Napping Station Now At UofM Library

Sleepy students at the University of Michigan's Shapiro Undergraduate Library (better known as the UGLI to students) can now take advantage of a napping station.


(UM napping station)

When Adrian Bazbaz transferred from a college in Mexico to University of Michigan, one thing struck him: how late students stayed up studying in the library.

"I wasn't used to that at all. It was super late and so many people were there," he recalls. "Sleep deprivation is bad for your health and overall performance."

Bazbaz, a junior studying aerospace engineering, thought that if students were going to stay up through the night studying, they should at least have the ability to take naps and not ones that consisted of them drooling onto a textbook while slouched over at a desk.

That's when the idea of a napping station at U-M's Shapiro Undergraduate Library was born. Bazbaz and Central Student Government, of which he is a participant, are piloting a napping station at the library.

Fans of sf greats Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth wrote about something similar (with a technological twist) in their excellent 1952 book The Space Merchants:

Then he strolled across the dayroom to the hypnoteleset, punched his clock number for a half-hour of trance and slid under, with the rest of the viewers.

Two more were gaping, glassy-eyed, before a teleset, obviously in trance state.
(Read more about Pohl and Kornbluth's hypnoteleset)

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 5/10/2014)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )

Related News Stories - (" Culture ")

Lumo Projector Turns Kids Rooms Into Bradbury's Veldt
'The walls began to purr and recede... and presently an African veldt appeared...'- Ray Bradbury, 1951.

Hologram Protest World's First
'Their bodies were in their dwelling cells, but their telucid images filled the hall.'- RF Starzl, 1931.

Norlin Shoe Drone Robot UAV In-Store Delivery Thing
'Robot-salesmen were everywhere, gesturing, pleading, shrilling.'- Philip K Dick, 1954.

Brand Killer Helmet Blocks Real-Life Ads
'Some merely held the holos [ads] at arm's length.'- John Varley, 1977.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Jazz AI Compliments Of DARPA
'I request that you feed the correlation between those dots and the levers of the panel into my memory banks.'

Tasty Space Lettuce!
Having tested, we tasted.

See LG OLED Wallpaper - Amazing Video
'... television that unrolled like a poster.'

Canada's Inflatable Space Elevator Tower
"...establish an elevator system linking Earth to space?"

Ekso Works Industrial Exoskeleton
'Earth's scientists [devised] rigid metallic clothing not unlike armor...'

Mother Robot Evolves Her Children
'The Robot Mother... the most dangerous thing in creation.'

Cheetah 2 Robot Now Leaps Obstacles To Get You
'The legs are long, curled way up to deliver power, like a cheetah's.'

Xiaoice Will Text You And Be Your Friend
'If you spoke English, results might be whimsical...'

Synthetic Coral To Clean The Seas?
'Numberless capillaries arranged in a belt around the smart coral reef...'

Organoids Galore!
'Runciter's body contained a dozen artiforgs...'

Artificial Gravity? Why Not?
'The artificial gravity-controls in the base of the ship... were being tampered with!'

Hackers Can Take Control Of Cars From Anywhere In The World
'The car faltered as the external command came to brake...'

Armed Drone Opens Fire
'Each a television eye and a sonic stunner...'

Robotic Exoskeleton Releases Man From Wheelchair
'This man was standing on two corrugated-soled titanium footplates...'

Oh, Just Let Robots Run Airports
I'd like a friendly robot to help me at airports.

How Smart Should AI's Be Allowed To Get?
'Every AI ever built has an electromagnetic shotgun wired to its forehead'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.