Monday, June 26, 2006

Japanese Pillows

I've finally figured out why the Japanese are so good at innovation. They stick electronics into things where electronics aren't supposed to be.

This time around, the crazy Japanese have invented a pillow called "Sleep Doctor". The pillow has sensors to analyze sleep patterns and then provides advice and encouragement on a miniature screen.

I cry myself to sleep every night, so I personally don't need the pillow, but apparently, sleep deprivation is a huge issue in Japanese society. According to the article:
Japan has one of the highest rates of sleep deprivation in the world because of long working hours. A recent study said sleep deprivation and insomnia costs the Japanese economy 3.5 trillion yen (30.7 billion dollars) a year, mainly in lost productivity.
I'm not an economist, but I'm pretty sure the "lost productivity" actually stems from the fact that they're spending time inventing pillows with freaking sensors.

3 Comments:

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Where Productivity Goes to Die said...

I thought the Japanese excelled at innovation because they could make things really tiny. I'm waiting for the super-small pillow with sensors, that I can fit in an evening bag.

 
At 3:38 PM, Anonymous proudmary said...

now, seeeee? commenting on things other than boobies can be elevating! Exalting, even... well done, young grasshopper. (Oh wait. was that racially insensitive..?)

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Chanakin said...

Gentle advice and words of encouragement... how... Japanese.

The American version has R. Lee Ermey dishing out the motivation.

 

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