It’s a common desire among 9-to-5 workers, students of any age, people who travel, or just about anyone that isn’t a fan of waking up: We all want to catch some sleep wherever we can. Maybe that’s why the Omni-Pillow got super-funded on Kickstarter.
The Omni-Pillow is essentially the Swiss Army knife of travel pillows, with three different flexible functions. The memory foam pillow can be wrapped around your neck like a traditional travel pillow, can get folded over for power naps at your desk, and can even be strapped to your traditional home pillows as a pillow topper to add an extra layer of comfort. The neck pillow features an adjustable strap, a pocket for your smartphone, a headphone port, and a blanket catch to keep yourself as cozy as you would be on a regular bed.
The Omni-Pillow also comes with a handy and convenient water-resistant travel bag that can attach to your luggage and lets you condense your pillow to the size of a mango, according to the project page.
A donation of roughly $54 will get you the pillow when they ship in April.
Check out the Kickstarter video below:
During the development process, the prototypes were travel-tested by the team on their own journeys, according to Banale CMO Riccardo Belleggia.
“There are so many hours and nights spent in airplanes, trains, busses, hostels, and airbnbs, searching for waves, exploring new countries, working hard to build our business or traveling to visit our families,” Belleggia said. “I can’t even count how many kilometers the Omni-Pillow prototypes have traveled.”
Travel pillows seem to be all the rage on crowdfunding sites. The Omni-Pillow itself has reached $117,861 in pledges out of its initial $11,947 goal. In 2012, the odd, head-encompassing Ostrich Pillow reached its $70,000 goal in a week and ended off its funding period with nearly $200,000. Its predecessor, the neck-wearable Ostrich Pillow Light met similar success when it hit its $40,500 goal in less than 72 hours and ended its funding campaign with over $152,000. In 2013, the the Forever Pillow received a little over triple its $30,000 goal and boasted a versatile mobius strip design that could be applied in several ways from sleeping to stretching.
More recently, the MonPére pillow, with its poseable bendy-arm design far exceeded its initial $30,000 goal by over $77,000. The inflatable HoodiePillow is another comfortable way to sleep on the go. The list of ways that you can catch your ZZZs wherever you are runs long.
Belleggia believes that the versatility and simplicity of the Omni-Pillow is what sets it apart.
“Go out there and start looking for travel pillows: they are all the same,” he said. “The Omni-Pillow is a completely new way to carry and use a travel pillow.”