Sharing a bed with– and subsequently waking up next to – someone you love can be a wonderful experience.
It can also, quite frankly, be hell. Snoring and snorting in the night, sleep talking, someone stealing the duvet, someone rolling on to your side… it’s not always a bed of roses, let me tell you.
Enter…the ‘lane-centring’ bed. Created by automotive company Ford, the ‘smart bed’ senses when someone’s rolled over on to the wrong side and gently shifts them back to where they belong. On their side.
“When sleeping together, many couples each have less space than a small child has in a single bed. Humans are most vulnerable when sleeping, so we’re programmed to wake when something or someone touches us unexpectedly,” said Dr Neil Stanley, a sleep expert who worked on the project.
“If someone moves onto your side of the bed this defence mechanism will kick in and you’ll have a broken night, often while they continue to sleep soundly. I’ve seen it ruin relationships.”
The project is part of Interventions, a wider series by the company exploring how technology can make our lives easier and better.
Another example is a noise-cancelling dog kennel, which they hope will stop dogs being stressed out by fireworks. The modern world is a wonderful place.