There is a new robot from Japan that promises to bring a gentle solution for snoring, and possibly for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Its name: Jukusui-kun, translated as “Deep sleep”. Researchers at Wasaeda University (Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan) have developed this robotic pillow and the prototype was demonstrated at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. Akiyoshi Kabe and his team developed the pillow robot to help people with obstructive sleep apnea. The uber-cute pillow has the looks of a polar bear and when your snoring gets too loud, it will gently tickle your face.
Because the pillow has built-in microphones, it can measure your snoring volume. Besides that, the fingers of the person sleeping on the pillow will be connected to a saturation meter. Using the snoring volume and the saturation level as input, the pillow bear will correct your sleeping behavior by tickling your face. The aim is, of course, to get the person to move the position of the head as is demonstrated in the video below:
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