Charles Hall’s new waterbed is called Afloat.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Almost 50 years after being awarded a patent on his pioneering waterbed design, Charles Hall has been awarded a patent on his re-invented waterbed.
Hall developed a waterbed design in 1968 and was awarded a patent on that design three years later.
In 2018, he re-invented his waterbed, this time named Afloat. The U.S. government recently awarded him U.S. Patent No.10,799,033 for that design.
“After patenting the original waterbed nearly 50 years ago and having a great night’s sleep ever since, I decided to update and redesign the original using materials that weren’t previously available,” Hall said. “As a result, we created a better bed that is easy to get in and out of, completely waveless, and it has an even more compliant surface that contours to your body, eliminating pressure points that cause discomfort.”
Hall said the new waterbed looks like a conventional mattress but is very different inside. A temperature-controlled surface allows the sleeper to dial in his or her individual preference. It also features an energy-saving insulation system and a machine-washable cover.
“Fifty million people purchased the original waterbeds; now they can experience unsurpassed comfort in the updated Afloat waterbed,” said Hall, who has a second patent pending on Afloat.
The manufacturer, Hall Flotation, launched sales of the new waterbed in 2018, and since then demand has been strong, mostly from Baby Boomers and others who previously owned the original versions, Hall said.