Sleep-deprived between connecting flights? Head to these cool, new nap pods for a comfortable sleep the next time you’re in Europe. By Shikha Pushpan
If you’re travelling to EU nations later this year, chances are you’ll come across sleek self-contained capsules waiting for sleepy travellers at the boarding gates.
Designed to provide a private space at public areas, such as airports, bus and train stations, AirPods are futuristic-looking capsules that allow guests to take a quick nap between connecting flights, watch their favourite movie on Netflix, or surf high speed wi-fi while disconnecting from the outside world. Inside these pods, travellers can rest on a plush, convertible chair, charge their devices, store their luggage, and enjoy a good sleep, while enjoying the benefits of sound reduction technology, smart-glass privacy, mood lighting, and anti-stress ambient programming.
Though the pods are designed to reduce external noise, it’s possible to stay connected to know what’s going on around at the airport. The alarm inside makes sure you walk out of your private cubicle just on time to catch the flight. The pods will be available to rent by the hour.
AirPod has been designed by two Slovenian businessmen and frequent fliers, Grega Mrgole and Miha Meolic. “AirPod is full of cutting-edge technologies that enable users to undertake tasks in total privacy and comfort while still remaining in the heart of a public or commercial space,” points out the company’s website.
The AirPods will start appearing at European airports later this year as part of a commercial test, and around the globe gradually.
There are several business ventures around the world that focus on sleep deprived travellers, such as the Jabbrrbox at LaGuardia Airport, New York, GoSleep nap pods in Helsinki airport, SleepBox pods in Moscow airport and private bedrooms on rent in Las Vegas McCarran Airport.