'Ostrich Pillow' Claims to Offer Cure For Jetlag

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A company claims to have found the ideal product to help travellers counter the ill effects of jet lag and long-haul flights. If it works it might be worth it - if you don’t mind being laughed at.

The Telegraph reports that the 'Ostrich Pillow' is a new portable device that its inventors say will "enable power naps anytime, anywhere," including in airport lounges and on planes.

Stuffed with synthetic material "for maximum performance and lightness," according to its inventors, the distinctive-looking pillow has a hole in which to put your head, and a mouth hole designed to allow its wearer to breath easily. It also has two side holes where you can store your hands – if napping at a table in a library, for example.

The concept was developed by Kawamura-Ganjavian, an architecture and design studio with offices in Madrid and Lausanne.

The Ostrich Pillow has been described on the technology web site CNET as looking like “a giant garden squash gone soft.” One commentator to a story on the pillow wrote: “Grab one of these and a sleeping bag and you've got all you need for a convincing caterpillar costume.” Another wrote: “Guess what? I'd rather have jetlag than look like a total tool!”

Looks aside, the Ostrich Pillow’s creators argue that it genuinely works, saying: “We have tried it in airports, trains, aeroplanes, libraries, at the office, on a sofa and even on the floor and it’s really wonderful.”

The Ostrich Pillow will go into production if its fundraising targets are met. The company is currently trying to raise USD 70,000 on Kickstarter, a funding website for creative business ideas. The tally of pledges so far is slightly more than USD 35,000.

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