Consumer Products Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest
- Monday, 31 March 2008
Winner of an HP Workstation
LED Cocoon Tent
Outdoor camping tents have used the zipper as the solution to opening and closing the tent since the zipper was invented. Even before the zipper was applied, campers used candles, lanterns, flashlights, and finally headlamps to give visibility to the dark shadows of a tent interior. The LED Cocoon Tent is a solution to the issues of jammed, snagged, worn out zippers and low visibility inside a tent at night.
The LED Cocoon Tent solves the zipper problem by completely eliminating the zipper. The new open/closure found on the LED Cocoon Tent was inspired by the shade canopy found on most baby strollers that accordions open and closed on two pivot points. The tent brings the comfort, convenience, and consistency of indoor light (and its associated light switch) to the outdoor camping experience.
A low-profile string of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) is sewn into the tent seams in various locations throughout the tent. At night, when you are headed back to the tent, reading a book, or performing other tasks that require two hands and/or multi-directional light, the user flips on the light switch or turns it on from outside with a small wireless remote.
Benefits of the LED Cocoon Tent include:
- No more zippers.
- Increased night vision.
- Hands-free convenience — perform tasks without fumbling with a flashlight or headlamp.
- Easy accessibility — brings the consistency of a bedroom light switch to a tent.
- Safety — gas-burning lanterns are an obvious hazard inside a tent. LEDs eliminate this and provide more safe light.
The concept of an LED integrated tent is easily manufactured and would perform well in mass production. Most tents are already assembled with a seam tape used to waterproof and/or reinforce the tent’s seams. The LED light string is integrated into the seam tape prior to production. Using LED integrated seam tape would require minimal change to the manufacturing process of current tents and the LED Cocoon Tent concept.
The LED Cocoon Tent is designed for the family and weekend warrior campers. This is a mid-grade tent for the mass market that is willing to sacrifice a little weight and pay a little more for the convenience, fun, and safety that the tent provides. The issue of lighting a tent is currently being solved through the use of after-market lighting accessories.