Sleeping on the job? Japan’s latest technology to blast snoozing workers with cold air

Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin hopes to eventually develop air conditioners that can direct cool blasts to specific snoozing workers, and keep them alert. (AFP)
Updated 26 July 2018
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Sleeping on the job? Japan’s latest technology to blast snoozing workers with cold air

TOKYO: Japanese office workers hoping to nod off on the job may need to sleep with one eye open thanks to a new system that can detect snoozers and blast them with cold air.
Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin and electronics giant NEC said Thursday they have begun trialing the system, which monitors the movement of the employee’s eyelids with a camera attached to a computer.
The computer can automatically lower the room’s temperature if it detects dozing at desks.
“We hope to introduce this system commercially in 2020,” a Daikin spokesman told AFP, adding that a trial had begun this month.
The system uses Daikin’s technology to automatically adjust temperatures and NEC’s facial recognition technology to monitor different types of eyelid movement that suggest sleepiness.
It was developed after an initial study done by the companies on how best to keep people alert.
They tried lowering temperatures by a few degrees, increasing brightness and spraying aromas in a room while participants did simple maths for about an hour.
“Our study proved that lowering temperature is effective... especially when the early signs of sleepiness are detected,” the companies said in a joint statement.
And in news likely to provide cold comfort to Japan’s infamously overworked salarymen, Daikin hopes to eventually develop air conditioners that can direct cool blasts to specific snoozing workers.


Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.” (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2019
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Rapper 50 cent embraces Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah World Fest with playful name change tweet

DUBAI:  US rapper 50 Cent took Twitter by surprise as he teased fans with a joke about a potential name change.

The ‘Power’ star joked about changing his name to “50 HALALA.”

This was after the rapper was added to Jeddah World Fest’s line-up in Saudi Arabia.

Tweeps took to the cheeky tweet by storm, replying with warm messages like “welcome to Saudi 50 HALALA.”

Another Saudi fan wrote, “many thanks 50 Halala.”

The music sensation told his 10 million followers, “I been around the world a few times there’s no place [like] JEDDAH.”

He also shared his experience at the festival with excited fans and wrote, “I had a ball at Jeddah fest, kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The music festival is part of the Jeddah Season of activities which falls under the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) ambitious program of seasonal entertainment for the Kingdom.