There isn’t any couple sharing a bed who does not understand this struggle. Either you are the person who rolls around on the bed all night disturbing your bedmate, or you are the one who is being bothered by the other who can’t seem to stay on their half of the bed.
Everyone could get a good night’s sleep with the Ford lane-keeping smart bed that would help the bed hog situation. The bed keeps moving all night long to keep returning the mover back to their own half of the bed.
Ford Lane-Keeping Bed
Ford uses skills learned in autonomous-car engineering to help couples enjoy their nights together much more with the lane-keeping smart bed to ensure “even the most selfish bedmate stays ‘in lane’ through the night.”
To create the lane-keeping bed, Ford sought the help of Dr. Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert, as well as the author of “How to Sleep Well.”
“When sleeping together, many couples each have less space than a small child has in a single bed,” Stanley explained. “Humans are most vulnerable when sleeping, so we’re programmed to wake when something or someone touches us unexpectedly. If someone moves onto your side of the bed, this defense 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 Ford bed rolls the moving sleeper back to their half of the bed, which means you won’t be woken up continuously throughout the night as they move around.
This more joyful sleeping environment uses pressure sensors to identify when a person moved off their half of the mattress. This activates an integrated conveyor belt that gently returns the bed hog back to their side of the bed.
It’s not too different from the “lane-keeping system” being incorporated into Ford’s cars. That system uses sensors that analyze road markings, and when it detects the vehicle moving away from its course, it gently guides it back into its own lane by “nudging” the steering wheel. This is in addition to other camera-based systems that work together to keep drivers in their own lane.
The Bed of the Future
Are you already dreaming of having better nights with the help of the Ford lane-keeping smart bed? If you’re not, you’re either sleeping alone or are an unknowing bed hog. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a little longer, though, as this bed hasn’t reached the marketplace yet and is still in the prototype stage.
Are you the sleepless person or the bed hog? Do you wish you had a bed like this in your home? Add your thoughts to the comments section below.
Image Credit: Ford Lane-Keeping Bed on YouTube
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