This 'Smart' Bed Accessory Will Rock You to Sleep

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Damir Khabirov/iStock via Getty Images

Unlike other consumer goods, mattresses have largely remained exempt from the wave of “smart” home technology. Some mattresses, like the Tempur-Pedic or Sleep Number bed, offer options to adjust their incline or firmness, but the rest are not terribly sophisticated.

Adiva is looking to change that. The company is currently promoting the Adiva One, a “smart” bed accessory that claims sleepers can benefit from a slight rocking motion similar to movement that soothes babies. The device fits under the four legs of a bed frame and gently agitates the mattress while you sleep. Adiva asserts this calming motion can promote deep sleep. Motion sensors clipped to the mattress track the sleeper’s movement, allowing the device to make adjustments on the fly.

Because the attachments fit under furniture legs, they can also be placed under a sofa, in the event you wanted to produce a calming motion while binge-watching television.

Adiva appears to be basing its philosophy on a 2011 study published in the journal Current Biology, which examined the role of a gentle rocking motion like that of cradling a baby or sleeping in a hammock. In the study, 10 volunteers napped on beds that were either stationary or rocked slightly. The shaken sleepers reported a comfortable nap and the study’s authors reported deep sleep was induced more quickly in the shaken subjects versus the stationary ones. The sample size was small, however, and with limited research available on sleep oscillating devices, you might want to opt for the Adiva One with cautious optimism. It works for babies, so it might work for you, too.

The Adiva One is currently being funded via an Indiegogo campaign, where early adopters can purchase the device for $1428, or 53 percent off the expected retail price of $3075. The device is expected to ship beginning in April 2020.

[h/t Digital Trends]

In a Bold Move, Microsoft Office Is Now Flagging Double Spaces Between Sentences as an Error

Please, thumbs, step away from the spacebar.
Please, thumbs, step away from the spacebar.
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For decades, proponents of typing a single space after a period have waged a friendly war against their double-space adversaries on a virtual battlefield. Now, the battlefield itself is taking sides: Microsoft Word will now start marking double spaces between sentences as an error.

The change is definitely a gradual one, and you probably won’t see it on your own computer just yet. According to The Verge, Microsoft has been testing the edit on the desktop version of Word, and they’ll begin rolling it out to all users in the near future. Once they do, you will still be able to opt out of it—as with other spelling and grammar recommendations from Microsoft’s Editor feature, you can choose to accept the change, ignore it once, or disable that particular suggestion altogether.

“As the crux of the great spacing debate, we know this is a stylistic choice that may not be the preference for all writers, which is why we continue to test with users and enable these suggestions to be easily accepted, ignored, or flat out dismissed in Editor,” Kirk Gregersen, a Microsoft partner director of program management, told The Verge.

But even if you choose to ignore the actual edit, it’s harder to ignore the winds of change that are raising the inevitable white flag of surrender higher and higher into the air, much to the dismay of the ever-dwindling league of double-spacers.

If you’re new to this strange, specific battle of wills, it’s probably because you started typing sometime after the turn of the century, when computers had already replaced typewriters. On a typewriter, each character takes up the same amount of horizontal space. That means narrow letters like i have quite a bit of extra space on either side of them. The uneven distribution makes it difficult to tell when a space before a new sentence is actually indicating a new sentence, or is just extra space from a small character. To cut down on confusion, people adopted the practice of typing two spaces after every period. The practice prevailed even when computers—with much more proportionally spaced fonts—became the norm, since people had already been so well-trained to hit the spacebar twice at the start of each sentence.

With the entire publishing industry moving toward a single space, and Microsoft now actively joining the effort, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before seeing a double space after a period will be just as rare as actually using a typewriter.

[h/t The Verge]

10 Google Hangouts Easter Eggs

Rudie Obias, Mental Floss
Rudie Obias, Mental Floss

The development team at Google hides fun little Easter eggs in almost all of the company’s products and services—including Google Hangouts. Here are 10 fun tricks you can use to amuse yourself and your friends the next time you chat.

1. /corgis

If you need more dogs in your life, simply type “/corgis” into Google Hangouts and watch a short-legged pup strut across your chatbox. There are two different corgis, so keep typing the command for a chance to see each dog.

2. /ponystream


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Are you bored at work? Type “/ponystream” (with the forward slash at the beginning) into Google Hangouts and watch a never ending stream of My Little Pony ponies prancing across your chat window. You'll notice that some have hats, sunglasses, and even flaming manes.

3. /ponies


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If you're overwhelmed by the endless stream, type in “/ponies” and only a single pony will appear on your screen.

4. /shydino


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Type “/shydino” into Google Hangouts and a small green dinosaur will slide onto the screen and hide behind an even smaller yellow house in the middle of the chat window. Typing it again will make it go away. "We had Hangouts users mistaking one of our emoji (the house with the tree) for a shy dinosaur hiding behind a house," Sanjay Mavinkurve, Google's Lead User Experience Designer for Hangouts, told HuffPost. "It seemed a shame to not have such an emoji, so we added the Easter egg."

5. /roll

This trick’s perfect if you’re playing any sort of online game that involves rolling dice. Simply type “/roll” into Google Hangouts, and you and whoever you’re chatting with will see a message saying you’ve rolled the die. You aren’t limited to traditional die, either. If you’re playing a virtual group game like Dungeons & Dragons that calls for a 20-sided die, type /rolld20.

6. /shruggie

If you want to respond to someone’s message with the classic ASCII shrug emoji but don’t want to type all the different characters, type /shruggie into Google Hangouts and the internet’s favorite symbol of ambivalence will appear.

7. /bikeshed


Are you sick of the simple white background in Google Hangouts? Type in “/bikeshed” and your chatbox will change to a random color. If the hue doesn't quite match your desktop, type it again for a new color.

8. /pitchforks


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Angry at someone’s comment, but lack the words to say so? If you type “/pitchforks” into Google Hangouts, villagers with fire and pitchforks will run back and forth across your chat window.

9. Konami Code


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Google programmers love the Konami Code, which originally appeared in old school video games like Contra and Castlevania. You can tell how much they love it because they’ve included the special code in many services, including Google Hangouts. Leave your cursor open in Google Hangouts and click the following keys: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, and then hit Enter. This will change your background from dull white to a lively mountainside setting with green trees and blue skies.

The Konami Code also works with Google Now (it unlocks “unlimited free” searches), Google Chromebook Pixel (it starts an exciting light show with its LED lightstrip), and Google Play Games on a touchscreen device (it unlocks trophies).

10. /8ball

Need answers for life’s important questions, but don’t have a trusty Magic 8-Ball on hand? Type “/8ball” into Google Hangouts and see what your future holds. And, if you don’t like the answer to your question, just type “/ball” again and again until you get the response you’re looking for.

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