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Awesome Products: A stair slide that converts your staircase into a slippery dip

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There are awesome products and there are AWESOME products. This stair slide is definitely the latter.

According to Quirky, the online community that helps get inventor ideas off the ground and into production, the SlideRider can turn almost any staircase into a slide! Simply unfold the padded base to cover your stairs, assemble the safety bumpers, and away you go! SlideRider features a weighted top and grippy bottom to keep everything securely in place and a cushioned bottom pad for a soft landing. When you’re done, fold it up with the included storage strap, and tuck it away for the next rainy day.

Features:
– Built-in handles make it easy to carry
– Safety bumpers fold out and velcro securely into place
– Weighted top acts as an anchor to keep slide in place
– Anti-slip rubber grip
– Soft foam pad for a safe and cushioned landing
– Slide folds up into base and is held in place with a storage strap

Materials:
– Foam
– Rubber
– Vinyl

You know that an idea has truly captured the public’s imagination when it has gotten viral coverage from the likes of the Daily Mail, Boing Boing, Cnet, Gizmodo, Incredible Things, The Awesomer, and BuzzFeed. I think what is most appealing about this idea is that it directly targets people’s sense of childhood nostalgia. Even though the expected customer might be children, the reality is that the people handing over the money would be adults wishing they were children again.

Sadly, this amazing invention is not in production yet. The SlideRider is still at the prototype stage. You can follow along with the product development process here.

In all seriousness, my guess is that this stair slide would be fairly expensive to produce since it is such a bulky item, and like any product aimed at children such as trampolines and swing sets, there are quite some safety issues to be raised. Snap – back to reality in the world of product design. Regardless, I want this stair slide at my house!