Paysleep: An idea whose time has come

© Steven M. Johnson

Cartoonist and visionary Steven M. Johnson of Patent Depending may have drawn this about thirty years ago, but the idea is in fact coming into its own in North America and Europe, after a long gestation in Japan, where they have been doing capsule hotels and sleeping pods for years. But the real innovation here is the Continusheet™.

This was actually proposed for the Sleepbox, where designers Arch Group wrote:

The main functional element in it is a bed 2×0.6 m, which is equipped with automatic system of change of bed linen. Bed is soft, flexible strip of foamed polymer with the surface of the pulp tissue. Tape is rewound from one shaft to another, changing the bed. If a client wants to sleep in maximum comfort, he can take the normal set of bed linen for an extra fee.

Sort of like those paper sheets that doctors have on their examination tables. When the sleepbox went into production, they gave up and used regular sheets. More in TreeHugger: Rent a Tiny Sleepbox At Moscow Airport. For Sleeping. - Like the Paysleep, they also had rules about single occupancy. They have also built an entire hotel out of them: Go To Sleep in a Sleepbox

Pod exteriorsPodtime Exteriors/Promo image

For the 2012 Olympics in London, these sleeping pods provided a place to stay.

We see the sleeping pods as a good cheap solution for those ‘staff-critical’ companies which must have 24/7 cover for vital procedures.

They don't mention whether they have rules about single occupancy. More: Pod People Taking Over London For Olympics

9h capsule hotel© eoffice

But the real masters of the pod are the Japanese, who have turned it into a science. "The design philosophy is one that could be more widely applied: break functions into discrete elements and make them as nice as possible, with an elegant bathing area, the sleeping capsule and a restorative breakfast, totalling nine hours." More: Capsule Hotels Get A Modern Makeover

churchill's flying bedScanzen/Public Domain

Then again, Winston Churchill had Steven Johnson beat by forty years, with his flying steampunk bed, built because planes weren't pressurized and his doctors were worried that the air was too thin for the not very fit prime minister. (He lived for another 20 years). I thought would be perfect for a New York apartment, soundproofed and fed filtered oxygenated conditioned air. after all, why heat or cool your whole house when all you really need is your pod? There is a real market for this.

Churchill's version was "complete with ash trays, telephone and an air circulation system good enough to prevent smoke from the ubiquitous cigar from fogging the atmosphere". More: Winston Churchill's Flying Bed Might Make Sense Today

I think that this is the one time that the reality is more fun than Steven M. Johnson's imagination. I want that flying bed.

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