Camping might not seem like a high-tech endeavor, but BMW’s Designworks subsidiary has found a way to use futuristic materials for a pop-up camper.
CNET reported that in partnership with outdoor clothing company The North Face, the concept was designed to imagine “the future of protection from the elements,” BMW says. The camper was unveiled at this week’s CES 2019.(To view a video of highlights from the CES Show click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.come home page).
The camper uses a new type of fabric developed by The North Face called Futurelight. Though details are scant, the material uses what the company calls Nanospinning technology. Tiny holes allow for air ventilation throughout the material, yet it remains fully waterproof to keep occupants comfortable within the camper. The Futurelight fabric stretches over a geodesic-dome frame that was co-designed by BMW and The North Face.
The material recalls BMW’s use of a fabric outer skin on the, which could adjust its shape by moving the fabric surface. BMW says the Futurelight fabric allows “more venting than ever before” despite its impermeability. The camper concept was intended to show that the fabric could be used for things other than clothing, the automaker says.
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