Robot polar bear pillow stops you from snoring

Posted on Nov 17 2011 - 3:22am by Julius

We all know that most of the weirdest things we see come from Japan, with all their creative (and funny) inventions with unusual purposes. Now, a new item that helps stop snoring has been developed by the Japanese.

A group of researchers from Waseda University has come up with a robotic polar bear pillow that flips over a user’s head in their sleep to stop them from snoring. When a person’s head is flipped, it opens up airways that cause the annoying sleeping sound.

The pillow, which is called Jukusui-kun, features a built-in microphone that detects loud snoring, which then uses the bear’s paw to turn the person’s head sideways. This motion can help those who suffer from sleep apnea syndrome by leading them to a position where then can no longer snore, which is usually when they rest sideways.

Sleep apnea refers to the difficulty in breathing while sleeping. It is not only dangerous for one’s health, but also for relationships.

“When the oxygen level decreases in the patient resulting in the snore level increasing it triggers the bear-pillow’s hand to move towards the sleepers face,” according to Japan Trends. “Gently brushing the face causes the person to then turn from lying on their back to moving onto their side, a more conducive position for a sound, snoreless nights sleep.”

The polar bear pillow was featured last week at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo.

 

via: Daily Mail

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