College is a time where individuals begin to grow, find what they want to do in life, and become a different person than they were in high school. Sometimes high school sweethearts fade away, and sometimes they stay. However, one of the hardest things for high school couples entering college (or are still together while in college) is a long distance relationship.
Long distance relationships are difficult, and they require just as much maintenance as a non-long distance relationship requires. There have been many ways to help long distance couples feel closer together via technology, such as Facebook, Skype, and Google Hangouts.
However, there haven’t been very many inventions of late that have attempted to collapse the barrier that computers cannot overcome. One invention, however, has succeeded in making it easier for long distance couples to feel closer together. What is this grand invention, you ask?
It’s a pillow. But this pillow isn’t just any pillow; this pillow has a heartbeat. And not its own heartbeat, but the heartbeat of your loved one, playing in real time.
Scottish designer Joanna Montgomery created this device, known as the Pillow Talk. It works by using a ring that measures your heartbeat, and a flat panel inside the pillow that glows and beats in sync with your partner’s heartbeat.
While some see the Pillow Talk as somewhat of an oddity, this is one of the first inventions that is aimed at bringing long distance couples closer together and feeling like they’re truly together, even though they could be hundreds of miles apart.
According to Joanna’s website, she says that Pillow Talk “is an intimate interaction between two lovers, regardless of the distance between them.” She’s won several awards and funding for her innovative and disruptive design of this product.
Her product has also been featured o several TV shows as well as an article on Gizmodo. Also, her YouTube video went viral, gaining over 400,000+ views. Joanna says that she has already had an overwhelming amount of requests for her product and that she hopes to receive enough funding through donations to begin manufacturing the product, which is why it isn’t currently available on the market.
While Pillow Talk isn’t the perfect model of a product that will help make long distance couples feel closer together, it’s the first of its kind, and is a good first step in the direction of making long distance relationships easier. This can only lead to more odd, eccentric ideas of closing the miles for those couples.
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