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Tethered porch balloon

For getting a glimpse of the city view with your guests
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[Please suggest (or move to) a better category (ammusement park:ride not fit for this one, maybe something under home (general)?]

This folding apparatus is good for the back yard or the building apartment that has a porch.

Connect it to electricity and it starts blowing hot air into the first set of six small clear plastic hot air balloons, once filled pulling the next set behind them. Each balloon has a small electric heater/blower so that the balloons are constantly hot.

The balloon cluster is connected to a large inflatable circle with 6 harnesses, so that your company or spouse and kids can join you on the ride. The circle is connected to two tethered ropes (one of them for safety)

Once you took some nice pictures, you can simply press the remote, which stops heating the balloons and you slowly drift down. Or if you need to run to the bathroom, you simply pull yourself down with the tethered ropes.

pashute, Aug 12 2011

This looks like it can fold http://www.youtube....watch?v=a9jVS2AqD2I
Of course for heated air it needs to be 15 times, but it is sent up in steps so its a few of these folding up one into the other. Would fit in a closet on the porch (and no motor of course) [pashute, Aug 14 2011]

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       category: Vehicle; Aircraft; Balloon?
xandram, Aug 12 2011
  

       Flood your enclosed porch or patio with nitrous oxide; that way, you and your friends will have the experience of floating high in the air without ever leaving the ground.   

       Or you could smoke a fat doob. That would work, too.   

       Or is that how you came up with the idea in the first place?
Alterother, Aug 12 2011
  

       [+]I'm guessing you saw the movie Up too. I'd love that, you could put the heater under the porch.   

       There are still the problems of the size of the balloons and the wind factor, how are you going to steer it down? or is it a mobile porch?
nickthird, Aug 13 2011
  

       * Of course I saw up. After years of doodling with cluster ballooning... * Its tethered. * Please see link for size. * Thanks alter other. (makes me think of the song "altogether now... all we are saying is give peace a chance")
pashute, Aug 14 2011
  

       No sweat, [pashute]. Always happy to make a valuable contribution.
Alterother, Aug 14 2011
  
      
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