“Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting,” said author Jules Verne whose adrenaline pumping, story-telling of high adventure read just before going to bed may not have helped the insomniac.
Not even Mr Verne with such a healthy imagination would have dreamed of the technology available today for the most used room in the house.
Of course, the majority of the time spent in the bedroom, you are blissfully unaware of your surroundings, but your surroundings and furnishes are vital for a healthy life.
A good night’s sleep is a baseline health requirement for everyone, and some of the following high tech items will help you sleep well and maybe help you rise every day with vigour.
Magnetic Floating Bed
Ground control to Major Tom … I’m stepping through the door, and I’m floating in a most peculiar way …
So goes the lyrics to David Bowie’s Space Oddity, and a fitting tribute to an apparatus that would look totally fitting in a Stanley Kubrick or Ridley Scott movie.
Using magnets that weigh around 680 kilograms to keep the bed floating above the ground, the bed remains close to the earth thanks to strong wires that connect the bed to your bedroom walls (assuming your walls are thick and strong).
To experience this floating sensation you will need a cool $1.6 million (plus installation).
Eight Mattress Cover
While your sleeping, the Eight Mattress Cover is busy, collecting lots of information. It can then use that information by plugging into mobile apps and various other technology to help you sleep and automate all sorts of handy tasks around the home.
The lament of the inventors of the Eight Mattress Cover was, “Everything else is getting smarter, except my mattress!”. And considering we spend almost around one-third of our lives sleeping, they raised a good point, and have responded with Eight.
The Eight Mattress Cover senses and analyses 15 factors from sleep patterns and bedroom environment to determine the conditions that help you rest at your best.
It can then adjust your bed’s temperature, and can integrate with other home automation systems to do things such as lock your doors at night, or turn on a coffee machine in the morning. Eight is machine washable and uses a low-voltage system to give you peace of mind that you won’t be woken with a shock.
Ramos Alarm Clock
Short of inventing a device that slaps icy cold water in your face at dawn’s first light, the dilemma of making it easier to get out of bed in the morning is a tough nut to crack. Many have tried, and maybe this is the best yet.
Normal alarm clocks, even when positioned across the far side of the bedroom, can be silenced and then ignored.
But then along comes Ramos, a cruel-but-kind master of awakening that makes sure your first movements after waking up will be putting your feet on the floor and getting active.
The secret to the Ramos Alarm Clock is it comes in two parts, one friendly, and one with cruel intentions.
The friendly part of Ramos sits next to your bed and looks like a funky, slightly retro alarm clock. The second part of Ramos, which includes a keypad is hard-wired somewhere across the other side of your home – further enough away to be annoying.
To turn off Ramos, you must first remember the unique four number pin flashing on the alarm clock, and then enter that number in the keypad.
And no … you can’t just unplug Ramos to turn it off. It comes with a battery which will kick in to keep the alarm going for days.
These handmade alarm clocks sell for between $US300 and $US2000.
Through blending of design and technology, the Lomme bed is an eye-catching piece of night-time furniture, with a hint of mystique.
The creators of Lomme (which stands for Light Over Matters Mind Evolution) researched the physical and psychological effects of sleep deprivation for two years before launching into the design, which is claimed to take sleep from a mere case of shut-eye, to a restful, regenerative, reinvigorating experience.
With the use of sophisticated light, colour and sound therapy, together with a “muscle-relaxing system” and a memory foam mattress, Lomme’s designers tell us that the bed takes one back to the womb-like seed of their being.
Within the shell of Lomme there is a special system which is said to block harmful electro-magnetic waves and radiation. A specially designed sleep button isolates all electricity away from the bed.
Sold from Liechtenstein, Lomme retails for around $US63,000.
Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector
There’s two golden rules when it comes to projecting a television image from a projector: Move back for a bigger picture, and turn off the lights.
With this amazing product, Sony has broken both rules. Combining amazing laser technology and a heap of daring ingenuity, the world renowned technology giant has developed a projector that makes it possible to watch projected movies or television in smaller rooms like bedrooms.
So, if you love watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster while laying back in a cosy bed, consider the Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector.
With the 4K it is possible to throw a 254 cm (100 inch) image onto a wall from just 40 cm away. Using a laser projection engine, the image is crisp enough to be viewed in ambient light.
Looking more like a sideboard than a projector, the unit includes a 40W speaker, and sells for around $50,000.
Just don’t watch a Jules Verne movie before attempting to go to sleep.