Six Amazing Bedroom Technology Innovations That Are Coming Soon
1. Sleep Sensor
The NeuroVigil is a small sensor worn on the head during sleep. It is in use for early diagnosis of disease and the assessment of overall health. The developer, Dr. Philip Low, says the device allows researchers to look for early signals of schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, depression and Alzheimer’s. The brain shows signs of problems, even if there are no obvious symptoms. The device has already been used to evaluate children with autism, study the effectiveness of drugs in testing, and assessing traumatic brain injury in soldiers. A newer version of the device is in the works. It will be quarter-sized and can transmit brain scans to tablet computers and Smartphones.
2. Alternative to Sleeping Pills
The Lighsleeper is billed as an alternative to sleeping pills like Ambien and Lunesta. A UK-based company created a little white orb that spends 30 minutes a night projecting soft light onto the ceiling over your bed. It moves in a soothing, controlled circular manner that relaxes you as you follow the light with your eyes.
3. The Self-Making Bed
The self-making bed, previously seen only in science fiction movies, is now a reality. Called Selfy the Easy Bed, the creation of Enrico Berruti in fact does make itself. The bed saves users time and effort by accomplishing mundane tasks and leaving more complicated matters to the humans.
4. The Magentic Floating Bed
The Magnetic Floating Bed is available now, but it is ridiculously expensive at over one million Euros. Sleeping on the bed reportedly feels like levitating on a cloud, and it will certainly impress your friends and sleeping partners. (via 7 Inventive Ways To Sleep)
5. Light Therapy for Sleeping
Still in the development stage, the BioBulb, invented by Florida resident Fred Maxik and Lighting Science Group Corp., removes a small bit of the light spectrum to help people’s bodies control the production of melatonin. Even people without sleep problems find it hard to rest after sitting under bright lights for several hours after dark. The LED BioBulb eliminates a segment of the blue light wavelength. Without that piece of the spectrum, though, the body is able to produce melatonin normally and go to sleep when the person is ready. The light still appears white, allowing people to see what they are doing at night. Maxik is also working to make the BioBulb dimmable.
6. Futher Advances in Sleeping Pills
Currently in the FDA testing phase, a drug called suvorexant, invented by researchers at Merck. It is said to create temporary narcolepsy as a way to manage insomnia. The pill works by turning off wakefulness rather than by inducing sleep like current sleeping pills. Researchers at Stanford University claim it also brings on better rest and more REM sleep. The FDA will likely review Suvorexant in the next year or two in preparation for distribution.
Some of these sound pretty darn cool, don't you think?. Tell us what innovations you hope for in the future of sleep!