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MetroNap PODS - power napping for productivity

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July 11, 2005

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July 12, 2005 MetroNaps is a new take on an old idea – providing purpose-built comfortable facilities for a daytime powernap in city locations. The concept of daytime naps was once a ritualistic part of all our lives as children and in many latin and equatorial countries, the siesta is still a part of the culture. Even NASA has investigated the benefits of controlled naps and found was that performance was improved 34 percent and alertness improved 54 percent.

Based on research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University the MetroNap Pod is designed to provide a recharge pod for meditation and power-napping so they can do more with their day, both professionally and personally.

MetroNaps opened its first location in the Empire State Building in New York in May 2004 and plans expansion through putting its pods into stores, corporations and by leasing the pods to interested parties.

Isn’t it ironic that a cultural artifact which has all but been banished in the never-ending drive for efficiency and productivity should resurface marketed as a tool to increase productivity and alertness.

A 20 minute nap in a Powerpod will set you back US$14 or you can buy a pod and instal it in your office for around US$8000

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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