Inflatable

  • High-flying tree tents and roofed hammocks are all the rage and tents are getting as social as the internet. The basic ground tent was nearly more the exception than the rule in 2017, as tents that dangle from trees and cliffs, float on water, and ride atop motor vehicles hoarded the spotlight. ​​​
  • Finding a comfortable place to sit while camping can be a struggle, and carrying a full-on camping chair while hiking to camp isn't exactly appealing. The PacBack Trio is a clever solution to these problems, transforming from a portable air mattress into what looks like a comfy chair in seconds.
  • Dubbed the "ultimate sea toy," the Seakart 335 was recently on show at the Cannes Yachting Festival Boat Show and the Monaco Yacht Show. The smart looking inflatable boat is available in two versions that can seat three or five passengers.
  • ​If you ever find yourself stuck in a disaster zone, your rescuer could be a soft robotic snake. A Stanford team has developed a flexible robot that grows like a vine, squeezing through rubble to find trapped survivors and even delivering water to them.
  • ​Blasting equipment into space is costly, so reducing weight and size is crucial. Last year, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was deployed to the ISS to test how an inflatable habitat stands up to the harsh environment of space. Now, one year on, NASA has reported its initial findings.
  • The world's first inflatable hexacopter is upon us, and it makes a lot of sense. With the arms deflated, the Diodon drone folds away into a tiny carry case, and once inflated, it's buoyant enough to land on water – or, more to the point, not sink when you accidentally crash it into the water.
  • ​Normally you’d keep your controllers as far from water as possible, but Microsoft has unveiled one for the pool. While people in the Northern Hemisphere are more likely to snuggle up with the Xbox Onesie for now, Australian gamers can now play at the beach with the Inflatable Xbox One S Controller.
  • Now that 2016's jetting toward a close, we've gone back through our coverage to bring you our very favorite water toys in a list that includes multifunctional jet drives, floating multi-person lounges, folding and inflatable watercraft, deep-diving personal submarines and more.
  • Usually portable boats rely on either folding or inflatable hardware to compact down to carry case size, but some use a combination of both. The K-Pak has a blend of folding skeleton, inflatable inserts and fabric outer skin to travel to the water on your back, set up in minutes and get paddling.
  • It can be tough to find space for your own boat if you live in an urban area, and not everyone is able to hitch up a trailer whenever the urge strikes them. GoBoat aims to solve these problems with a stable fishing boat that collapses to save space.
  • The International Space Station got a bit bigger today as the first human-rated inflatable structure to fly in space​ – the experimental​ Bigelow Expandable Activity Module – was successfully attached to the Tranquility module over a four-hour period.
  • While the SipaBoard self-inflating jet board is certainly a cool water toy, not everyone wants motor power or the added expense of a jet drive. SipaBoards' latest design keeps the integrated self-inflation system but loses the jet drive.