Not that part! The soft hat-scarf-blanket-shirt-pillow hybrid lets you catch some quick Zs (and block out the rest of the world) wherever you can find a flat surface. I would bring this on every Amtrak trip for the rest of my life if it weren’t just a design concept. [Studio KG via Core77]
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