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A patented technology that uses a century-old physical process for inflating a camping mattress extremely quickly.
We created a comfortable camping mattress that inflates itself, with bewildering speed, so much so that we patented the technology.
Using a principle of fluid mechanics, our Venturi valve, combined with the Air Seconds air mattresses for one or two people, the airflow is accelerated using the vacuum cleaner principle (inverted flow) to go from a folded mattress to an inflated mattress, that is ready to use, in just a few seconds.
Naturally, having confirmed that the system worked in principle with the help of some DIY skills, a little more work was needed. This included an industrial designer, a 3D printed model, which was used to improve the moulds, and a designer to study the practical aspects without overlooking the aesthetic aspects, which involved creating shapes that evoke "speed".
This valve was fitted to the Air Seconds mattresses, which use a different technology from the tents of the same name. In this case, the objective is to inflate large volumes at a fairly low pressure. Products like inflatable kayaks, kite wings or Air Seconds tents need stiffness, and hence a lot of pressure. Our valve speeds up the inflation process and increases the volume quickly, but does not create excessive pressure (about 0.03 bars, or 100 times less than a bicycle tire), which is not important for a mattress, but much more important for other types of products (the tubes of the Air Seconds tents are inflated to approximately 0.5 bars).
Work on a second version, with a more compact valve and a different mattress (more durable laminated PVC) was facilitated by the fact that we weren't starting from scratch but improving an existing product. Early testing, for example, involved plugging some of the v1's eyelets to find out what was really needed.
Consequently, we took advantage of all the lessons learnt from the first version to highlight the important points, and those which we could overlook. For example, we knew that we would have to keep the tube that delivers a linear flow of air inside.
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