Do you snore? Big deal. Do you live with someone who snores? Ok, now you have a problem. Fortunately, technology has recently been developed that will help you (and the snorer) sleep through the night. See this Reuters' article: "Scientist invents computer pillow to stop snoring."Just like the title suggests, Daryoush Bazargani, a professor of computer science at the University of Rostock, invented "a computerized pillow that shifts the head's sleeping position until the noise stops."
According to Daryoush, "The pillow is attached to a computer, which is the size of a book, rests on a bedside table, and analyzes snoring noises. The computer then reduces or enlarges air compartments within the pillow to facilitate nasal airflow to minimize snoring as the user shifts during sleep."
Images of someone's head raising and falling crazy-like on a computerized pillow come to mind. And what if Fido, your large, overweight dog who sleeps at the foot of your bed, snores? Or perhaps there are other sounds in your room late at night that the computer could confuse with the sound of snoring? Egads.
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.