(WIRED) – THERE ARE MANY reasons to hate flying economy. The tiny seats, the inedible food, the fees airlines charge for things you’d get for free in a medieval dungeon. Manon Kühne can’t fix any of that, but she’s has found one small way to make sitting in 17C just a bit less hellish. She’s designed an ingenious head rest that not only makes sleeping in an airplane seat borderline comfortable, it also keeps your head, and your drool, off your neighbor’s shoulder.
The Dutch industrial designer, who graduated from Delft University of Technology last year, won the student category at the Crystal Cabin Awards for something she calls HeadRest, a thesis project she created in collaboration with Zodiac Aerospace’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Lab.
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