Many people who live with a partner who snores are willing to try anything to end the torment – nasal strips, inhalers, and even pyjamas with tennis balls sewn into the back.
Naturally, the Japanese were not content with such low-tech solutions to the problem.
A research group from Waseda University has come up a robotic bear that flips over people’s heads in their sleep to open their airways.
The bear is used as a pillow, but has a built-in microphone.
As soon as Jukusui-kun detects a loud snore, his paw reaches up (gently, at least in the brief video demo on display), and pushes the sleeper’s head to one side.
The motion should push sufferers of sleep apnoea – the loud form of snoring that can be dangerous not only to relationships but to health – into a position where they no longer snore.
by The Punjapit Alliance