Tangram Design assisted the Volvo Design team in the design and development of their inflatable child seat concept. Tangram was contacted to help on the project based on our previous experience and technical knowledge in the design of drop stitch inflatable products. Tangram provided the Volvo design team with in-depth information and guidance regarding the opportunities for innovation and limitations of working with drop stitch fabric.
“The Inflatable Child Seat Concept inflates in less than 40 seconds and deflates with an integrated pump. The total weight for the seat is less than 5 kg. The seat accommodates children up to 100 cm,i.e. 3-4 of age. The seat is safe, easy to pack and carry and is intended to allow parents to use it in many situations not practical with existing seats on the market today.”
The drop-stitch inflatable fabric technology used to create the bladder portion of the seat was originally developed for use in the military and boating industries. The fabric is characterized by 2 surfaces that are connected by a large number of threads. When the 2 sides are connected with a sidewall and inflated the threads create tension in the structure allowing for inflation to high-pressure and a much more rigid surface than a typical inflatable product. Tangram had previously worked with Walker Bay Boats on the design and development of their line of inflatable kayaks and docks.
“Child safety research is a vital and never-ending process at Volvo Car Group. The Inflatable Child Seat Concept is a project focusing on the future needs of families and will be continuously evaluated as they assess the possibilities for commercial production and retail.”