Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits in a Backpack

At one time the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly, but easy to transport. Those never materialized, but the technology involved—a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures—has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that's just as safe… » 4/11/14 11:29am 4/11/14 11:29am

These Blossoming Flowers Are the First Inflatable 3D-Printed Object

Most objects created by 3D printers are made from hard rigid plastics, but as the hardware is continually being improved, new materials are coming into play. Believe it or not, at Victoria University of Wellington's School of Design, Richard Clarkson has succeeded in 3D printing these flowers from a soft rubber-like… » 1/23/14 12:20pm 1/23/14 12:20pm

An Inflatable Concert Hall Inspired By… Giant Plums?

Designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who teamed with British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor, the Ark Nova is touted as the world's first inflatable concert hall. Kapoor is no stranger to inflatable structures, having created the Leviathan in Paris back in 2011. But that structure was designed to stay put inside… » 9/25/13 9:20am 9/25/13 9:20am

Watch Copenhagen's Inflatable Community Center Blow Up Around Town

In the swinging 1970s, inflatable architecture—along with geodesic domes and conversation pits—was all the rage. But over the past few years we've seen a resurgence in pneumatically powered structures, which are actually surprisingly functional as temporary event spaces. The latest? Aeropolis, a big, reflective… » 8/23/13 1:00pm 8/23/13 1:00pm

This Inflatable Aircraft Carrier Houses a Solar-Powered Wonder Plane

When you're flying around the world in a lightweight solar-powered plane with a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, you need to guarantee you've always got a safe place to store it on the ground. So the support team behind the Solar Impulse, the world's first globe circumnavigating solar-powered aircraft,… » 6/05/13 12:19pm 6/05/13 12:19pm

Thirty Person Inflatable Lounge: One Toothpick and the Party's Over

Are you in need of a lot of extra seating for an upcoming shindig and a way to safely get 30 guests to shore after an emergency shipwreck? Look no further than the Beach7 AirLounge XL which provides comfortable seating for up to 30 people—possibly more if comfort isn't an issue—in a package that deflates and folds away … » 5/06/13 7:27pm 5/06/13 7:27pm

Inflatable Cast Stabilizes Injuries In Mere Seconds

Seconds count when someone sustains a major injury, and properly pre-treating the patient before they get to the hospital can vastly improve their recovery time. So Kinoshita Kogyo has developed the Multiprotector inflatable cast and tourniquet that can be easily applied even by someone lacking proper medical… » 6/11/12 10:40am 6/11/12 10:40am

This Inflatable Boot Camp Would Make the Draft Obsolete

We're not saying the U.S. needs to enter another war anytime soon, but should the nation's armed forces find themselves in a situation where new recruits are few and far between, this inflatable boot camp obstacle course will easily bolster its numbers. » 5/10/12 10:14am 5/10/12 10:14am

Watch This Snowboarder Survive an Avalanche By Floating On an Airbag

Meesh Hytner was doing typical pro-snowboarder things, participating in an informal backcountry competition in Colorado, when suddenly she found herself in a class-3 avalanche. Lucky for her, she was wearing an emergency airbag system, and lucky for you, there's video. » 2/02/12 3:40pm 2/02/12 3:40pm

Excuse Me Sir but I Believe There's a Giant Spider on Your Back

Those of you with arachnophobia may want to turn away from your monitors. This enormous inflatable spider puppet was built by UK artist Tim Davies for street and carnival performances. Details are still scarce on its inner workings or controls but Davies mentions that the legs are "air-powered." [TD Artwork via » 1/23/12 11:00pm 1/23/12 11:00pm