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MAP System continuously monitors patients for bedsores

For long-term hospital patients or people who are otherwise bedridden, bedsores can be a major problem. Technically known as decubitus ulcers, they form when one area of the skin is subjected to too much prolonged pressure. In order to keep them from occurring, hospital staff regularly turn patients over in their beds. The MAP System is designed to aid those caregivers, by providing them with real-time imagery of the pressure points on the patient’s body. Read More

Outdoors

Blow me down: Windcatcher inflation system amplifies lung power

If you go camping down in the wild woods, the chances of happening upon a conveniently-placed power outlet for blowing up your mattress with an electric air pump are pretty remote. Unless you have a hand or foot pump in your backpack, you'll have to wrap your lips around a tiny valve that likely has a history of being dragged through all sorts of unmentionable nastiness, and then spend the next long while taking deep breaths and blowing. Ryan Frayne's Windcatcher system inflates in just a few seconds with a valve that never touches your mouth. Read More

Story adds a workstation to the sofa bed

Our shrinking urban living spaces have spawned lots of architectural attempts at creating new housing that is small but perfectly formed, but what about those who already own or rent an apartment or flat? They have to rely on inventiveness to create more space from nothing. The "Story" tackles this idea with a new addition to an old favorite – it's a sofa bed and workstation combined. Read More

Around The Home

UrbanDesk offers a solution to cramped student accommodation woes

Many students will have faced the problem of trying to squeeze a good sized work desk and a comfy bed into the same small room. Some may have gone down the bunk bed with desk area beneath route but while such things are certainly practical, they're not exactly well suited to the needs of the maturing scholar. The UrbanDesk from Graham Phakos is a full-size bed by night but when it's time to start work, the frame can be lifted up against a wall to reveal a spacious desk beneath. Initially created for his own use, such has been the interest from friends and colleagues that he has decided to aim for a limited production run.Read More

Mobile Technology

Manatee stand allows you to use your iPad comfortably in bed

For anyone who has ever had to hold an iPad in the air while using it in bed, you know how uncomfortable it can be on the arms. The device is not exactly the lightest thing in the world, and a comfortable way to use it in bed is something that's sorely missing. Even if you aren't holding it, finding a place to rest it while in bed is also not easy. The Manatee iPad stand is designed to be the solution to the problem. Read More

Earthquake-resistant bed can withstand 65 tons of falling debris

Following the lead of the Earthquake-proof school desk, Wood Luck is an earthquake resistant bed that can withstand up to 65 short tons (59 metric tonnes) of falling debris. Designed by Shinko Industries, the bed has been built to give users some “good luck” protection during an earthquake. And with the ability to withstand 65 tons of tumbling detritus, it may just become a lifesaving piece of furniture during an emergency situation. Read More

Architecture

Tiny Feng Shui mobile cube designed for Zen living

San Francisco architectural firm SpaceFlavor has given tiny living a Feng Shui makeover with its prefabricated mobile cube. The eight-foot (2.4-meter) cube was commissioned for Feng Shui expert Liu Ming, and includes an office, bed, storage and meditation space. Drawing from the Chinese principles of Yin (private and closed) and Yang (public and open), the mobile dwelling was designed to modestly accommodate Ming’s personal activities such as study, meditation and sleep.Read More

Bed Fan helps keep you cool beneath the sheets

A lot of people will run their air conditioner or a room fan if they don’t want to get too hot in bed, but also don’t wish to sleep with no covers at all. If the overheating problem is due to body heat trapped under the covers, however, why not just run a fan in the bed? That’s the idea behind the Bed Fan.Read More

OHEA Smart Bed makes itself

Unless you’re an obsessive “morning” person, making the bed first thing after waking ranks right up there with banging your knee on the night stand. Understanding that most people would just like to turn around and see the bed magically made, Spanish furniture company OHEA is offering a self-making “smart bed” that tidies the sheet and pillows the moment you stand up. Read More

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