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Lightweight cot doubles as backpack


July 26, 2006

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July 27, 2006 Birmingham Design has developed an innovative cot that weighs less than 10 lbs and doubles as a normal backpack with 5000 cubic inches of storage - enough for a 10 day trip. The cot portion is 74”x21”x17” (1.9m x 53 cm x 43cm) and 16cm above ground at its highest point and 10cm at the lowest - just enough to suspend a person in some degree of comfort. Being easily carried and filled with anything else you might need, Fotias pack ‘n sleep is highly adaptable for a multitude of purposes and can be used as a back pack, day traveler, as part of the gear for a car or as a spare bed when unexpected guests decide to stay the night. As it sets up inside three minutes, it has great potential for backpackers wishing to wait comfortably in airports, bus stations, indeed, anywhere, but its most likely use though, is for someone who wishes to camp or backpack without sacrificing their sleeping comfort.

Fotias pack ‘n sleep incorporates light weight high tech materials through the use of Catia V5 software as a platform for the frame design. The fabric is 600Denier Ballistic Nylon with high quality moulded fasteners. Available for wholesale distribution with retail price points at US$169.95 the unit will be available in Q4, 2006.

Birmingham Design is seeking international distributors and the contact is Vance Hanna.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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