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The Pneumad portable shelter inflates itself

The Pneumad portable shelter i...
The Pneumad is an inflatable portable shelter designed for the nomadic traveler
The Pneumad is an inflatable portable shelter designed for the nomadic traveler
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The Pneumad is an inflatable portable shelter designed for the nomadic traveler
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The Pneumad is an inflatable portable shelter designed for the nomadic traveler
The Pneumad is transported in a trailer
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The Pneumad is transported in a trailer
The Pneumad and any additional furniture can be easily unpacked from the trailer when the user requires
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The Pneumad and any additional furniture can be easily unpacked from the trailer when the user requires
The Pneumad needs only be laid out on the ground prior to inflation
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The Pneumad needs only be laid out on the ground prior to inflation
The Pneumad name is derived from the pneumatic means of inflating it and this potential use for nomadic travel
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The Pneumad name is derived from the pneumatic means of inflating it and this potential use for nomadic travel
The Pneumad provides a large shelter once inflated
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The Pneumad provides a large shelter once inflated
The Pneumad was designed as part of an exhibition looking at mobile architecture
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The Pneumad was designed as part of an exhibition looking at mobile architecture
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The speed and ease with which portable shelters can be erected are often two of their key attributes. One recently designed portable shelter promises to be not only quick to erect, but nigh on effortless. The Pneumad folds out from a car trailer and inflates automatically.

This is one of a number of similar portable shelters that can be towed by a car. Others include the very basic Taku-Tanku made from two water tanks, and the build-it-yourself Teal trailer. Unlike these examples, however, the Pneumad isn't towed in its usable form. The structure is inflatable, and is stored in a special trailer during transport.

The trailer is made from steel and aluminum, while the inflatable itself is made from polyethylene and rip-stop nylon. When the user is ready to set up camp, the Pneumad is unpacked from the trailer, along with the the furniture to be used either inside or out, and laid out on the ground. The user then switches on the air pump, which inflates the structure in under a minute without any further input required. The user, meanwhile, is free to tend to other jobs.

The Pneumad was designed as part of an exhibition looking at mobile architecture
The Pneumad was designed as part of an exhibition looking at mobile architecture

Architecture firm Min | Day, which created the Pneumad, says it is aimed at the nomadic traveler. Its name is derived from the pneumatic means of inflating it and this potential use for nomadic travel. The Pneumad was designed for the Truck-A-Tecture show at the Kaneko gallery in Omaha. The exhibition, which ran this summer, explored concepts of mobile architecture.

Development of the Pneumad continues. Min | Day has received interest from a disaster relief housing manufacturer and from a public advocacy agency interested in its potential use as a mobile information center.

The video below provides an introduction to the Truck-A-Tecture exhibition.

Source: Min | Day, Kaneko

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9 comments
9 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is really nice. Perhaps it could also be used in outdoor conferences and conventions? I think it is versatile.
I think it is neat - being a Smart car owner - that they show a Fortwo towing the vehicle in the gallery.
sk8dad
...so the tent is permanently attached to the trailer? What happens when you have to park in an area where there isn't a large, level, debris-free, and unobstructed space next to your trailer? If you have to drive off to get supplies, you have to then pack up the entire camp site?
Ozuzi
sk8dad Presumably you can drive the car away.
The main shot shows it inside a building, what is the point of that? I'm more worried about what happens when the wind picks it up and slams the trailer into the side of your car.
Jimmy the Geek
Yes, a strong breeze will turn this into a kite even if staked down. Also, as with all things inflatable, it is hard to get the genie back into the bottle, ie trying to get it back into the trailer I suspect will be a challenge.
ezeflyer
I suggest a built-in inflatable mattress and inflatable furniture
DonGateley
I wonder if this could be filled with a slow setting foam so as to remove the pump after inflation. If so, I want one (or several that interlock) for my getaway in the woods.
Stephen N Russell
Roughen up exterior & ideal for wilderness, Rescue, Search & Rescue, Mining, Tourism, Camping, Disaster Aid, Storage.
Ralf Biernacki
Why the trailer? Not everyone drives a child's toy. With a proper car, it would be far more convenient to just put the tent in the back.
Only the subcompact owners would need a trailer, but any trailer will do. Or a roof rack. The idea of having an attached trailer drives up the price and reduces versatility. And it's cumbersome.
Charles Barnard
If you have to switch on the pump, it doesn't 'inflate automatically.'