Pillow Robot Smacks You When You Snore

Posted on December 12, 2011

A pillow robot was created by scientists at Waseda University in Tokyo to help people suffering from sleep apnea. The body of the teddy bear shaped robot, named Jukusui-kun, acts as a pillow. The pillow robot picks up the sound of snoring with a microphone. The sleeping person also wears a pulse oxymeter on their finger. The robot's arm is activated if the wrong combination of blood oxygen level and snoring is detected during sleep. Once activated, the robot's arm reaches over and smacks the sleeping person. The pillow robot's arm can also apparently be adjusted to also mildly touch the sleeping individual on the head instead of hitting the snorer. Take a look:

More from Science Space & Robots