After a long day, there's nothing better than relaxing at home. You watch a little TV in one room, maybe dim the lights and listen to some music in another room and then go to sleep in your bedroom. What if your bed was the Mecca for all your favorite pastimes? The Somnus-Neu bed from Yoo-Pod Ltd combines technology and comfort into one amazing experience.
The name is derived from the Roman god of sleep ("Somnus") and the German word for new ("neu"). The Somnus-Neu bed is not just the command center for all of your technology; it is a destination within itself. Soft light spills from underneath the bed frame in a color of your own creation to suit your current mood. In addition, there's a side-mounted mood/ambiance light and a reading light. All are programmable and dimmable.
Climb into bed and connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet on one of the two touch screens hidden in the sides. You can envelop yourself in the solitude of the privacy curtain before lowering the drop down projection screen to watch a movie from the high definition video projector. Pamper your sense of sound with the 180W Class D digital amplifier and five point internal speaker system. With a sub audio experience compression drive and digital audio in/3.5mm analog audio in/iPod input/headphones out, you can lose yourself in sound.
The man responsible for the Somnus-Neu bed is New Zealander Grier Govorko. Designer, photographer, world traveler are all adjectives that aptly describe Govorko. In addition, these words also formulate the pieces to the inspiration that helped him to devise such a one-of-a-kind bed. As a concert production designer, Govorko is acutely aware of how sound and light can transform a space and set the tone. Adding these qualities to the comfort and practicality of a technologically advanced bed frame not only makes sense, but it also enhances the entire "experience." While sleep experts might argue that the primary function of a bed is for falling off into a restful slumber, most people view their beds as more of a comfort zone. Easing oneself into and out of sleep often begins and ends in one's bed. Why not create a version of that experience that is optimized through the technology that we use anyway?
The Somnus-Neu is being marketed to both the luxury-seeking consumer as well as a variety of areas in the hospitality industry, and it is expected to be released later in 2010. The primary difference between the models is that the non-consumer version would offer more in the way of privacy and security safeguards with regard to technology. The Somnus-Neu bed is truly a fresh way of approaching the entire concept behind the phrase, "I'm going to bed."