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Camping Cup- Stable on Any Terrain

This Camping Cup is designed such that it can stand on any outdoor terrain when it is full. When the cup is placed on any soft or uneven surface, ball bearings will roll across the base of the cup to provide a relatively flat and stable surface.


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The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shih Yi-Teng

Design: Wang Jiaxin

Camping is an outdoor recreational activity but ground surfaces are often uneven at camping sites, hence, there is a great need for a camping cup that can stand on any outdoor terrain. The design aims to provide a cup that is self-adjusting, enabling the cup to  stay vertical without having to adjust it constantly. 

The solution is provided by the distribution of mini ball bearings at the base of the Camping Cup. When the cup is placed on an uneven, non-flat or soft surface, the ball bearings will redistribute across the base of the cup to provide a relative flat and stable surface. Additionally, the Camping Cup is just made of two components that are easily manufactured.

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