Next up, we have…….drum roll please……. a piece of cardboard.
Yes, that’s it. Really. A foldable piece of cardboard.
But as you would expect to hear from a product launch, this is no ordinary piece of cardboard.
The PowerSiesta, two years in the making, is the latest way to help you travel on planes, trains and buses. Launched recently on Kickstarter, is a lightweight (o.3kg) , magazine size affair, that can be easily folded away in your cabin-bag.
The idea is, when you reach your plane/train/bus seat and you’re ready for a snooze, you simply unfold the PowerSiesta and place it on the table tray in front of you. If the bare cardboard seems a little austere and uncomfortable to sleep on, the device is strong enough to place a pillow on top.
There are a couple of caveats to mention. First, you have to rely on the fact the passenger in front hasn’t fully reclined their seat. Secondly, if you’re on a bus or train, not every seat has a table or fold-down tray.
But these things aside, whilst some might scoff at first of the idea of sleeping on a piece of cardboard, the clever thing about the PowerSiesta is the simplicity of the design concept. Plus, the device is eco-friendly, ergonomic and hardly takes up any space.
And if you think this is some overnight hair-brained invention, you’d be wrong. The Puerto Rican based team behind the product include an aeronautical engineer and inventor with over 10 patents in his name. All in all the design, research for the PowerSiesta took over 18 months to complete.