we already know how padded interior can help keep portable gadgets in the bag safe, but Royal College of Art graduate Peng You and ECAL graduate Hongchao Wang, collectively known as Benwu Studio, thinks the current system can be cumbersome and also adds unnecessary weight to the bag. the duo came up with the solution, which they aptly name it as The Fugu Bag. like the marine fish Fugu aka Puffer Fish, Fugu Bag is inflatable at will, but through manual means. sandwiched inside the bag’s shell are inflatable sections made of thermoplastic polyurethane film, which is said to be strong and stretchable, and when these sections are inflated, they will offer the content within the cushioning effect from any external bumps and knocks.
these sections can be inflated and deflated as desired, thereby allowing you to customize the bag for the cushion zone as needed. in this way, you don’t always need a bulging bag when you don’t need to. similarly, if there are nothing of importance, you can simply deflate it and thus reducing the bag to a more compact that’s easier to tote around in crowded area like rush hour train rides. with air as the cushion instead of padded materials, you will have protection needed by your portable electronics, while not adding any weight to it. inflating the bag takes a mere minute and the inflation is good for up to five days before needing you to introduce more air into it if you still require the cushion, if not it can be easily deflated in just 10 seconds.
the bag is made of durable carbon fiber fabric with polyurethane coated on both sides, while the panels are welded together as opposed to being sewn, for extra strength and helps to keep out water. the Fugu Bag was showcased at the recent Show RCA 2014 and it appears that there is no plan as yet to bring it to life.