The String Prototype Inflatable Bouncy Cube

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More than an abstract art installation, the prototype, set up outside of Vienna last December, was engineered to be an incredibly cool jungle gym for kids and adults with a daredevil streak.

Numen/For Use co-founder Christoph Katzler said in an interview that the designers were inspired by inflatable advertising cubes. He told Wired that he couldn’t figure out how what looked like squared off inflatable balloons, which should theoretically have rounded sides, managed to maintain such flat edges.

A look inside of one revealed hundreds of strings stretched between the walls to provide structure and force the inflatable into shape.

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Via Slate.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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