Student-Invented "Rapid Packing Container" Video Goes Viral

POSTED ON: January 2, 2014

The Rapid Packing Container, a new design for the cardboard box invented by two current students at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, has seen a video promoting the invention go viral, with over three million views on YouTube, along with mentions on many other blogs and websites. Inventors Chris Curro and Henry Wang won the $5000 grand prize for their idea at last year's first-ever Invention Factory, a summer competition among current students to design and prototype a potentially-patentable invention over six weeks. The video was produced in an effort to find funding for further development and manufacture of the prototype. Posted to Reddit, where it has gotten over 2000 comments, the video was rapidly picked up and reposted on such sites as Digg, Core77 and even Adweek.

Videos of three additional Invention Factory projects are available online: 

Rapid Coat Retrieval System

Narrow Access Wrench

The BagHugger

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.