Technology: Chimp-inspired researcher makes ‘most comfortable bed’

(From Asahi Shimbun)

Not content with just fluffing his pillow to find the perfect slumber, Koichiro Zamma tried out the sleeping arrangements for chimpanzees at the top of a tree in an African forest.

Kyoto University President Juichi Yamagiwa tests the “humankind evolution bed” in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward. (Tomoyoshi Kubo)

Kyoto University President Juichi Yamagiwa tests the “humankind evolution bed” in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward. (Tomoyoshi Kubo)

The 43-year-old research fellow with Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies believed the primates would know what kind of bed ensures the soundest sleep.

From that inspiration, the “humankind evolution bed” was developed, and it is now on display at the Kyoto University Museum in Sakyo Ward as part of an exhibition themed on “sleep.”

Chimpanzees migrate in quest of food. When they arrive at a favorable destination, they stack folded tree branches on top of trees to build a bed, with a depression in the center, to sleep in.

Zamma, a primatologist, said the chimp bedding enveloped his body in a natural shape and rocked him to just the right extent. Read more



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