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Cute Pillow Helps People Deal With Sleep Apnea

Posted on December 2, 2011
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Appearance can indeed be misleading. This pillow is shaped like a teddy bear that looks kawaii in Japanese standards, but it is not an ordinary pillow. It is actually a robot pillow.

Why need a robot pillow? If you suffer from sleep apnea, you probably need one. This pillow, dubbed Jukusui-kun, is a product of a research done at Waseda University in Tokyo, which monitors the sleep of patients. When it detects irregularities in the sleep cycle, the pillow touches the face or neck of patients in hope that they shift their sleeping position.

The disorder is characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. If not monitored properly, sleep apnea can be fatal. About 2 million people in Japan are estimated to suffer from sleep apnea.

The pillow is able to monitor one’s sleep pattern through a pulse oxymeter which, when worn on the finger, measures the concentration of oxygen in the blood. Also, the pillow is internally equipped with a microphone that picks up breathing patterns. The data from these two devices are then sent to a PC for evaluation, which sends back signals for the pillow to move into a position that would aid the person’s condition.

Source: Dig Info, via TechCrunch

 
 

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