Our gadget mas­ter im­parts yet more tech wis­dom. This month it’s all about sleep, skate­boards and ex­plain­ing bit­coin

AYou prob­a­bly don’t know this, but Guru once lived on a con­struc­tion site. Well, ‘lived’ is a bit strong. Per­haps ‘hid’ is a bet­ter de­scrip­tor. What­ever the se­man­tics, dur­ing that time your favourite gadget un­cle learned a thing or two about sleep­ing in loud and dan­ger­ous en­vi­ron­ments.

First, you’ll want to make sure your ears are suit­ably blocked. Bose’s forth­com­ing Sleep­Buds are a neat so­lu­tion, fizzing all sorts of brain-dead­en­ing noise into your ears through­out the night. But you don’t have to spend that much money as good ear plugs, like Mack’s (around $65 for 100 pairs), might be all you need as long as you’re happy with the sound of your own flu­ids slosh­ing around in­side your head.

You can go cus­tom, with ear plugs moulded specif­i­cally for the shape of your lugs (the ProGuard MYO, maybe, at $54) or re­ally push the boat out with the ti­ta­nium Iso­late Pro buds from Flare Au­dio ($100), al­though the lat­ter pokes out a bit too much for comfy sleep.

You might think about sort­ing out your sleep en­vi­ron­ment. If you sleep with a snorer, as Mrs Guru does, try Smart Nora. The US$299 (about $400) de­vice helps to re­spo­si­tion the head of night­time honkers when they start to re­ally give it some.

The Silent Part­ner Smart­patch is also an in­ter­est­ing take on noise can­celling, emit­ting a re­verse-wave counter snore to can­cel out those som­nam­bu­lar emis­sions. If it ever sees the light of day—the fan­ci­ful crowd­funded de­vice has hit a few de­vel­op­ment night­mares re­cently.

The Smart Nora slips into a pil­low and re­po­si­tions the head of night­time honkers when­ever they start to re­ally give it some

ABOVE Do you live in a noisy house? Fear not, for there’s tech to help you block the blighters out

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