Bean bag

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For other uses, see Bean bag (disambiguation).
Bean bags like these are commonly used as juggling props.
Bean bag chairs
People playing footbag

A bean bag (also beanbag) is a sealed bag containing dried beans, PVC pellets, expanded polystyrene, or expanded polypropylene with various applications.

Furniture[edit]

Designed by an Italian company named Zanotta in 1969,[1] beanbags have become a globally recognised piece of furniture. The original beanbag chair was called "il sacco" which was a pear-shaped leather bag filled with styrofoam beans and is still in production today.

Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini and Franco Teodoro are credited with being the original designers at Zanotta; it's said that they noticed the staff would sit on bags filled with styrofoam during their coffee and cigarette breaks.

Games[edit]

  • Bean bag toss (sometimes called cornhole in the Ohio Valley and the Southern States of the United States), is a game similar to horseshoes and quoits, played with bean bags and two goals.
  • Footbag (also known as Hacky Sack, a trademark) is a type of ball-shaped bean bag that is used to play various games.
  • Bean bags are also commonly used for juggling.
  • In gridiron football beanbags are used to mark the point of a change of possession (where a punt or kickoff is caught, an interception is made, or a fumble occurs)
  • Bean bags are often used for a game similar to dodgeball where small square bean bags are slid across the floor with the object to hit the opposing team's players in the foot. The game is particularly popular in American elementary schools as a safer alternative to dodgeball.

Innovative uses[edit]

  • Bean bags are used as bean bag round ammunition for non lethal impact weapons.
  • Clutching technology for robots makes use of bean bags.[2]
  • Smaller bean bags can be used to stabilize a photograph or video camera when a tripod is not available.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ultimate Sack. "Beanbags". Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Knight, Helen (25 October 2010). "Robots could ditch fingers for beanbags". New Scientist 2784. 
  3. ^ "What are alternatives to a tripod when I can't take one along?". Photography. StackExchange. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Beanbags at Wikimedia Commons