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Challenge Comfortable Airless Camping Mattress

Comfortable Airless Camping Mattress

Award: $25,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 248
Posted: Mar 04 2019
Challenge ID: 9934115
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The Seeker is searching for ways to improve the comfort of an airless camping mattress. Submissions may include new designs and/or new materials for the internal structural components of the mattress.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


A comfortable bed is an essential part of any satisfactory sleep experience. While at home, consumers have an almost infinite variety of mattress options available, but when out camping those options dwindle significantly. Airbeds are the most common camping mattress on the market but they do have their drawbacks, the most significant of which is they leak! Whether it is due to a defect in material or workmanship, or a puncture suffered in use or in storage, a leak renders an airbed useless and uncomfortable. It is for this reason the Seeker started developing an airless camping mattress several years ago. The Seeker has explored several concepts, designs, and materials for an airless mattress and while they have shown great progress they are still a bit short of where they want to be comfort-wise for the mattress. Thus, the Seeker is searching for ways to improve the design and/or materials for their airless camping mattress in order to increase the comfort level experienced by the user.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 4, 2019

Late submissions will not be considered.

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