Feeds

Robo-bear helps snorers snooze more smoothly

Tickle for a quiet night

Intelligent flash storage arrays

If you're sick of applying Sinex before sleep, fearful that snores will prompt your spouse to groan, prod and eventually stick an old sock in your mouth, then perhaps this robotic polar bear is the way forward.

Jukusui-kun

Jukusui-kun is a tool to help those with sleep apnea syndrome kip better. It comes in the guise of a cuddly bear, which monitors slumber patterns and if need be, gently tickles a user's face so they roll onto their side and remain in a state of deep sleep, Japan Trends reports.

To put this perceptive pillow to use, punters nod off with a cuddly pulse meter attached to their hand. This, along with sensors under the sheet and a built-in microphone, detects when the earthquake sounds commence, prompting the bear to reach over and stroke the user's cheek. Ta da!

Developed by Wasaeda University's Kabe Lab, Jukusui-kun was on show at the International Robot Show in Tokyo this weekend. Check it out in action below:

If Jukusui-kun makes it to the commercial market, it's probably an inappropriate present for a snoring student at Eton, but for other noisy nappers it could be just what the doctor ordered. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.