Creating Custom Promotional Inflatables

Custom Promotional InflatablesNo doubt you have been to a plethora of backyard BBQs, graduation parties and birthday parties that featured a bounce house or inflatable obstacle course. There is also no doubt that after the kids ran out of icing sugar energy and fell asleep, the adults got on the inflatable and had a great time as well. You have seen inflatables, used inflatables and had a blast on many inflatables, but there is one thing you don’t know: not all inflatables are created equally.

What do we mean by this? It means that while your rental inflatable is awesome, you can have custom-created promotional inflatables made from a vision you dreamed up one day. Imagine sitting in a marketing meeting at your office and pitching an idea for an inflatable blimp with your company’s name on it. Maybe your business has a mascot – why not have an inflatable costume made based on your mascot?

At Custom Inflatables, these are the types of projects we love to take on. Make your company stand out with a brand new, custom designed inflatable product to help your marketing team. We approach these projects with a four step process:

Get in Touch – Contact our team of professionals and we’ll get an idea of what you are looking for. We will help you full develop your inflatable vision and get to work.

The Render – We’re not just going to take your idea and build it sight unseen. We create a fully customized 3D model based on your initial consultation.

Approval – If you approve of the render we create, we start the inflatable creation process. Just imagine your 3D render in life-size – that’s exactly what we are making for you. If you don’t approve of the render, we make the changes you want.

The Finished Product – After construction, we deliver your inflatable and get to see two things – a big smile from you and the start of an innovative, attention- grabbing marketing campaign.

Just think it up and we’ll inflate it for you!

A Robot with an Inflatable Arm

More and more industries are using inflatables beyond what most of us see them as – sky dancers, advertising blimps and bounce houses. This is not to say that these uses are not equally as valid as others, it is just interesting to look at how differently they can applied depending on the situation. Take the use of inflatables in space that we discussed two weeks ago – it’s definitely outside of the box for standard inflatables!

According to Wired, developers are working on making robots more maneuverable and lightweight. To do so, the Pentagon has given a $625,000 grant to a company to development an inflatable robot arm:

“The Pentagon’s far-out research arm Darpa is preparing to award a $625,000 contract to iRobot — famous for its vacuum robot ‘Roomba’ —  for an inflatable robotic arm. Called the Advanced Inflatable Robot, or AIR, the arm can lift four times its own weight and operates on principles less similar to a balloon than a car tire.”

Making robots lighter is important, the article says, so that it’s easier for military members to carry them around. Also, the heavyweight arms on traditional robots simply do not have any finesse in dangerous situations. Currently the arm only weighs half a pound, but can lift 6 times its own weight:

“…by increasing the arm’s internal pressure, the arm would be able to lift heavier objects. At the same time, the arm’s pressure is designed to scale. If the robot runs into the wall, the arm would buckle instead of punching through it.”

Beyond the striking abilities these inflatable arms possess, they are also inexpensive, making them very easy to fit into federal budgets:

“That squishy bot also costs less than $100, and in the future, Darpa believes they could cost as little as a few dollars, according to an agency statement.”

Inflatable Clouds at the Olympics

Inflatable CloudsAfter several weeks of taking up the majority of our TV channels, the 2012 Olympics in London have finally drawn to a close. As you know, the Olympics – both summer and winter versions – are full of spectacular sites, performances and artistic elements during the opening and closing ceremonies. London’s version of the Olympics ceremonies featured a number of parts, including amazing musical performances from Eric Idle, Queen and a reunited Spice Girls. However, the most invigorating parts of these events were the aesthetically brilliant designs showcasing bright visuals and intricate choreography. Wouldn’t you know it? Inflatables were part of the show.

According to a story in the Harborough Mail, the Olympics opening ceremony featured inflatable clouds that floated around a stadium during the elaborate introduction of London as the newest site. The clouds that were designed were rather large:

“Imagine Inflatables, which is based in New Street, was commissioned earlier this year to create several eight-metre long inflatable clouds for the games’ lavish opening ceremony. The clouds formed props which were floated into position by some of the thousands of volunteer participants, and one specially-made cloud was even designed to have water pumped through it so it would ‘rain’ onto a house during the ceremony.”

One of the designers said that the clouds were completed back in June, including the one with the ability to rain. Each of the clouds were folded down for transportation reasons, minus the rain cloud, which had its own truck. This exposure is certainly a big deal for the inflatable company, which currently moved to a larger location:

“[The company] was established in 2001 and has expanded form a firm which was run from a spare bedroom to one which now occupies a warehouse and office space in New Street. The company moved to its New Street home last year from a smaller unit in Gilmorton. Six people are currently employed there.”

NASA Test Puts Inflatable Tech in Space

The world is all abuzz about a lot of things right now, but especially with the National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration’s [NASA] landing of a rover on Mars. The rover – named Curiosity – recently landed on the Red Planet and has begun transmitting interesting photos and videos from the surface. The mission is much like another Mars rover which landed some years ago, except with one difference. Unlike other rover landings, Curiosity used a supersonic parachute, instead of a series of inflatable balloons or heat shields.

However, NASA is looking at inflatables for future use in protecting landing sequences on distant planets if a recent test is any indication. According to the Los Angeles Times, NASA launched a heat-shield prototype on Monday. This test included inflatable technology as a major component:Inflatable Heat Shield

“The test flight blasted off atop a suborbital rocket at 7:01 a.m. EDT (1101 GMT) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. It sent a small capsule, called the Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment 3 (IRVE-3) into suborbital space, which deployed the inflatable heat shield and then plunged back down through Earth’s atmosphere to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean.”  

The article says the heat shield is actually comprised of inflatable rings formed into a cone shape. These rings are covered in high-tech thermal blankets which protect the inflatables and space capsule from extremely high temperatures caused during re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere. In the case of the IRVE-3, it withstood 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.  This wasn’t the first time NASA has used inflatables in its work, running two previous IRVE launches:

“The first IRVE experiment launched in 2007, but failed due to a booster failure. In 2009, the space agency successfully flew the IRVE-2 inflatable heat shield. The IRVE-3 payload, however, is heavier than the IRVE-2 design, and was subjected to more extreme re-entry heating than its predecessor.”

Based on the success of this mission, we’ll probably being seeing more and more inflatable tech being used for space exploration!


A Real Water World

The Sports Park 60

Kevin Costner had a water world vision but it was nothing like this. German inflatable company Wibit Sports has created the ultimate in water sport entertainment with its massive Sports Park 60 inflatable structure that measures 130’ long by 105’ wide and weighs almost 4,000lbs. It takes roughly 180 minutes to inflate the entire park but once it’s operational the fun literally never ends. Ideal for lakes and ponds the Sports Park 60 allows people to run, jump, slide and swing across brightly colored slides, high jumps, trampolines and action tower until they feel like taking a refreshing dive into the surrounding water on which the park floats.

The floating water park allows for plenty of fun obstacle course races, trampoline challenges and diving competitions for kids of all ages and even adults too. Each entertainment section is connected by inflatable ramps and bridges that create a surreal action set that allows the imagination to run wild in thinking up clever games and contests. Perfect for a kid’s birthday bash or family reunion the Sports Park 60 will provide hours of healthy fun and entertainment and be the envy of anyone who ventures near this inflatable aquatic kingdom.

And for good measure the inflatable water park also has a podium section to award 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for events you organize on the structure. If Costner’s ill-fated 1995 flick was less serious and more like the fun Sports Park 60 maybe it would have had better success.