Jay Baldwin, Student of Buckminster Fuller, Designs Efficient Truck Bed Camper Jay Baldwin, Student of Buckminster Fuller, Designs Efficient Truck Bed Camper
We asked the inventor-illustrator Steven M. Johnson to find examples of products and ideas that move the world forward in creative ways.
<br/> We asked the inventor-illustrator <a href="http://www.patentdepending.com">Steven M. Johnson</a> to find examples of products and ideas that move the world forward in creative ways. Even as the nation moves away from reliance on heavy or inefficient fossil-fueled vehicles, many Americans still drive motorhomes, haul trailers, or drive pickup trucks with camper tops. This week, Johnson reports on Jay Baldwin’s <a href="http://www.quickupcamper.com">Quickup Camper</a>, which mounts on a flatbed pickup and transforms from an aerodynamic box to a large, insulated room with a kitchen, dinette, double bed, and ample storage. Fully loaded with the 800-pound Quickup Camper, Baldwin's Ford F150 achieves more than 20 mpg on the highway, with steady side-wind behavior and agile handling. Jay developed a passion for efficient design as a student of Bucky Fuller in the 1950s, was an early pioneer in the development of geodesic domes, and is one of a group of designer “outlaws” featured in a 1994 documentary film <em>Ecological Design; Inventing the Future</em>.<br/>
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