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Can’t stop snoring?

Marc Sanchez Nov 17, 2011

Japanese researchers from Waseda University have come up with a robot that will help you, and anyone who happens to be sleeping near you, get some sound sleep. If you’re the snoring type, the answers to your problem is here, and it’s in the form of a giant, stuffed bear robot called Jukusui-kun. Rest your head on its fluffy belly, and when Jukusui-kun hears you snore, it lifts its paw to turn your head, thus freeing your air passageways of log sawing log jams. Ah, sweet bear sleep. Just in time for winter hibernation.

Really, most problems can be solved with a bear. One way or another.


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