Sleeping on a plane, train or automobile can be a nightmare for a lot of people, and one day, by accident, Susan Hanes realized there's a way to get hours of sleep in these tight travel situations if you have the right support.
On a long flight, the Wilmington woman says she offered to hold a few of her friends' coats.
Next thing she knew, she had fallen asleep for five straight hours, comfortably resting on the mound of coats, waking up without shoulder or neck stress.
Susan recently received a gold medal for her invention, aimed at travel comfort ability, at INPEX 2014 – America's Largest Invention Trade Show.
Hanes won first place in the General Goods and Sundries Category for the Snooze Ball, a uniquely shaped inflatable travel pillow that takes the weight of the arms off the shoulders allowing premium sleep while sitting upright.
INPEX was held June 18-20, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, and featured over 300 inventors who were looking for manufacturers, marketers, licensees or distributors for their inventions.
Inventors had the opportunity to pitch their products to companies such as Sky Mall, Hampton Direct, Stanley Black & Decker and QVC, among others.
Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, was this year's keynote speaker.
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