Holiday essential: the Windcatcher Air Pad

Don't waste your time inflating your air bed!

by Serena L. Rosato
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 TECHNOLOGY_  It's time for holiday. It's time to relax yourself. Please, don't waste your time inflating your air bed! The brilliant mind of Ryan Frayne offers you a great solution. Using a revolutionary technology, the Windcatcher Air Pad inflates in seconds with NO power or pumping required.   

 Ryan was at the beach with his family, watching his brother trying to inflate a simple floating toy. After a few breaths, his brother gave up, threw the toy down, and mumbled some expletives. This got Ryan thinking that there must be a better way. After a lot of trial and error and tons of Googling he was able to develop Windcatcher- a revolutionary inflation technology. 

The Windcatcher inflation technology is well on its way to becoming standard on most inflatables as well as inspiring new ideas and spawning future innovations.

 


Each time you blowing into the Windcatcher, the fast moving air stream from your mouth draws in the surrounding air; greatly amplifying your every breath.

The secret behind the Windcatcher's amazing speed of inflation is its ability to leverage the awesome properties of air. Simply put, the two most important properties are:

  • Fast moving air has lower air pressure than slow moving air
  • Air with higher pressure will be drawn to areas of lower pressure

When you blow into the Windcatcher you create a stream of fast moving, low pressure air. Because it has a higher air pressure, the surrounding air is sucked into the low pressure air stream. As a result, the air entering the Windcatcher is at least 10 to 15 times greater than the air you expelled from your lungs.

 


 

About Windcatcher, the co-founders Ryan Frayne, Rob Stam and Zeke Camusio  say: 

"...We realized we never really described our goal behind this project. To us, supporting it is about more than buying an (awesome) Air Pad. You're supporting an entirely new type of technology that has the potential to inspire new ideas and future innovative products."

Ideas like:
• Huge, reusable rescue buoys-- inflated by scooping up the air outside a fast moving helicopter, for marking the location of survivors in the water, when conditions prevent smoke signals from being used effectively

• Inflatable tents and dome structures

• Inflatable backboards for rapidly evacuating an injured person from the field

• Huge inflatable lake/sea structures for utilitarian and recreational use; inflated by scooping up the air as a boat speeds forward.

"We believe that the Air Pad and Air Bag are awesome and we'll work our asses off to make it the best freak'n product it can be. But it's just the beginning; just the tip of a giant inflatable iceberg all of you are helping to inflate."

Additional Features:

  • Sanitary - The valve never touches your mouth
  • Quiet - NO loud & obnoxious electric pumping noise
  • Requires NO power
  • Requires NO pumping

 

 

 

 

 



Comments
  • Luca Sarri

    Amazing! in my scouting experience, I never see anything like that! A good design!

  • Wendy Harper

    Fabulous - and also blindingly obvious when you think about blowing into a plastic grocery bag and with one puff the entire bag inflates. Go the harnessers of the wind!

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Author
  • Serena L. Rosato

    Architect

    Bari / Italy

    Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and delicate irony . Vigilant to detail and distracted by the novelty , constantly in search of the beauty of things. Declared dependence on travel, museums and shoes .)

References
Windcatcher Air Pad 3

Windcatcher Air Pad

Oregon / United States / 2012