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tekochip
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Performance
tekochip   12/20/2013 10:57:15 AM
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That looks like a real slick redesign, the real question would be the performance.

Nancy Golden
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Cost
Nancy Golden   12/20/2013 12:03:53 PM
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I agree with tekochip - it does look like a slick design, but I would think cost would be a huge factor for marketability. It seems that the cost to manufacture this type of trampoline would be exponential...

GTOlover
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Safety?
GTOlover   12/20/2013 1:10:55 PM
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So this is all being designed with safety in mind. What happens if one of those fiberglass poles breaks? It seems that the ground is a lot farther away and falling off the edge might hurt a bit more!

Besides, if I am on a trampoline, it is expected that I am on a high risk device. However, I weigh the risk to the fun factor.

naperlou
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Visualize
naperlou   12/20/2013 1:29:33 PM
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Cabe, this is a great design.  I don't about the cost, but it fits the bill. 

One thing I did notice was that the picture did not really give me a good idea of how it was put together until I read the article.  It is interesting how you need both together since this is such a departure.

mrdon
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Re: Performance
mrdon   12/21/2013 3:07:33 PM
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tekochip

I agree. Curious about the cost of this trampoline in addition to the performance. Also, wondering when will this new product hit the marketplace for purchase.

Habib Tariq
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Re: Cost
Habib Tariq   12/22/2013 2:11:05 AM
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Yes cost does play a very key role in the overall delivery of the project, but it does not seem like a very expensive product(considering the parts used). Majority of the cost would have been in the researching part, but now that they have come out with a final design, I think producing it on large scale should not be very expensive.

Nancy Golden
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Design Question
Nancy Golden   12/22/2013 1:08:09 PM
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One thing about the design that puzzles me...if you are using a ball and socket then it is going to have a point where it has a "stop" to it - whereas a spring just continues to stretch and give more and more. This becomes especially evident with heavier weight. I wonder how this design would compare with springs in that regard?

TJ McDermott
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Re: Cost
TJ McDermott   12/22/2013 7:47:38 PM
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Ah, Nancy, what price do you put on safety? (and that's said tongue in cheek).

With more research, the complex ball-socket connections might give way to something simpler in order to bring the cost down.

I agree with you - the concept is brilliant but will be difficult to sell.

Battar
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Re: Design Question
Battar   12/23/2013 9:22:42 AM
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If you want all the gory details in poorly written English, look up US patent 8303469 - It's all there, with some drawings and explanations.

Tom-R
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Re: Cost
Tom-R   12/23/2013 9:38:49 AM
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Safety is the objective, but I don't see how this addresses falling off the trampoline. You still need a net around it, and this design doesn't have a frame to mount one to. Yes you can use one without a net, but the manufactured better have one available; if only for liability reasons. I can only imagine a separate framework for a net and wonder how it would be padded, and designed to prevent gaps between it and the new trampoline design. I understand the safety improvement of no exposed springs, but don't see how it addresses the other major safety concerns stated in the article. It could be less safe, overall.

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