In Cardboard Box
By Rosa Golijan on January 21, 2011 on Gizmodo.com and also reported
by Brett James on Geek.com
This snowman survived a 8552km journey from Japan to the desert of Bahrain
without any refrigeration. The only things keeping him alive in his cardboard
box were some new vacuum insulation panels designed by Panasonic.
The project was derived from The SPARKS and "eco ideas", which is Panasonic’s
global community web site. The SPARKS team creates innovative ideas that can
help change people’s lives.
The folks at Panasonic had this clever new product sitting around and needed a way
to show it off (unique vacuum insulation panels in which the box used has no
They received a message on their Facebook page from a Bahraini girl named
Amna al-Haddad, who wanted her younger brother Saleh to seesnow for the first time -
"Snow never falls in Bahrain, so I would like to show my little brother his very first ’snow’."
So they did the logical thing: They made a mold out of reinforced styrofoam and shoveled
heaps of snow into it – about 70 quarts’ worth – packing it tightly to form a rotund snowman.
They put the mold in a cardboard box and covered it with Panasonic’s U-Vacua insulation,
which has a glass core enveloped by a plastic-metal composite foil.
Then they slapped a “Snowman Inside” sticker onto the 102kg box, and off it went.
You can see the great results in the video on Gizmodo, and it is also here on YouTube.