Anyone who has ever tried to sleep through the night next to a snorer knows how challenging it can be. It goes like this: Snooze. Snore! Nudge. "Hey, turn over." Snooze. And repeat. If that sounds familiar, maybe you're ready for a $150 pillow that handles the nudging duties for you.
The snore-activated nudging pillow comes (naturally) from weird-gadget purveyor Hammacher Schlemmer. It contains a microphone and air bladder. When the pillow detects sonic vibrations from snoring, it inflates an extra three inches, enough to encourage the noisemaker to shift positions.… Read more
Pillow forts are childhood classics. You may be all grown up now, but I'll bet you still look longingly at your couch sometimes and imagine dismantling it, draping some blankets, and crawling into your hideout with a flashlight and some comic books.
The Squishy Forts Kickstarter project wants to become the Lego of the pillow fort world. The fort sets come in chunks of square and column building pillows with built-in rare-earth magnets to help the structures stay together. When you're done with them, they pile together into a square, covered ottoman. Nobody needs to know you're still building pillow forts despite growing up.… Read more
With the original Ostrich Pillow, design, fashion, and functionality collided in a tangled mess we couldn't take our eyes off. Truly, the head-engulfing travel sleep pillow caused a rift in the universe. Some people thought it was brilliant. Some people thought it looked like your head was being sucked into the body of a voracious octopus.
Nonetheless, the Ostrich Pillow was a raging Kickstarter success. Now, its little cousin, the Ostrich Pillow Light, is raising funds to go into production. It has the same gray looks as the original, but scales down the overall effect into something more akin to a small stack of tires.… Read more
Cosplay has never been so comfy as with the plush Mega Man helmet and arm cannon set. It's a costume and a pillow. Velcro the helmet to your head and lay down with your noggin on the soft Mega Buster. If you're lucky, you'll dream in a side-scroll.
We've seen plenty of pillows that will earn you stares if you use them out in public (I'm looking at you, Ostrich Pillow). This definitely falls into that category, but you get the added cache of retro gaming awesomeness. Some people will look at you, wondering what planet you came from. Others will want to give you a high five to your cannon arm and inquire about your high score.… Read more
Apparently, people-shaped pillows for lonely folks have been around for a while, but I just found out about this particular variation. I could really use a hug right now, so here goes.
Some women dream of the perfect man. He listens without interrupting. He wraps his arms around your shoulder while you sob at Tasha Yar's demise during a "Star Trek" rerun. Does such a man really exist? Sort of. Your dreamboat may be the $34.95 Boyfriend Pillow.
The pillow is half of a headless torso with one arm reaching out from the body. I know that sounds like a description from "The Walking Dead." It wears a blue shirt and won't judge you for watching chick flicks or "Prometheus."… Read more
You're waiting for your flight at the airport. A snuffling sound emanates from behind you. It's getting louder. You turn to look. An eldritch creature emerges from a gray pod! Oh wait, it's just a fellow traveler removing his Ostrich Pillow. No need to panic.
The Ostrich Pillow looks a bit like a giant garden squash gone soft. It has a hole for your face so you can breath and two side holes to stick your hands in.
The Kickstarter project page refers to it as "a micro environment in which to take a comfortable power nap in the office, traveling, or wherever you want." … Read more
Some people drift off to sleep on a bed of clouds. Customers of Etsy store Craftsquatch drift off to sleep on Google, Twitter, and Facebook pillows.
You won't need sheep anymore when you can count your Google+ friends while laying your geeky head on a $28 Google+ pillow handcrafted from fleece with a polyester filling. A matching Plus One pillow is available to complete the set.
If Facebook is more your thing, you can get a blue and white Facebook pillow for $24.99. Go ahead and poke it with your finger for a truly tactile social-media experience. … Read more
In the span of weeks, a friend of mine who shall remain nameless (but goes by the initials Elinor Mills) has become completely addicted to the photo-sharing app Instagram. The world has become one big Instagram photo opp for her as she points her iPhone at flowers, friends, train tracks, oil-slicked sidewalks, and anything else in her path--and still tries to get some shut-eye now and then.
Happily, I've come upon Stitchtagram, a service that makes custom handmade throw pillows from Instagram photos, and now feel confident that Elinor can stay close to her beloved app even while she rests up between Instagram shoots. … Read more