Smart robot pillow aims to help improve your sleep -- and it could be better than sleep medication

Goodbye, Ambien!

A group of robotics and engineering students from the Netherlands have created a robot pillow that they say improves sleep quality and could be an alternative to medication.

Dubbed Somnox by its inventors at Delft University of Technology, the pillow is equipped with multiple high-sensitivity sensors and an artificial intelligence algorithm.

The pillow interprets whether the user is awake or in a deep sleep and uses the data to create a breathing rhythm that can induce the user to sleep within minutes, according to the Somnox website. It also emits a gradually increasing light to wake up the user in the morning, which is arguably much more gentle than a thunderous alarm.

Somnox is still in the prototype phase and it is not yet known when it will be available to the market.

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