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The Flyer, high-rise Escape Garment earns national recognition
Dec '10
Is it possible to leap from a tall building and survive? Three University of Wisconsin-Stout students think so, and their success in a recent national contest is proof that their idea has merit.

The Flyer High-rise Escape Garment took third place in the national Safety and Technical Products Student Design Challenge. The designers are Kurt Anderson, of Menomonie; Jessica Bjorgum, of White Bear Lake; and Brooke Burch, of Rochester, Minn.

Their product, which has not been tested because it's still in the prototype stage, has wing-like fabric attachments between the wearer's arms and sides. It comes with a parachute, goggles and a first-aid kit. A pull-cord would deploy the parachute.

The garment was designed in the Functional Clothing Design class. The students are apparel design and development majors. The Flyer is made of fire-resistant material and is adjustable to fit varying sizes.

The target market for the product would be owners, tenants and employees of high-rise buildings.

“I believe The Flyer was an award winner because of the timeliness of the design. Assisting individuals with escaping catastrophes is always at the forefront of people's minds,” said Gindy Neidermyer, the students' professor.

The contest was conducted by the Industrial Fabrics Association International.

Students in the apparel, design and development program at UW-Stout can choose from three concentrations apparel design, apparel development or apparel product management.

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