Yes, 2 years of R & D, has been presumably spent in order to get a friable, somewhat brittle and unruly material into a pliable and durable form. Still, I'm curious about the weight for the framework in order to accomplish this feat. The material itself weights next to nothing, however, thus far most of the products have been anticlimactic in this department. As a case in point, POE's current generation Aerogel-featured pad weighs more than twice what a similar sized Ridgerest would weigh and it only provides an increase in R-value from R-2.6 to "3.4-7.0". When it comes to closed cell-type insulation, I don't believe there to be significant advantage in increased R-values, as compared to the achievement of a thermal break against conductive heat loss. For the same 14 oz., I would much prefer to have a full-length closed cell pad. As mentioned above, incorporating it into an air mattress, such as the NeoAir would be rather interesting, as would somehow cramming the insulation into an 1/8" thick pad that weighs 2 oz., such as in Gossamer Gear's lightest offering.
The backpacking + mountaineering gear weight-reduction achievement of the aerogels-laced products is yet to be significant enough to earn it's place in my pack. The potential, however, does seem to be there and this achievement by Champion/Duofold's research team may be a step in a more favorable direction.