TreeHugger has changed its commenting system since I wrote about the Ostrich Pillow last year, so thankfully you can't read the horrible things that were said about it and about me for writing about it. However, a lot has changed in 18 months; new research has confirmed the importance of napping and companies are adapting to accept and even promote it. According to the New York Times, deep sleep...
whether in an eight-hour block or a 30-minute nap — primes our brains to function at a higher level, letting us come up with better ideas, find solutions to puzzles more quickly, identify patterns faster and recall information more accurately.
Companies like Google have read the research and now promote napping on the job. In some cultures you see people napping everywhere, any time; they are used to it and accept it. Others need a little help, which is where the Ostrich Pillow can come in to play. The designers at Spanish architecture firm Kawamura-Ganjavian describe it on Kickstarter, but I prefer what they wrote last year:
OSTRICH offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.
John Metcalfe at Atlantic Cities worries about using it in public spaces.
The big drawback I see from donning this bulbous hood is the diminished awareness of one's surroundings. A robber could snatch your wallet and be off the train while you're still struggling to extricate yourself from this head-womb.
Perhaps. But it would great in a noisy office or a tiny apartment. More at Kickstarter; see other solutions to the same problem in the related links to the left.