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Video: How to stop snoring... with the help of a robotic bear

The robo-teddy will paw your face when it hears you snoring – and give your partner some much-needed peace.

Image: CScoutJapan via YouTube

ARE YOU TORMENTED by somebody’s snoring? Your peaceful nights shattered by a sound like an 18-wheeler crunching its gears? Well, the answer to your prayers could now be here – in the form of a robotic bear.

The innocuous-looking Jukusui-kun bear is designed to double as a pillow. However, it comes with under-sheet sensors, a built-in microphone and and a pulse meter attached to the sleeper’s hand (also shaped like a teddy bear), Ubergizmo reports.

When the snorer emits a particularly loud rasp, one of the bear’s paws gently reaches up and tickles the side of their face. The idea of the device, developed by scientists at Wasaeda University in Japan, is to encourage the sleeping person to turn over without waking them.

Check out the robo-bear in action here, as demonstrated at the 2011 International Robot Exhibition. And if you’re not troubled by the idea of a robotic limb reaching out to paw your face in the dead of night, then good luck to you.

Video: CScoutJapan

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