Gallery: Tiago Barros Designs a Passing Cloud that Lets You Float Throu...

Who hasn't dreamt of floating on a cloud? Whether we are looking up at the sky or gazing out of an airplane window, those giant beds of fluff are irresistible. New York designer Tiago Barros is on the same wavelength and created an incredible, cloud-like balloon that takes travelers for a floating ride around the country. While the project, called Passing Cloud, may be making all our dreams come true, it is also a treat for the environment as it may turn out to be one of the greenest forms of transportation yet.

Read the rest of this entry »



  1. superconcepts May 10, 2014 at 2:46 am
    Make it transparent and we'll talk!
  2. Terry Chamberlain February 11, 2014 at 11:07 pm
  3. Bruce Allen Williams December 3, 2013 at 7:57 am
    Lot of safety regulations and insurance liability in this concept. If hydrogen is the main component, well we do have potential for a Hindenburg type situation. Not good at all.
  4. Mark Redetzke August 6, 2013 at 11:29 am
    Some one mentioned hydrogen. No thanks - a fiery death on a burning marshmallow in the sky doesn't sound to appealing, or green, to me.
  5. Nilo Gima December 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm
  6. OC Heaton January 12, 2012 at 5:03 am
    What a great idea. Looks beautiful too. But a valid form of transport. I think not. Good for tourists perhaps but maybe not in gale torn UK at the moment.
  7. Don Piccard December 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm
    That is a beautiful concept. Jones and Piccard have cirumnavigated the globe with a single balloon. proposes a cluster of hydrogen balloons to actually leave the atmosphere to be the first to dwell in the mesosphere! All it needs is a titlle sponsor.
  8. grimmer October 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm
    What if you have to piss?
  9. greenspan October 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm
    Can I just live up there? Set up wireless and do all my work from an iPad I won from apples..
  10. Zeppflyer October 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    Huh? This isn't a serious proposal, is it? This is not a mode of transportation in any sense. It is, if it ever flew, no different than a normal balloon, except more dangerous and less controllable. So, I don't see any method of compensating for heat and pressure variations on this thing, nor is there any sort of ballast that I can make out. How is it controlled? Where is the pilot? Would you really want to be caught on top of something like this in a storm? I... Wow...
  11. SoCal Writer October 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    This is a wonderful idea but doesn't make sense for metro area a airspace. If ever launched, it's best suited as a tourist attraction in scenic rural areas. Even then, it would have to hav be cost competitive with hot air balloon rides.
  12. Awokologaede October 20, 2011 at 1:19 am
    I am interestedin the economics and viability of this worthy concept.