Look buddy. I appreciate the effort. I really do. But something must be said for design.
An inventor in Japan has created a subway sleep mask. A device designed to allow the person wearing it the ability to catch a snooze on a crowded subway train. He calls it the “Noriko-san”. You put this ugly thing around your head and doze off into dreamland. (He’s a manga artist, so that would explain the ridiculous look of this thing. Bug eyes and all.) The brilliant stroke? In the front of it is this LCD screen that broadcasts your destination. The thinking is that you’ll be granted piece of mind that a kind-hearted stranger will wake you up in time to get off. Hence, a better nap.
Is this guy for real? For starters, no one…. no one is happy to be on that train. You’re really going to depend on the kindness of strangers to get you home? I don’t think I’ve ever said anything to anyone on the train. (Ok, there was this one time I apologized for almost dropping my hot dog on this women who was sitting down. The real crazy thing was… how did I get that hot dog on the train in the first place?!?!)
Second, how is this giving you piece of mind? Now you have to worry if someone will in fact wake you up! Third, isn’t this a little much? Can’t you just set an alarm on your cell phone? It’s certainly a lot less goofy looking. After you’ve commuted for a week you can figure out, to the minute or two, how long it takes to get from point A to point B.
Check out Pink Tentacle for a video of the inventor testing of prototype of the Noriko-san on a subway in Japan. It doesn’t wake him up!