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Heated Outdoor Glow Chairs

Radiant seating made from readily available construction materials will provide warm seating and colorful, glowing lights around the city.

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Table-height radiant stools made from readily available construction materials will provide warm seating and colorful, glowing lights throughout the city streets.

Idea Title

Heated Outdoor Glow Chairs

Company / organization name (if applicable)

Private Individual

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Table-height radiant stools made from readily available construction materials will provide warm seating and colorful, glowing lights throughout the city streets.

Solution Overview

This seating solution uses readily available construction materials to create glowing, heated stools. The stools are constructed from insulated cardboard Sonotube's and are powered by a 12V battery paired with a trickle charger, both installed inside the stool. The Sonotube will be painted and capped with plastic lids. Sand at the bottom of each tube will provide a steady base. The stools will be heated by an electric seat warmer kit that will be installed between the top lid and cork seat cushion. A button will allow individuals to adjust the warmth level. The cork seats are naturally anti-microbial and water-resistant but an additional waterproof sealant will be applied. At the base of each stool waterproof LED strip lights will light up in a variety of colors. A semi-transparent acrylic cover will seal and wrap the sides of each stool. These stools will keep customers warm and will become colorful lanterns that will catch your eye and signal that a restaurant is open for business.

Feasibility

This concept utilizes readily available materials and could quickly be prototyped. I would create several concept stools with all of the materials described in the attached diagram and test/modify the materials/components as necessary. These stool would be movable, stackable, and small enough to easily store inside during non-business hours. Business owners would only need to charge the stools overnight to ensure they are ready for use the next day. The trickle charger automatically turns off when the battery is fully charged. Each stool would come with a battery/charger/heating element already installed as a kit and would be accessible by removing the seat cushion and top lid.

Technical Overview

I would create several concept stools with all of the materials described in the attached diagram. I would test the stools and modify the materials/components as necessary. The prototype stools would be a variety of sizes and heights and would be tested by people of different ages and backgrounds. Additionally, the prototypes would be tested for durability, water-resistance, and clean-ability.

Equity

Using a Sonotube as the building block for the stool's width and height, each stool can be made in a variety of sizes to accommodate people of all ages and backgrounds. The waterproof LED lights will allow the exterior shell to glow in a variety of colors. Furthermore custom graphics can be applied to the interior face of the acrylic wrap. Community involvement and feedback would be integral to the prototyping process.

Prototyping

See "Solution Overview" section.

User Research

See previous comments under "Equity" section.

Covid-19 Safety

The stool surfaces would all be wipeable/cleanable. The top of the stool, cork, is a naturally anti-microbial and water-resistant surface. An additional sealer would be applied to ensure the cork can weather the outdoors and constant cleaning applications. The Sonotube would be painted with an exterior-grade paint and then wrapped and sealed with a semi-translucent acrylic which is a wipeable surface.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I am an architect with Ross Barney Architects. I have been practicing for 5 years. If chosen, I would assemble a small team to help protoype and implement this concept.

Please describe your legal or organizational structure

Individual

In what city are you / your team located?

Chicago

In what country are you / your team located?

United States

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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Would customers still be cold? Will there be a way for many businesses to all of a sudden start AND finish making these, IN the least amount of time?

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Hi Us A - great question! Ideally the seats would be paired with another heat source such as heat lamps. They could even be paired with one of the enclosure designs others have submitted. Radiant heat is quite comfortable and having contact with a heated surface will definitely help during the winter. As for the timeline, the stools are made from readily available materials and have the potential to be produced quickly. Thanks for your comment.

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How safe is this?

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Hi Us A - thanks again for your question. The battery and charger would be safely stored within the chair on raised platforms/shelfs. The top and bottom of the stool would be made out of a lid that is designed to fit the ends of Sonotubes, so they would be water-tight. Additionally the bottom of the stool would be sealed to further prevent any water penetration. I believe the stools would be quite safe. Let me know if you have any other concerns!

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