Snorers probably have unpleasant memories of a spouse whacking them awake or a roommate throwing a pillow across the room at them in frustration. Well, researchers at Tokyo's Waseda University have felt your pain and created a less rude way to wake you up while hopefully letting whomever may be close by get some shut eye.
This fuzzy polar bear will gently tickle your cheek when your throat starts to rattle. The Telegraph has more:
The robotic bear involves users inserting their hand into a device which measures blood oxygen levels while sleeping beneath a sheet with in-built sensors and a microphone to detect loud noises.
During moments of breathing difficulty associated with snoring, blood oxygen levels drop – and the polar bear robot activates its paw which tickles the user's forehead.
The movement apparently compels noisy sleepers to turn over and stop snoring without waking, according to media reports.
Watch it work here:
Jukusui-kun, the name of the robot anti-snoring bear based on the Japanese word for deep sleep, is still in concept and not for commercial sale yet.
[H/T Popular Science]