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It exists! A bed that makes itself

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OHEA's smart bed self-tidies automatically in less than a minute.

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In the pantheon of really tedious things people really, really hate to do, making the bed is right up there with taking out the trash.

You can either just get used to as one of those fundamental requirements to be accepted as a respectable, hygienic carbon-based life form. Sort of like combing your hair in the morning and paying your taxes on time. Or you can hire a maid.

However, there´s now a third way in which you not only don´t have to lift a finger, but can also even give you god-like status among your peers. It´s called the Smart Bed, introduced by Spanish furniture maker OHEA as a one-of-a-kind mattress set that actually makes itself.

The concept is way futuristic and at the same time technologically simple. When activated, a pair of small mechanical arms, with rollers attached, rises from a hidden compartment on the side to straighten and pull the cover over the bed. All the while, a set of platforms lifts the pillows as they are straightened out by cords attached to the pillowcases. When the process is complete, the pillows are dropped back into place. All this takes less than a minute.

The user can either set the bed on automatic or manual. The automatic setting makes it so that the process is started about three seconds after built-in sensors detect the bed is empty. But to avoid the off-chance that the function activates accidentally while you´re sleeping, it´s probably best to leave it on manual mode.

As for the cost, interested buyers will have to inquire within. Check out OHEA´s website to learn more.

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Tuan Nguyen

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Contributing Editor Tuan C. Nguyen is a freelance science journalist based in New York City. He has written for the U.S. News and World Report, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News, AOL, Yahoo! News and LiveScience. Formerly, he was reporter and producer for the technology section of ABCNews.com. He holds degrees from the University of California Los Angeles and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure