A computerized pillow reduces snoring according to German scientist Daryoush Bazargani.
"The pillow is attached to a computer, which is the size of a book, rests on a bedside table, and analyzes snoring noises," said Bazargani.
"The computer then reduces or enlarges air compartments within the pillow to facilitate nasal airflow to minimize snoring as the user shifts during sleep," he said.
Snoring is a problem that most people are familiar with; the National Sleep Foundation estimates that as many as one in three Americans snores at least occasionally.
Dr. Bazargani is a snorer himself; several manufacturers are interested in bringing this prototype (see picture) to the marketplace. His pillow encourages you to change your sleep position so your throat is not constricted (one of the reasons why we snore).
The computerized pillow is yet another in a long series of devices intended to help you with your sleeping. Consider one of these futuristic options:
- Metronap Sleep Pod
The spherical shape of the Pod?s upper body provides you with a semi-private acoustical and visual environment.
- Sleep Room - Better Rest From A To Zzz
The weary are invited to a Vitality Diagnostic Corner, where a sleep counselor leads the visitor through a software program designed to create a sleep profile.
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation May Provide A Napcap
Do you have trouble getting a good night's sleep? University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on a gadget that can help you.
Via Gizmodo; see also Snoring Haunts Millions of Americans for more information on snoring.
(This Science Fiction in the News story used with permission of Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction
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