Her custom inflatable turned out to be a big success. She used it with her own class and then over time was doing astronomy presentations for events, friends, families, and a few other schools. She was doing the presentations for free but after she heard that the local science museum wouldn’t be doing their astronomy show anymore she saw it as a way to raise money.

“I heard that the Flandrau Science Center had cuts in funding and they used to do 30 minute presentations with their inflatable planetarium for people where they were charged $130. They had waitlists, but because of cuts in funding they no longer offer it. I wouldn’t charge that much and I’m not trying to get money from public schools, but more it’s a way for me to use my teaching talents.”

Knowing she had the opportunity to do more astronomy presentations she started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money so she could build a bigger and better inflatable planetarium. She hopes to raise $4,500, but she has already received great support and has received over $5,500 in donations.

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Amazing Inflatable Art from around the World

Inflatable art has a playful feel about it. It can remind us of birthday party balloon animals and bounce houses. Many artists from around the world have recently worked to create amazing inflatable sculptures that are unlike anything you have ever seen. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing inflatable art ever created.

Art Attacks by Filthy Luke, Manchester, United Kingdom
As a part of his “Art Attacks” series, Filthy Luke created giant inflatable tentacles that seemed to be coming out of the windows of a building in Manchester. His playful art turned the city into a scene from a cheesy horror film.

Art Attacks

Rubber Duck by Florentijn Hofman, Hong Kong
Just recently, a giant inflatable rubber ducky was seen floating in Victoria Harbor. The giant inflatable dwarfed the boats in the harbor and after it was deflated it was brought back by popular demand.

Inflatable Rubber Duck

Sacrilege by Jeremy Deller, Hong Kong
The 20 foot inflatable version of Stonehenge made its debut at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art last year in Hong Kong. Visitors were able to bounce on the inflatable surface and touch the inflatable stone blocks that make up the historic landmark.

Inflatable Stonehenge

Balloon Dog by Paul McCarthy, New York
Paul McCarthy’s giant inflatable balloon dog stole the show at the Frieze Art Fair in New York. It stood 80 feet tall and was modeled after Jeff Koon’s steel balloon animals.

Balloon Dog

Katie Balloons, Washington D.C.
Katie Balloons creates balloon art, does balloon shows, and even makes inflatable clothing. The D.C. native has created some of the most amazing art, entirely out of balloons. In this piece she brings the occupation of a firefighter to life with colorful latex.

Katie Balloons

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Inflatable hangar Built for Plane with Giant Wingspan

Inflatable Hangar

Finding a hangar to house an aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner is not an easy task. The Solar Impulse team had to design an inflatable mobile hangar in order to have a place to store their solar-powered plane on their 2015 circumnavigation of the globe.

The Solar Impulse aircraft has such a light weight that it is very susceptible to damage from inclimate weather conditions. The team anticipated that every airport they visit on their trip around the world would unlikely have the means to house their plane. The inflatable hangar Solar Powered Planethat they designed can be taken with them to whatever airport they land at.

The wingspan of the Solar Impulse aircraft is 208 feet. The inflatable hangar was built to have a length of 289 feet, width of 105 feet, and a height of 36 feet. The mobile inflatable hangar is constructed from a textile material that is strong enough to withstand winds of up to 62 mph. At the same time, the material is thin enough to be translucent enough to allow sunlight to come through to charge the aircraft’s batteries.

The inflatable hangar had to be deployed for the first time this year, when the hangar it was supposed to be housed in at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was damaged by a storm. The hangar is supposed to take 12 people six hours to deploy, but the team was able to get it up in just a few hours

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Inflatable Tent makes Camping Easier

Kelty Mach 4 Inflatable Tent

What is the most stressful part of camping? Trying to set up the tent! It can be extremely frustrating when you’re trying to figure out how to make a sturdy tent out of thin metal poles. Struggling to set up the tent when you arrive can easily put you in a bad mood. One company has figured out a way to take the stress out of tent set up and take down by incorporating inflatable poles.

The Kelty Mach 4 Air-Pitch Inflatable Tent is an interesting solution to this age old problem. While it is not perfect yet, it does throw a curveball to campers who are fed up with struggling to set up traditional tents. While it weighs more than a traditional tent, the Mach 4 has fewer Inflatable Tentpieces, is quickly assembled and taken down, and has lots of square footage.

The company claims that the inflatable tent can be pumped up fully in under a minute with their high volume, dual-action floor pump. Two separate inlets must be pumped up, but it does create a solid structure. Before inflation, the tent does need to be staked down. In an overnight test, the tent did not seem to lose any air pressure so re-inflation was not necessary.

For inclement conditions, the Mach 4 is made with a UV-resistant polyester rainfly with seams that are nicely taped. There are optional features available too. There are noiseless zippers, internal storage pockets, and upper and lower vents for increased ventilation. There is also a six person model and optional footprint.

The Mach 4 is definitely an innovative inflatable and camping product. The ease of assembly will make it a favorite with the casual camper. For around $400 you could take the Mach 4 with you on your next camping trip!

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Inflatable Stonehenge Travels to Hong Kong

Inflatable Stonehenge

A British artist created a full size inflatable replica of one of the world’s most famous monuments, Stonehenge. The inflatable model was revealed in Hong Kong this past April as a part of the Mobile M+: Inflation! event.

Named Sacrilege, the giant custom inflatable was created by Jeremy Deller. At the event in Hong Kong it was shown alongside five other inflatable sculptures by local and international artists. Alongside the other five works of art, Sacrilege took advantage of the promenade on West Kowloon with an iconic view over Victoria Harbor.Stonehenge Inflatable

Deller’s piece includes inflatable moss covered slabs at over 7m high and a 35m wide fake green base. Guests can jump, bounce, and explore the whole thing, giving people a very hands-on experience. The inflatable Stonehenge brought back to life one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments and sites of cultural significance. Monumental artworks of this scale have never been presented alongside one another Hong Kong, making Mobile M+: inflation! the largest contemporary art exhibitions in the city to date.

It was the event’s goal to foster interaction between the guests and the large-scale inflatable structures. Several of the works that were on display were derived from everyday objects that were inflated to outsized proportions as a way of rendering the familiar as unfamiliar, more tangible, and touchable than ever before.

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Inflatable and Reusable Hydraulic Dam Patented by Researchers

Inflatable Dam Creators

Some researchers from the University of Granada have patented a new system that uses inflatable hydraulic dams that can be assembled and dismantled very easily. The technique is the first of its kind in the world.

The system enables a hydraulic dam to be assembled and dismantled in only a few hours, with no specialized machinery required. This not only allows for quick assembly but it minimized environmental damage by eliminating the need to install a solid cement floor and it is reusable. The patented invention can be installed in sections of a river that are difficult to reach and be easily transported to emergency zones or developing countries.

The custom inflatable system is made up of a modular foundation. The foundation is made from cuboid blocks that are manufactured using material that is both resistant and heavier than water. Next the blocks are placed on a base on which, using elements that run through the blocks, the inflatable part of the dam that holds the water back.

“With this set-up, we manage to create a horizontal support for the pneumatic element, as well as obtaining an anchorage that is more resistant to the force of the water flow,” explains Fernando Delgado Ramos, one of the authors on the patent.

The prefabricated elements of the dam is built from are low in weight and size, so they can be transported in trucks or even in containers carried by helicopters. This also aids in being able to set up the blocks quickly. There is very little effect on the environment from the set-up.

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Ford Files for Trademark on iLuv

 

Ford

Rumor has it that Ford is working on an inflatable car. Those rumors got fueled even more after Ford filed trademark applications for something called an Inflatable Light Urban Vehicle, or iLuv. Other than the fact that it is classified under “vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water,” there is little more information on what exactly it could be.

The outlet that first discovered that Ford put in the applications, Ford Inside News, suggests that the iLuv could be intended for use on some sort of small, collapsible personal urban transport device. Inflatable CarEven with all the speculation, Ford is not releasing any information about its Inflatable Light Urban Vehicle plans. One spokesperson for Ford released a statement that the company regularly trademarks various names and won’t comment on any speculation surrounding these.

Ford isn’t the only major car company looking to get into the inflatable vehicle market. Mercedes-Benz has shown a prototype vehicle that has inflatable steel beams in its doors that expand in the event of a crash to absorb energy. There is also a San Francisco start-up company called XP Vehicles that has proposed a car made from flexible panels filled with lightweight expandable foam.

So until more information is released about the iLuv, all we can do is speculate. Ford seems to be doing a lot inflatable research because they have released a vehicle with rear seatbelts that inflate during an accident to help cushion the blow. Only time will tell if people will be inflating their vehicles before they go out.

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