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Luna smart mattress cover takes Internet of Things to bed

There's nothing like slipping into bed on a cold night when your electric blanket has been hard at work, but warming up the linen to create that toasty sleeping cocoon of course requires you to flick it on in advance. The makers of Luna believe that poor foresight isn't worth losing sleep over, so they've created an internet-connected mattress cover that adjusts to your lifestyle. This means automatically setting the bed's temperature, tracking the quality of your rest, and even kicking your coffee machine into action when you wake up. Read More

The puffer jacket that turns into a travel pillow

There have been many times when I've had to resort to resting my head against clothing or bags when traveling, with a sore neck the usual result. Problems like that could be a thing of the past with Tumi's Patrol Travel Puffer Jacket, which transforms into a pillow when you stuff it into a hidden pouch in the collar.Read More

Medical

Protein that wakes up the brain could provide target for Alzheimer's prevention

In recent years, research has linked sleep problems to Alzheimer’s disease. This relationship involves a neurotransmitter called orexin that awakens the brain from sleep and has shown to be heightened in moderate to severe sufferers of Alzheimer’s. New research conducted at Washington University in St Louis suggests that removing the orexin protein in mice enables them to sleep longer, which could serve to hinder development of the disease. Read More

Space

New study highlights the importance of understanding sleep deprivation in astronauts

The recently-released results of a study carried out by researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and the University of Colorado have revealed the extent of the sleep deprivation suffered by astronauts over the course of a long-term mission in Earth-orbit. This study and others like it are the result of an increasing effort undertaken by agencies around the world to study the physiological and psychological impacts of a permanent human presence in space. Read More

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Sense sleep tracker monitors your bedroom for signs of unrest

It is often said that the best design solutions are invisible, but let's be honest, most things are invisible to a sleeping set of eyes. Adapt this philosophy to the development of a sleep tracker and you'll hopefully have a device that can quietly work away in the background, keeping tabs on your down time and leaving you free of uncomfortable objects beneath the sheets. Sense is a monitoring system that transmits data to an elegant sphere on your bedside table, which also takes into account the bedroom's environment before providing feedback on your sleeping behavior. Read More

Automotive

HARKEN system monitors drivers' fatigue levels via their seat

It was just last week that we heard about how researchers from Nottingham Trent University are looking at embedding heart rate sensors in car seats, to detect when drivers are nodding off. Well, it turns out that they're not the only ones. A consortium of European companies and institutes is developing a similar system known as HARKEN, which uses seat-located sensors to monitor both the driver's heart rate and their rate of respiration. Read More

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