Insulated Sleeping Bag Expands Into a Mobile Shelter for the Homeless

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Last October, Carnegie Mellon University charged its students to devise temporary, economically viable shelters for housing some of the 578,424 homeless people living in the United States. Winters are particularly brutal for the homeless, many of whom face overcrowded shelters, long nights in the street, and the looming threat of death from hypothermia. With less than a week to develop an effective prototype, an interdisciplinary student team from the school’s created “Satellite Shelter,” an insulated sleeping bag that transforms into a tent for staying warm.

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“Satellite Shelter,” as the project was dubbed, took second place at the “Impact-a-Thon,” part of the annual Innovation Palooza held by the College of Engineering. Composed of Mylar polyester, an inexpensive reflective material used in space blankets, each sleeping tent includes waterproof ventilation and wool blankets for comfort. It also has wheels and shoulder straps, making it easy to transfer from place to place.

“We wanted to make sure it was super-portable and durable, so that it’s easy to carry,” explains Linh Thi Do, a Tepper School of Business student who worked on the project with Alex Surasky-Ysasi and Rajlakshmee, both from the Integrated Innovation Institute, and Priya Ganadas from the School of Architecture.

“You need the diversity of perspectives,” says Surasky-Ysasi of the multifaceted approach. “Linh Thi reminded us, ‘Don’t forget about cost!’ and I would ask, ‘Mechanically, does this work?’ and Raj would say, ‘But the fabric!'”

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Coming in first place was “Green Residence,” an advertising billboard that converts into a heated tent at night, drawing its power from nearby lampposts.

“These two winning entries underscore the inherent value of cross-training—engineering, design and business—accelerating the speed and pace of innovation,” says Jonathan Cagan, co-founder and director of the recently established Integrated Innovation Institute, in a statement. “Both are viable, affordable solutions to the intractable problem of keeping homeless people warm in the lowest winter temperatures.”

The Institute is now exploring ways to implement the ideas in cities across the country.

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[Via Huffington Post]

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10 Responses to “Insulated Sleeping Bag Expands Into a Mobile Shelter for the Homeless”

  1. mediator says:

    If this could be put into production quickly, it would be great to send some to Gaza, where people whose homes have been destroyed are freezing to death. I don’t know whether the occupying Israeli forces would allow them through but it would be worth a try. Perhaps through an international organization such as Oxfam would work.

  2. lindasalcfas says:

    I represent Be the Change Nj, Jean University. We feed the homeless in Penn Station, Newark, Nj and other tent cities in NJ. U am the Community Outreach chairman. What a fabulous tent, and students. How could we bring a tent hete for display and it give to a homeless person. We would be willing to come to the students and your company. This us such a great idea. We would like to help in any way to bring this forward. We are under the direction of Dr. Norma Bowe, Professor at Kean University and Leader if Be The Change. Thank you for tour time and bringing these students for recognition. Sincerely Linda M Salcfas. 609-206-1577

  3. lindasalcfas (@@lindasalcfas) says:

    Please change my typographical error of Jean university to Kean University…Thank You…Linda Salcfas

  4. indubitably says:

    Get businesses to sponsor each unit, paying for it, allowing them to affix their logo or other message to the side. “This shelter is sponsored by Coca-Cola”, Wal-Mart, Dunkin Donuts, etc. I assume that when used, it will be publicly visible, gaining recognition and “good press” for the sponsoring business.

  5. winno11 says:

    Hi what is the cost of one of these shelters.

  6. Debra estepp says:

    Can u buy one

  7. tracy britton says:

    What is the price of one of these? This looks to be perfect for our bug out bags? What is the weight and space capacity?

  8. cynthiax says:

    I would happily and enthusiastically create a fund raiser in Chicago to distribute them locally!
    Our winters can be horrific and seeing all the homeless without shelter because our messed up government keeps cutting funds for those who need it most breaks my heart.

  9. free soul says:

    is it for sale?

  10. Marklori1 says:

    I would love to purchase 3 of these, would you please send me the web site or the 1-800 number to order as soon as possible, these are amazing, please and thank you, God bless

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