A pillow into which you insert your head

"The Ostrich Pillow" is Kawamura-Ganjavian's oversubscribed Kickstarter project, a kind of padded textile space-helmet into which you insert your head (and, optionally, your hands), muffling your hearing, dimming your vision, and padding your whole head.

OSTRICH PILLOW is a revolutionary new product to enable easy power naps anytime, everywhere, OSTRICH PILLOW ‘s unique design offers a micro environment in which to take a cosy and comfortable power nap at ease. OSTRICH PILLOW has been designed to allow you to create a little private space within a public one, to relax and unwind. Its soothing soft interior shelters and isolates your head and hands (mind and body) for a short break, without needing to leave your desk, chair, bench or wherever you may be.



  1. Thieves and pickpockets everywhere thank you.
    I’ll wait for the version with eye-holes so I can peek quickly if I need to.

  2. As a mugger and thief, I haven’t seen anything this helpful since those commercials showing Amazon Kindles getting delivered on front porch steps, in boxes with the distinctive smiley swoop so I know which ones to take.

  3. If you wear this in a tank of warm water you will devolve into a primitive caveman-like creature. If you do it too many times you will devolve into pure essence, which looks like William Hurt made out of lava.

  4. Wouldn’t the clamor of all those people laughing their butts off make it hard for you to fall asleep ?

    1. I want rainbow metallic ‘eyes’ on those hand holes, and a built in proximity sensor that pipes up a faint:’Help me!! HELP me!! using phase delay so the voice isn’t proximally coming from the head, but somewhere on the ear of the person interrupting your somnolence.

  5. Even drawing eyes on this would deter thieves. I fly a lot, and I would not want to be assaulted/assailed, which yes, this design seems to encourage. Plus – just the idea of wearing a mask in a airport terminal: yup, not gonna go with security.

  6. Needs deely boppers and googly eyes.  

    Maybe eliminate the mouth hole and add a snorkle.

  7. I don’t care how goofy it looks, this thing would be perfect for long train, plane or bus rides where normal pillows just slip down the window when you try to use them. The combination blindfold/ear mufflers are a nice bonus. I do have to question the holes for your hands, though… is the normal comfortable position for people’s hands when they’re sleeping clutched to their heads like they’re a hostage about to be executed?

    1. I presume it´s for passing out with your hands resting on the table before you and your face resting on your hands, like I used to do in high school. The collected drool inside the pillow would make it a rather unsavoury affair after a short amount of time.

  8. As someone who travels often it does hold a certain appeal but my main concern is not so much assaults & theft but heat – it seems like it would be far too warm to be comfortable.  Over ear headphones and a hat can make me uncomfortably warm after not too long in most travel situations, this seems like it could bake your head even with those openings

    1.  This.  I would actually like one of these, as it would help with taking naps during breaks (it’s often hard to find a dark, quiet, empty room).  But I’d overheat in one on all but the coldest days.

  9. Someone on twitter mentioned how much this resembles a uterus. They could do a version with a removable red lining. 

  10. That actually looks like it might be really good to wear with a CPAP mask.  I usually end up sort of wedging my face with mask attached between two pillows, with my forehead on a 3rd pillow, when I want to sleep face-down.

  11. Even more bulky and odd looking than the Dream Helmet which I use nightly to block out stray light.  But my dear wife says the dream helmet makes me look like a kidnap victim.  This thing makes folks look like a cartoon kidnap victim from another dimension. Really there is nothing wrong with the plane blindfold.  But these provide just a little cushion.  The sound proofing is negligible based on my DH experience.  Nothing on Kickstarter about materials.

  12. When I was in Taiwan I came across the local custom of *everyone* having a post-lunch nap for about 1/2 hour.  Tourists have been known to walk into government offices just after lunch and run screaming out into the street thinking that there’d been a nerve-gas attack.  There was a lot of “keyboard face” and bed-head hair happening and this would be the perfect antidote.

  13. I remember when BoingBoing commenters didn’t include quite so many pickpockets, thieves, predators and cynics.  

  14. Why does this thing get reposted all over the place? It’s ridiculous and nobody wants this thing. (Wait a minute… this would make a great cat bed!)

  15. This is for WORK NAPPING. For head-on-desk napping. Should’ve used the head-on-desk picture. In that context it looks like a frickin GODSEND to me.

  16. The “pillow” could be decorated as a real head with hair, nose and smiling face and electronic eyes that move uncoordinatedly in arbitrary and random directions to assure strangers will say far away and not ask questions to disturb the user.

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