Memory Foam

Year: 1966

Originally developed to protect aircraft passengers in the case of a collision, memory foam has made its way into everything from mattresses to sneakers. The foam works by feeding gas into pressurized areas in order to match the press being pushed against it. It was first called "slow spring back foam", then "temper foam." The latter name was taken by a Swedish bedding company which created the Tempur-Pedic mattress.