Hello, I am David, the founder of PlayCloud.
This project started a little over a year ago when my wife and I were expecting our second child, a baby girl. While preparing for the arrival of our baby, I was in the basement looking for the crib we had used for our first child, and came across the hard, bulky, plastic play area we had used for him. At the same time, I noticed the inflatable pool in the garage. Then it struck me, there must be some way to combine the softness and space saving features of an inflatable pool, with the look and feel of a cozy piece of furniture. This led me to start the development of what is now called the PlayCloud.
My wife loves home decorating, so I put her in charge of the fabric and design. We both wanted the PlayCloud to be esthetically pleasing where it would blend in well in the living room, without being an eye sore.The hexagonal shape and overall quality and design of the PlayCloud, makes it blend in with any type of furniture. The fabric itself is a very rich looking blend of organic cotton and linen which gives it an earthy yet exclusive look.
Once we had a working prototype we showed it to our friends and family who all really liked it. Their input has been used to improve the design and functionality even further.
My team and I have spent a lot of time and effort learning about the best and safest materials for inflatable products, and we have become well versed on different kinds of plastics. I do not want anything harmful for my children, like toxic PVC/vinyl for example, which is the most commonly used material for inflatable products today. Therefore, we were excited to discover a plastic called TPU, which fulfills all our requirements, although is quite expensive. TPU is widely used in the medical industry for oxygen masks, catheters, etc., and is bio-degradable, odorless, and non-toxic to humans. It is also very durable and tough.
At this time, we have made a limited number of samples of the PlayCloud, in order to thoroughly test it. It has been fun to see both children and parents alike, really appreciate the product and love playing in it.
I hope you are as excited about the product as we are!!