Advertising with Inflatable Blimps

Take your message to the sky with inflatable blimps

Today the traditional channels for advertising are beyond cluttered. From television and smart phones to billboards and web sites room is running out for all the ads businesses are trying to promote. However, the phrase ‘the sky is the limit’ has never been more true when it comes to advertising and with inflatable blimps you can rule the skies and market your business product or service in a creative way that is impossible to miss. Made with vinyl (PVC) and nylon fabrics with a UV inhibitor, inflatable blimps are sturdy and durable and can withstand heat, wind and rain.

Advertising blimps come in a galaxy of vivid colors and can be designed to include your logo or custom tagline to encourage consumers to contact your business. Available in small 13’ lengths and larger 30’ lengths, you can find an advertising blimp that best suits your business’ needs. Inflated with helium and anchored by strong tethers, advertising blimps can spend hours circling trade shows, new store openings and outdoor events so people from all over will have a chance to view your company’s promotion.

For indoor and outdoor use you can also find advertising blimps that are remote controlled so you can steer flight times from 30 minutes to up to 2 hours. Made with electric systems instead of gas power these remote controlled advertising blimps are safer to use and give you the ability to steer your blimp where the crowds are. Stop fighting with competitors for traditional ad space and take to the air to promote your business product or service using high quality advertising blimps.

Military Using Inflatable Tank Technology

CAAT TankThe number of industries now using inflatable technology has risen over the past decade, especially because the applications for inflatable material seem unending. As we have discussed in this blog, the primary user of inflatable equipment (aside from rental inflatable companies) seems to be the medical and safety community, which has found a number of ways to utilize inflatable tech as a way to further research and protection. Just last week, we talked about the Army’s development of an auto-inflating life jacket that reacts to a boater’s falling into water. Well, it seems that the military is using inflatables for more than just safety reasons.

A story from NBC News looks at the usage of inflatables in marine activity, especially that of Captive Air Amphibious Transporters (CAAT). Put plainly, CAATs are floating delivery vessels which primarily carry supplies across water. From NBC News:

“The inflatable tanklike treads of the Captive Air Amphibious Transporter (CAAT) can separate into flat panels to push on the water like a paddleboat. That enables the CAAT to not only swim, but also to crawl across sandy beaches, mud, ice fields and even sea walls — making it ideal for delivering cargo or troops in harsh conditions following a mega-disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami.”

The article says CAAT was developed with aid relief in mind, just like the parasailing robots which were also developed by the military. Calling the CAAT a tank isn’t entirely accurate, even though the inflatable treads seem to have the same design as ground tanks. These treads help the 2000-lb vehicles float on water and move swiftly on land as well. Aside from the weight, the most surprising part of the CAAT is its portability when not in use:

“Just as importantly, the CAAT consists of parts that can be taken apart and stored inside of standard cargo containers — the same ship containers that carry everything from TVs to iPads across the world’s oceans.”

Too Cool to Wear a Helmet?

Everyone knows that wearing a helmet is one of the safety measures to take when getting out onto the road with a motorcycle or bicycle. You don’t need facts and figures to know that wearing a helmet is the smartest thing to do before you start riding your bike to work or school. However, fashion-savvy folks may stay away from wearing helmets because let’s face it, they are pretty ugly. Even the best-looking helmets are still pretty ugly. Thanks to recent developments in inflatable technology, you may now be able to stay safe while maintaining your fashion sense.Inflatable Helmet

According to an article in Bike Radar, a Swedish design form has developed an inflatable helmet that pops up like a car airbag does when you get into an accident. The beauty of this helmet is that is virtually invisible:

“Unlike a traditional helmet, this ‘invisible helmet’ isn’t actually worn on the head, but instead is a collar worn around the neck with an airbag folded inside. In an accident or crash it can inflate in a tenth of a second to form a hood that surrounds and thus protects nearly all of the cyclist’s head and neck.”

Surprisingly, the founder of this firm tells Bike Radar that she doesn’t think this collar is any more flattering than a plastic helmet. Besides safety, the heat of traditional helmets was considered during the design of this collar, which allows air to flow through, providing at least some relief from the heat of traditional helmets.

This inflatable helmet design is similar to the inflatable safety suit being developed for drag racers and motorcycle riders that we have mentioned in this blog before. The world of inflatable invention is moving towards development of safety products, which is definitely a very good thing.

What will they come up with next?

Army Releases Inflatable Safety Jacket

Auto Inflate Life JacketWhen you get out onto the water in the summer time, many things escape your mind. Every serious concern in your life goes far, far away, especially since you’re trying to relax. However, as we discussed last week, safety should never be taken lightly, especially when you are taking part in water-based activities where drowning is possible. Whether you are tubing or simply taking a ride down an inflatable yacht slide, it is important to wear a safety jacket.

This is not only true for children though – many adults have difficulty swimming as well. While you may get many complainers saying, “They’re uncomfortable. I don’t need to wear a life jacket while we’re simply sitting on a boat,” there is a new option to make everyone happy. According to an article from KXII, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed an auto-inflating life jacket:

“…true to it’s [sic] name, this life jacket inflates on its own as soon as you hit the water!
When Stephen Crossland goes fishing, he gets some stares, even some questions, about his life jacket. “I wear the inflatable ones, if I’m by myself, I’ll wear the inflatable ones. If there’s more than one person in the boat, I’ll wear it to drive in and then I’ll take it off when I start fishing,” he said.”

Beside safety, the article says, a main feature of these new life jackets is comfort, one of the primary reasons why main people will not wear safety devices in the first place. The auto-inflatable jackets hand around your neck and secure around your waist, keeping you cool in temperatures over 100 degrees. It works with an ingenious pressure system:

“These auto-inflatable life jackets have a pressure sensor that determines whether or not it should deploy and it may take one to two seconds before it inflates. And if it doesn’t inflate, [Engineer B.J.] Parkey said there’s a backup. ‘If it doesn’t deploy, you’ll be able to pull on this string, which will trigger a key mechanism in here and will automatically inflate the CO2 cartridge,’ he said.”

Would you consider getting these life jackets for your boat?