An interesting little patent today that shows how simple a patent can be...
Do you remember those days as a teenager, when you lived in a college dorm room, and you suddenly needed a place for a friend to sleep the night and you most certainly didn’t want them sharing the bed with you! This of course assumes that you had a bed and that it was big enough for more than one person to start with. There was the couch – OK, not very likely in a dorm room, the floor - not very comfortable – but wait. What if you could inflate the floor! This invention might actually be useful –
The present invention relates generally to rugs having a padding member. In its particular aspects, the present invention relates to a rug having an inflatable backing member for conversion to a rug-covered air mattress.
And yes, this invention was issued before I went to college (US 3,984,595 issued Oct 1976). The only problem would have been that I could never see the floor of my room because the room was a) too small b) I had too much stuff and c) I wasn’t the greatest at putting stuff away. So, it would probably have taken most of the night to actually clear the floor so that that the rug could be inflated.
Unlike the previous few patents that were total overkill in terms of the design, this one is very simple – perhaps too simple. There are only two claims, printed here in their entirety:
1. An inflatable rug comprising a rug member laminated on top of a generally planar flexible walled hollow backing member, the walls of said backing member enclosing a cavity in said member, and valve means carried by said member in communication with said cavity to enable the introduction of pressurized gas into said cavity.
2. The inflatable rug of claim 1 further comprising an adhesive bond between said rug member and said backing member.
I guess they don’t claim that after it has been inflated that the pressurized gas can be eliminated.Brian Bailey
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