Sleepbox Like Niven's Napcap
The Sleepbox is designed for the weary traveler to catch up on their sleep. Created by Russian architects, it features sheets that are automatically changed by winding them from one roller to another, just like those belt towels.
The Sleepbox is also tricked out with an LCD display, Wi-Fi, a place for your luggage and electrical outlets for recharging all your stuff.
In his 2000 novel Saturn's Race, Larry Niven created the idea of a Napcap facility, which goes the Sleepbox one better:
Fatigue bent her like decades, and she was overjoyed to see the blinking yellow sign of a Napcap rental facility.
A few meager credits remained on her debit card. She would invest them in a decent snooze.
She punched her card into the Napcap's slot. The lid lifted and she crawled inside. It shooshed down. The inside received her as a womb...
The induction cap was not needed, but it snuggled neatly onto her head anyway. Servos wound their way to their appointed places with automated ease. Premoistened contact points hugged temples and brow. A trickle of entraining current eased her into a deeper slumber...
(Read more about Larry Niven's Napcap)
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