Perhaps the most widely recognized NASA spinoff, memory foam was invented by NASA-funded researchers looking for ways to keep test pilots cushioned during flights. First designed in the mid-1960s for NASA airplane seats, memory foam is made from a substance called Viscoelastic. It is both highly energy absorbent and soft. After potential applications for the medical and consumer fields were realized, viscoelastic, foam was sold to a public company which would eventually introduce memory foam mattresses in the 1990s. This marked a major breakthrough in an industry that had seen little advancement in nearly a century.
Memory foam was subsequently used in medical settings. For example, it was commonly used in cases where the patient was required to lie immobile in their bed on a firm mattress for an unhealthy period of time.
Since then, lots of improvements were made, that memory foam better and better.
For long comfortable rides, memory foam is the answer. Do you know why? Because it is perfectly adapted to your body shape and natural movements and you can spend hours without any discomfort at all. Practically, you won’t remember what the painful rides mean!
But how is this happening?
The memory foam actively molds to your body in response to heat and pressure, allowing the surface to evenly distribute body weight when occupied and return to its original shape once pressure is removed.
Essentially, when a person lays in position for a long time, the pressure of downward pulling gravity and upward resistance in other materials can affect circulation and damage soft tissues caught in the middle. The pressure-relieving benefits of memory foam were used to help prevent pressure sores and minimize pain in sensitive areas. This is still one of the core benefits of memory foam. When you sit down on memory foam, the material yields and adjusts to your shape, rather than forcing you to contour to it. Unlike other materials, memory foam does not “push back” or place added upward pressure on the biker. Pressure point relief is one of the leading benefits of memory foam is its ability to prevent pressure points. Other materials resist weight and push upwards against you, while gravity also pulls you down. This results in painful pressure points at the heaviest points of contact like hips. Open-celled memory foam does not resist weight, rather it compresses, conforming to the user and distributing weight across the surface of the saddle. Compared to traditional foam, memory foam can reduce pressure by up to 50% or more.