Can a Giant Inflatable Duck Boost Taiwan’s Economy?

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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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MIT Attempting to Boost Communications with Inflatable Antenna

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Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are saying that they have developed an inflatable antenna made of Mylar for small satellites that can increase communications substantially.

The inflatable antenna works with existing CubeSats and is inflated once they are in orbit. The inflatable technology will allow CubeSats to transmit data back to Earth seven times farther than before. The antenna makes it possible to transmit from past the moon. The researchers tried two different designs for the antenna. After testing both the conical and cylindrical designs, they found that the cylindrical design outperforInflatable Antennamed the conical design. The cylindrical antenna was able to transmit data 10 times faster and seven times farther than the existing CubeSat antennae.

The reason the researchers developed an inflatable antenna is because large, far-ranging radio dishes are unable to be stored inside a CubeSat’s tight quarters. The inflatable design allows the antenna to be tucked away and inflated once it reaches orbit. One of the main issues the researchers faced was how to inflate the antenna once it is in space. At first they were going to install a system of pressure valves to inflate the antenna, but limited space wouldn’t allow it. Instead, they decided to use a sublimating powder, a chemical compound that transforms from a solid powder to gas when exposed to low pressure. Once the satellite reaches space, the difference in pressure triggers a chemical reaction and like magic the antenna is inflated.

The MIT team refined their design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The innovative design addressed the main limitations of CubeSat communications: size, weight, and power. The inflatable antenna is a low-cost, economical solution to the current communications problem.

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Innovative Inflatable Furniture Products you got to Have!

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!

Inflatable Table

Inflatable table

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

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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!

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Ford Increases Availability of Inflatable Seatbelts in their Vehicles

Inflatable Seatbelt

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.

Windcatcher Inflation System Helps save your Breath

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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 awindcatcher systemnd 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.

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NASA creates Inflatable Space Re-Entry Vehicle

Inflatable Heat Shield

NASA’s Space Technology Program has made a breakthrough development with their revolutionary inflatable heat shield. Just recently, NASA’s Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) completed a successful trip through the Earth’s atmosphere.

IRVE-3 reached hypersonic speeds of up to 7,600 mph during its historic trip through the atmosphere. The heat shield is made up of a custom inflatable outer shell that helps it slow down from its high speeds and offers protection upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The deputy director of NASA’s Space Technology Program James Reuther said;IRVE-3

“It’s great to see the initial results indicate we had a successful test of the hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator. This demonstration flight goes a long way toward showing the value of these technologies to serve as atmospheric entry heat shields for future space.”

The IRVE-3 also consists of a cone which is made up of a series of un-inflated high tech rings of braided Kevlar lined with silicon. A thermal blanket of layers of heat resistant materials is used to cover the rings. The IRVE-3 also uses materials such as Nextel, Pyrogel, and Kapton to create a revolutionary thermal protection system that is similar to a fireman’s suit. The only difference is the thermal protection system that the IRVE-3 uses can withstand temperatures up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit.

NASA hopes that the inflatable technology will help them explore planets like Mars, Venus, and Titan. They also hope that they can use the inflatable heat shield to eventually transport humans. The IRVE-3 project will help NASA take another giant leap in space travel.

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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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Inflatables are Perfect for Independence Day Parties

Bounce House

It is almost July 4th and there will be tons of parties going on. If you are hosting a party of your own, adding an inflatable will take your event to another level. Whether it’s a bounce house to keep the kids busy or a giant obstacle course for the adults, Inflatable 2000 has the blow up that will increase the fun at any party.Toddlers

If you want to keep the little ones busy and happy at your Independence Day party, Inflatable 2000 carries many inflatables designed for kids. Bounce houses provide hours of fun and give kids a great workout. If you want something for very young children, there are interactive blow ups that are great for toddlers. They will have a blast climbing, bouncing, sliding, and exploring the inflatable environment. We carry so many different themes like princess, trains, and jungle that there is something to keep every child interested.

Having a real big party with a lot of older kids and adults? Inflatable obstacle courses are perfect for entertaining an older crowd. At Inflatable 2000 we carry a variety of different Inflatable Obstacle Courseobstacle courses. They all have several different elements to them and will have the whole party racing to get through them first. You will have to climb, crawl, slide, and run your way to the finish line. Another big crowd pleaser are our inflatable interactive products. Inflatable basketball hoops, boxing rings, bowling alleys, and rock climbing walls from Inflatable 2000 will add to the fun and excitement of your party.

If you are going to have guests of all ages, you can’t go wrong with an inflatable slide. We carry tons of different types of slides that are great for everyone. Check out our website to see all of the fun inflatable products that we have to offer. After having one of our inflatables at your Independence Day party, people will be talking about it until next year. Make your party the talk of the town by purchasing an inflatable from Inflatable 2000.

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FAA Wary about Inflatable Seatbelts on Airplanes

Inflatable Seatbelts

The Federal Aviation Administration heard that airplane company Boeing is planning on installing inflatable seatbelts on their airplanes. The FAA has already asked Boeing to give feedback on the plan. The inflatable belts are “designed to limit the forward excursion of occupants in the event of an accident.”

The inflatable seatbelts behave similarly to the airbags you would find in cars. The difference is that the new seatbelts for airplanes inflate away from the person in the seat, instead of at them. Car companies such as Ford have already started to develop and incorporate inflatable seatbelts into their vehicles. The technology is relatively new to aviation, so the government is still seeking comments on the proposed rules.

“While the automotive industry has extensive experience in demonstrating the benefits of using inflatable airbags, the airplane environment presents unique and additional challenges.” – FAA notice

The FAA is looking to get more information from Boeing about the inflatable seatbelts they want to install in some of their planes. The FAA is somewhat wary about them due to the lack of information on how such a device would work in aviation. The notice by the FAA disclosed their concern by saying;

“In automobiles, airbags are a supplemental system and work in conjunction with upper torso restraints. In airplanes, inflatable lapbelts are the sole means of injury protection for occupants.”

There are also many other elements that come into play when using this technology on planes that concern the FAA. This includes the potential complexities presented by kids sitting in child safety seats, infants being held by adults, pregnant women, and the potential for inadvertent deployment of an inflatable seatbelt. The FAA is also worried that an inflated seatbelt would impede a passenger from getting out of their seat quickly during an emergency landing. It will likely be a while before we see this inflatable technology on airplanes.

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