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
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