Inspect-a-Gadget is a monthly segment where we feature a tech toy our editors have been playing with.
No doubt there is a marketing team ready to promote this pillow as the future of sleep, but it’s actually just firm padding and speakers – a pairing that does something useful, if not world-changing.
The DreamLand pillow is a blessing for those who, to preserve domestic bliss, have sacrificed a nighttime music habit; the eight internal speakers are barely audible unless you lay your ear against the polyester-cotton pillowcase.
Audio is sent from your phone via Bluetooth and is clear enough to listen to a podcast, though it lacks bass and is slightly muffled – you are listening to a pillow, after all.
The optional Bluetooth audio receiver connects with cables tucked into both sides of the pillow and a phone app lets you choose from the usual sleep-inducing rainforests or looping frogs, with the main draw being a sleep timer, though most media players have that anyway.
Admittedly, the DreamLand pillow has some unneeded frills – you don’t need to use the app, and the audio cables can connect to your phone’s jack, rather than the Bluetooth receiver – but it does what it says on the box.
You can now nod off to Metallica or the nasal charm of Ira Glass, rather than the snoring of your bed buddy.
How much: RMB599
Sold where: AISleep’s WeChat store
For who: sonic slumberers
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