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Have you ever seen those car window sunshades which compress into a small circle , and then pop up again? I saw a fishing shelter based on the same principle, and thought, how about a tent? It would be a little wide, but very quick to set up in rain, or any conditions. All you'd need would be pegs
and a fly (Which could be an intergral part of the system).
They beat ya to it. [squeak, Jun 01 2006]
||One caveat is that you really should make sure a tent is secured to the ground before you "expand" it; there's nothing like having a tent try to blow away to make your day interesting...
||There are popup tents like that already. Pull them out of the bag and give them a shake, and fwapoof, a tent.
||Old Downeast humor: This old fella walks into L.L.Bean
and looks at the tents. The salesman walks over to him
and says "What you need is our brand-new pop-up tent --
it fits in your hip pocket, and when you want to set it up
you just toss it in a bucket of water."
"That's amazing," says the old fella, "but how do you pack
it away again?"
"Oh, you just leave it in the sun for an hour." says the
The old fella replies, "Yes, and if you oversleep you'll end
up right back inside your own hip pocket!"
||I have one made by Dunlop. Pretty nifty, but folding it back up is a bit complicated.
||Apparently already patented in the US, at least inflatable tents are.