It looks like a comfortable travel pillow. You know, the kind you can wear around your neck to keep you cozy and snug while you try to catch some sleep during long flights. Except, the Omni-Pillow packs a few tricks up its sleeve that should make it a better alternative.
No, it doesn’t try to get fancy like some of the other travel pillows we’ve seen. In fact, it’s rather conventional, with the familiar U-shaped form factor that’s been the default choice for most travel pillows. You use it the same way, too – just secure it around your neck and go to sleep.
The Omni-Pillow is made from memory foam, so it should exhibit all the advantages of memory foam, from being highly compressible (it molds flush to your neck and head) to returning completely to its original shape once pressure is removed to lasting much longer than traditional foam. Buckled straps on either end of the pillow allows you to tighten and secure the fit around your neck, while a small pocket on one side lets you keep your phone right on the pillow. There’s even a convenient opening for a cord on the pocket, so you can listen to music playing on your phone. It measures 9.5 x 9.5 x 5.5 inches (length x width x height).
Unlike other travel pillows that can be awkward to bring, this one collapses into a small water-resistant shell measuring 6 x 4 x 5 inches (length x width x height). Yes, we have no idea how they manage to shrink it into that size, either, but the fact that it’s memory foam means it will return to its proper shape pretty quickly as soon as you unzip the shell. The shell, by the way, comes with an elastic strap for attaching to luggage, as well as a hook for hanging on your backpack.
The Omni-Pillow isn’t just meant to serve as a neck pillow, by the way, as it’s designed to easily transform into a flat rectangular pillow. At 1.75 inches thick, it’s not much a pillow, though, which is why the outfit recommends using it in that mode as a pillow topper to make your favorite pillow at home even more comfortable. Straps on two corners of the memory foam lets you secure it to whichever pillow you want to use it with.
Alternatively, you can fold the pillow in half and secure the corners using the straps, allowing you to use it as a reasonably thick pillow, in case you’d rather sleep with your head rested on a table somewhere. The space between each fold allows you to insert your arm in between, which should give the pillow even more body to give you a more restful sleep. They call this form factor the “double pillow,” by the way, which should make it usable for activities like camping and power naps at the office.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Omni-Pillow. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at €45.