Hammock Has Inflatable Air Mattress and Lights

DoubleNest hammockSome people enjoy sleeping in a hammock under the stars while out camping in the woods, while others find spending the night in a hammock suspended between two trees uncomfortable. A company called Eagles Nest Outfitters has come up with a new design to make the traditional hammock more comfortable and luxurious.

The DoubleNest LED hammock is an upgraded version of the two-person DoubleNest hammock that Eagles Nest Outfitters already offered. When properly anchored between two sturdy trees, the hammock can support up to 400 pounds.

The hammock has a string of glowing lights that can be turned on at night to allow a person to read, adjust a sleeping bag, walk back to the hammock after using the bathroom, or do anything else necessary to be comfortable on a night out camping. The lights get their power from three AAA batteries. The brightness of the lights is adjustable. A user can even turn on a flashing strobe light to attract attention in the event of an emergency.

Eagles Nest Outfitters has also introduced the AirLoft, a self-inflating air mattress that can be put inside the hammock to make sleeping more comfortable. The inflatable mattress has wings to act as a barrier between the camper and the walls of the hammock that can provide insulation to help the person stay warm on a cold night out camping. According to Eagles Nest Outfitters, the AirLoft is the first self-inflating mattress that was designed specifically to be used with a hammock for camping.

Sticky Monsters’ Sports Meet Features Inflatable Runway

Sticky Monster Lab inflatable runwayThe 7th Annual National Fitness Day on August 8, 2015 was marked by setting up a 140-meter-long inflatable runway in the center of Chengdu, a city in southwestern China. The pop-up runway will remain and will be open to the public until September 6.

The event is known as the Sticky Monsters’ Sports Meet. It is a collaboration between Chengdu International Finance Square, Sticky Monster Lab of South Korea, and AllRightsReserved, which serves as the curator. The inflatable runway is the highlight of the event, which also includes the Sticky Monster Wave Pool, the Vertical Marathon, and the “Happy Burst of Energy” Athletic Party.

Monsters from Sticky Monster Lab are located at various points along the track. The runway also includes obstacles, such as slides and climbing walls, where people can test their strength and skills to cross the finish line. Anyone who completes the runway challenge will receive a limited edition IFS X Sticky Monster Lab Sports Bracelet.

The Sticky Monsters initially appear to be cute monsters, but when spectators look closer, they can see that the monsters are all imperfect in some way. Kibon, for example, has no hands. They are meant to show that everyone is imperfect in some way but that we can all overcome obstacles. The theme of the event is “Challenge Yourself and Overcome the Obstacles.”

Several prominent Chinese athletes attended the Sticky Monsters’ Sports Meet. Residents of Chengdu were also celebrating Beijing’s successful bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The event is also intended to draw attention to the “Warm Current” Public Welfare Project. Chengdu IFS will donate the sports equipment used in the event to underprivileged children who live in mountainous areas in China.

Engineers Design Inflatable Tent for Moon Missions

inflatable moon tentThe Apollo program landed a dozen astronauts on the moon from 1969 to 1972, but they were only able to spend three days and six hours exploring its surface because they could not venture far from the life support on the lunar lander. A team of researchers from MIT have designed a packable, inflatable tent that could double the distance astronauts could travel from the lunar base and increase the reachable area by a factor of four.

The tent has a pill shape and can sleep two astronauts. The pod is supported by silicone-coated fabric tubes and has an interior area of 425 cubic feet. When the system is packed, it takes up a space about half the size of a refrigerator. It weighs 273 pounds.

The pod has a reflective shield that can protect astronauts from the sun’s rays. Life support systems on the rover would supply oxygen, food, and water; maintain the temperature in the inflatable habitat; and remove carbon dioxide and excess humidity from the air. A flexible solar array would provide power and recharge the rover’s batteries.

The astronauts would be able to explore with a rover, enter the inflatable tent, remove their space suits, and rest for eight hours before exploring the next day. They would then return to their base.

The tent is designed to protect astronauts from moon dust, which can be hazardous to human health. Moon dust is electrostatically charged, sticks to everything, and is similar to shards of glass. It can cause skin and eye irritation and congestion or lower-airway issues if inhaled. A flexible divider inside the pod would separate the area where the astronauts removed their suits from their sleeping quarters.

The lunar camper is still in the research stage. It is unclear when it might be used since NASA is not currently planning an expedition to the moon.

Northrop Grumman Wants to Send Inflatable Aircraft to Venus

Northrop Grumman inflatable VenusScientific missions to explore Venus face unique challenges due to the planet’s hot and hostile environment. Aerospace company Northrop Grumman conducted a feasibility study in 2012 of an inflatable aircraft powered by propellers called the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform (VAMP).

Northrop Grumman plans to enter the VAMP design in NASA’s next New Frontiers, which will begin on October 1. New Frontiers is NASA’s series of space exploration missions that aim to study several planets in the solar system. Companies are competing for $1 billion in funding for their projects. The winning mission will have to be prepared to launch around 2021.

An orbiting spacecraft would deliver VAMP to Venus and would later act as a communications link between VAMP and Earth. VAMP would inflate before it reached the planet’s atmosphere. Its large surface area would help it withstand the heat of atmospheric entry.

VAMP would have a wingspan of about 150 feet and a payload capacity of 440 pounds. It would be able to stay airborne for almost a year while it used a combination of powered flight and passive floating to study Venus. VAMP would be able to travel at a top speed of 135 miles per hour.

The aircraft could fly at an altitude of 31 to 44 miles over the surface of Venus. In the area where VAMP would fly, the atmospheric pressure is comparable to that on Earth and the temperature is about 15 degrees Celsius. These are much better conditions than the high pressure and extremely high temperatures on the planet’s surface.

VAMP would be the first application of Northrop Grumman’s Lifting Entry/Atmospheric Flight (LEAF) aircraft. The aircraft could fly over any planetary body with an atmosphere, including Venus, Earth, Mars, and Saturn’s moon Titan.

Northrop Grumman has formed a science advisory board to define scientific goals and measurement requirements and to identify possible instruments for future VAMP missions. It will also analyze existing data on Venus that might be helpful in planning VAMP’s mission.

Inflatable Sculptures on Display at Art Gallery

inflatable sculpture exhibitBedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California is hosting Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art, a special exhibit of inflatable sculptures, this spring. The exhibition was organized by museum curator Carrie Lederer and will run through June 21.

Blow Up includes inflatable works created by artists Claire Ashley, Lee Boroson, Lewis deSoto, Patrick Flibotte, Billie G. Lynn, Guy Overfelt, Momoyo Torimitsu, and Andy Warhol. They include a seascape that was specially commissioned for the exhibit, two giant bunnies that were created in Japan, and an inflatable car. Blow Up will also include video documenting inflatable works created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Joshua Allen Harris.

Visitors to the exhibit at the Bedford Gallery can even sit on some of the inflatables. The exhibit includes blow-up chairs in the shape of four-foot-tall inflatable dogs and dog toys.

The exhibit looks at imaginative ways in which artists can use air to create large-scale sculptures. The imagery included in the exhibition is figurative, conceptual, and abstract. The pieces are intended to be accessible and rich in meaning. They use the viewer’s perception of space and unexpected materials to create a dialogue about pop culture and society.

The exhibition is funded by the Lesher Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, Diablo Regional Arts Association, and the National Endowment for the Arts. After it completes its initial run at the Bedford Gallery, the exhibit of inflatable sculptures will travel to galleries and museums in Arizona, Alabama, Oregon, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, and Colorado. It will tour museums and galleries across the United States for the next three years.

Inflatable Snug Vest Can Help Autistic Children

Snug VestThe Snug Vest, an inflatable vest that applies pressure similar to a hug, is helping children with autism around the world.

Deep pressure therapy uses firm pressure to the torso to increase focus and attention. The therapy is especially helpful for people with anxiety, stress, or sensory disorders, such as autism. Deep pressure therapy typically uses weighted vests to apply pressure, but those vests sometimes appear clunky and can be difficult to use.

Lisa Fraser invented the Snug Vest as her thesis project in the industrial design program at Emily Carr University in Canada in 2009. She was inspired by her knowledge of deep pressure therapy and decided to create an inflatable vest, rather than one that used weights.

The Snug Vest can be slipped on like a jacket and fastens in the front. A child can put on the Snug Vest without assistance and inflate it to a pressure that he or she finds comfortable. This gives the child a degree of independence that is not possible with other vests, which require assistance to put on.

The Snug Vest is inflated with an attachable hand pump. It distributes pressure evenly throughout the sides, shoulders, and back of the torso to create a feeling similar to a hug. It does not place pressure on the chest or stomach. Pressure can be adjusted easily in small increments.

The Snug Vest is not cumbersome and does not limit mobility. It can be worn discreetly nearly anywhere. The Snug Vest is adjustable to grow with the child. It has a hood to block out light and distractions, and pockets can provide further comfort.

Fraser went through 200 prototypes before she perfected the design. She began selling the Snug Vest in 2013, and the response has been overwhelming.

She initially promoted the Snug Vest in the media and then relied on word of mouth. The company has also begun spreading the word at industry conferences. They have sold over 450 vests around the world.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Victoria, which was funded in part by the company, found that behavior and attention improved for children who wore the Snug Vest, even up to 20 minutes after taking it off. The company conducted its own study of 15 children, and parents and caregivers reported improvements.

Inflatable Bag Protects Electronic Gadgets

Fugu BagThe new inflatable Fugu Bag, designed by artists Peng You and Hongchao Wang, allows residents of busy urban areas to protect their precious cell phones, tablets, and laptops from damage. The designers created the bag because most people carry electronic devices with them that are filled with vital contacts, emails, photos, and other important data, but those valuable devices may not be adequately protected.

The bags are made of a durable carbon-fiber fabric coated both inside and outside with polyurethane. Rather than being sewn together like a traditional bag, the panels are attached with high-frequency welding, which provides extra strength and makes the seams waterproof.

The interior of the bag consists of inflatable sections fashioned from thermoplastic polyurethane film, which is strong and able to stretch. When the sections are inflated, they protect the bag’s contents from damage that may occur from being bumped or dropped. The sections can be inflated and deflated to customize the shape of the bag to fit its contents. The Fugu Bag can be inflated in one minute, stays inflated for five days, and can be deflated in just 10 seconds. A series of sacks, pouches, and loops allow the owner to keep the contents organized.

The designers believe their Fugu Bag is a better alternative than other bags, which can be heavy and cumbersome. They say their bag is easier to use because it is both lightweight and durable.

You said he got the inspiration for the Fugu Bag from inflatable sportswear and packaging, which are lightweight but provide effective protection. He tested over 50 inflatable patterns in thermoplastic polyurethane to find out which shape would be the most efficient.

The Fugu Bag was presented at the RCA 2014 exhibition.

Inflatable Wind Turbine to Be Flown in Alaska

inflatable wind turbineAltaeros Energies, a wind energy company formed out of MIT, is planning to conduct the first commercial demonstration of a high altitude wind turbine in conjunction with the Alaska Energy Authority in a $1.3 million, 18-month project.

Altaeros Energies has created a 32-foot-wide inflatable wind turbine called the Buoyant Airborne Turbine that is inflated with helium and has been tested at altitudes over 300 feet. The BAT can rise to higher altitudes than tower-mounted wind turbines. In the demonstration, the BAT is expected to soar to a height of 1,000 feet in the air at a site south of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Winds are stronger and more consistent higher in the air, and can thus provide more energy. The BAT is designed to withstand strong winds. In a 2013 test, a prototype of the inflatable turbine withstood 45 mile per hour winds.

The inflatable turbine has high-strength tethers to hold it in place and cables that carry electricity to the ground. The BAT’s design is based heavily on that of aerostats, blimp-like inflatables that are frequently used to lift heavy communications equipment. Unlike past wind projects, the BAT can be transported and set up without large cranes, towers, or underground foundations.

The goal of the BAT project is to test the viability of the inflatable turbine as a power source for remote communities. It is expected to generate enough energy to power over a dozen homes. The company is seeking to provide an alternative to diesel generators.

The BAT is expected to rise 275 feet higher than the current highest wind turbine, the Vestas V164-8.0-MW.

Inflatable Sun and Moon to Be Part of Opera Performances at Sydney Harbour

inflatable sunPerformances of the opera “Madame Butterfly” at the Sydney Harbour will include an inflatable sun and moon as part of the set.

The sun measures 12 meters (36 feet) in diameter, and the moon is 6 meters (18 feet). The sun is supported by a large platform that floats on the water. It is constructed with thick sail cloth and is inflated by two fans and lit up with 12 LED lights. Four anchor lines hold the platform in place. The anchor lines must be checked every day to be sure that a boat has not run over them and cut them, which has happened in the past.

The sun and moon will be inflated by theater technician Andrew Tindal-Davies, who refers to himself as an “Orb Master.” He will be inside the sun during the entire performance of the opera. He will be positioned behind the lights so that audience members will not be able to see his shadow from the shore, where they will be watching the performance.

In addition to the inflatable sun and moon, the large outdoor set also includes a Japanese bamboo forest, two working cars, two cranes, a live orchestra, and two fireworks displays.

This is the third year that Handa Opera will perform a series of shows on Sydney Harbour. They will perform 20 times, beginning on March 21.

Puccini’s opera is about an American naval officer who visits Japan and marries a local woman, whom he nicknames Madame Butterfly. The cast of the opera consists of 60 artists, both local and international.

Inflatable Life Box Shelters Help Natural Disaster Victims

life box 1Life Box is an inflatable rapid-response disaster recovery box that can be used to help victims of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods, who are in need of emergency shelter and supplies.

Life Box is a foldable polyethylene box containing two cardboard boxes with relief supplies such as food, water, and sleeping bags. An inflatable double-layer shelter is attached to the inside of Life Box. When it is unfolded, Life Box becomes the floor of the emergency shelter. The polyethylene foam is a shock absorber that also provides comfort for disaster victims and insulation for the shelter.

life box 2Life Boxes are available in three designs based on the type of natural disaster affecting the area. One version is for disaster areas that can only be reached by air and features an outer layer that can be used as a parachute. Another Life Box is designed for disaster areas that can be accessed by land and includes an outer layer of the shelter inside the box. The third Life Box is used in flooded areas and can function on both land and water. Two inflatable rings around the shelter enable it to float.

Life Box comes with easy-to-follow graphic instructions similar to those included with life vests. The inflatable structures can be set up in under a minute. Multiple Life Box shelters can be combined to provide shelter for families. Life Boxes can also be used to provide housing or can serve as temporary hospitals or offices during natural disaster recovery efforts.