OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign up, Login or Learn more

H.O.P.E - Smart Bag

Smart sleeping bag with a removable heating & vibrating multi-purpose mat, compatibly folded into a back-pack.

Photo of Impact Hub Harare
3 0

Written by

H.O.P.E – Smart Bag is a sleek, comfortable off-grid sleeping bag which can also double as a backpack for compatibility and for those packing light. This sleeping bag was designed with people in mind. Those ‘who have’ and those ‘who don’t have’, which classifies the bag as a multi-situational sleeping bag for use in disaster response situation, migration crisis and general camping activities, promising the comfort of a good night’s sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout a person’s life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. It is of great importance to note that many people are victims of inconsistent in rest and peaceful sleep basically because of less comfortable and durable resources hence they may suffer from sleep deficiency. Sleep deficiency, which includes sleep deprivation, affects people of all ages, races, and ethnicity. Ideally, the sleeping bag comes with a Smart mat that can be inserted and removed at owner’s choice. The Smart Mat is a multi-purpose product that is solar powered, an improved version of the currently available mats, ones similar to the yoga mats. The Smart Mat is a high production value super comfortable vibrating and heating mat that can be used for massages, heating in cold conditions, solar powered (solar tech is weaved into the fabric: allaboutcircuits.com). According to the prototype design The Solar Mat has a rubber edge, foam sheet, leather/textile properly sewn into our name SMART MAT. Whole-body vibration therapy has been shown to create positive effects in both the short term and long term, even in younger people. Vibration therapy may also relieve back pain because it can lead to endorphin release, easing pain and giving a sense of reprieve as a person and improve muscles. Heat therapy can help relieve pain from the muscle spasm and related tightness in the lower back.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Impact Hub Harare

Website (if applicable)

http://impacthubharare.net/

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

leather bottom layer of the bag synthetic leather for pipping footwear fiber "fluff" comfort mixed apparel textile for sleeping bag cover Eva foam sheets for comfort bedding and mat Rubber out-sole for edge protection Rubber granulates and flashings for mat thickening and water proof protection

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

*Immigrants and displaced families, *People with limited time available for sleep, such as caregivers or people working long hours or more than one job *With schedules that conflict with their internal body clocks, such as shift workers, first responders, teens who have early school schedules, or people who must travel for work *Lifestyle choices that prevent them from getting enough sleep, such as taking medicine to stay awake, abusing alcohol or drugs, or not leaving enough time for sleep

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

H.O.P.E will change the lives of people living on the streets without blankets, although it’s not much the comfort of sleep will be something to look forward to. We are also looking at the potential it has to change millions of lives in refugee camps and also in disaster relief programs these sleeping bags will ease the troubles people face in the aftermath of a disaster. The inclusion of the Smart Mat which is a high tech, user and environmentally friendly product that has a huge social impact, it will be made by community members selected by the team. It will have a huge impact when used in disaster relief times. It is a product that any person can use, it is a multi-purpose mat as compared to the currently found mats. This concept was developed with people in mind so the market is as wide as we allow it to be. The target groups are vast and the most important are the homeless, people, refugees in relief programs.

How is your idea innovative?

Innovative in vibration therapy and heat therapy from the smart mat, leather outside is for durability and strength for backpacking purposes. It is disaster relief centered however is a multi-situational product.

What inspired this idea?

Research on the internally displaced people since the political unrest in 2008. Inclusive of the people illegally removed at their places of residence by individuals who abuse their political power. Impact-fully this was really enforced by the children of these families.

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

The team is a mix of artists, entrepreneurs, recent high school graduates and business oriented individuals.

In what city are you located?

Harare

In what country are you located?

Zimbabwe

What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)

Private Company

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

acquiring of material, branding and even the broad platform for indirect advertisement that will give our project mileage.

3 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment
Photo of Lauren Ito
Team

Hi Impact Hub Harare ,

A reminder that the ideas phase of this Challenge closes in less than one hour, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please have your submission updated by this deadline with content to all proposal questions complete.

Excited to have you in the Challenge!

Photo of Lauren Ito
Team

Hi Impact Hub Harare ,

Great to have you joining the Challenge! I'm curious, can you upload sketches or mockups of your concept to support us in understanding the vision for your product?

Excited to learn more!

Photo of Impact Hub Harare
Team

Hi Lauren,
Thank you for acknowledging our contribution to the challenge. Apologies for the late response and upload of the idea, we were still working on it.

Ready for the challenge!