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Some things are meant to go together, like peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, and wine and cheese. A new Kickstarter for a combination of two relaxing venues hopes to add an item to that list: hot tubs and hammocks.
The Hydro Hammock, created by Benjamin Frederick, is currently about one-fifth of the way to its goal on Kickstarter. The idea is to turn the hammock into a heated envelope filled with 50 gallons of bubbling water. Toss a few humans into the boiling bag, and you’ll quickly test the structural integrity of whatever you’ve decided to tie it to.
The Hydro Hammock is made from a resilient, watertight synthetic fabric. Frederick suggests that it can hold over 700 pounds. A demo video shows it hanging outdoors during the winter, swinging from on a porch, and buried in the sand at the beach to create a personal water pit.
The video also shows up to three people in the waterlogged hammock at a time, and it gets weirdly sensual, too, with couples feeding each other chocolate-covered strawberries.
Frederick and his water-filled hammock are currently searching for $50,000 on Kickstarter. A $260 pledge gets you a hammock for one, while $390 gives you the double-capacity model. However, you’ll have to kick in $920 to get the additional water heater and pump to actually fill it with warm water. A $1,180 pledge gets you the whole shebang, which is a steep price for a novelty luxury item.
If you really want to go all out, you can pledge $5,000 to go spend a day with the Hydro Hammock team, with promise of “chocolate fondue and laughs.” Because if there’s one thing that goes perfectly with a hot-tub hammock, it’s chocolate fondue.
AJ Dellinger is a seasoned technology writer whose work has appeared in Digital Trends, International Business Times, and Newsweek. In 2018, he joined Gizmodo as the nights and weekend editor.