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Title:
A LEVITATING BED
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/136395
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A bed 10 includes a top layer 12, a bottom layer 14, a guiding system for guiding the locating the top layer 12 relative to the bottom layer 14, a sensing system 18, a power source, a temperature regulating system, and a controlling system. The layer 12 includes a plurality of spaced apart movable units 24 including a support structure 26 for supporting a user thereon, movable mounting elements 32 for movably mounting adjacent units 24 for vertical movement relative to one another, and metal elements 28. The bottom layer includes a plurality of electromagnets 42 for magnetically cooperating with an associated elements 28 to provide for the magnetic levitation of the movable units 24, and pistons 46 for vertically displacing the electromagnets 42 relative to the bottom layer 14. The guiding system 16 guides the vertical position of the top layer 12 relative to the bottom layer 14. The controlling system 23 controls the electromagnets 42, displacement of the pistons 46 and the temperature regulating system 22.

Inventors:
DERMATIS PANAGIOTIS (AE)
Application Number:
PCT/IB2018/060573
Publication Date:
July 02, 2020
Filing Date:
December 24, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
DERMATIS PANAGIOTIS (AE)
International Classes:
A47C31/00; A47C17/84; A47C21/00; A47C21/04
Domestic Patent References:
WO2018213852A12018-11-22
Foreign References:
EP2036461A12009-03-18
GB2432517A2007-05-30
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROUSE & CO. INTERNATIONAL (OVERSEAS) LIMITED (AE)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A bed including: a top layer comprising a plurality of movable units, the movable units being configured to be vertically movable relative to one another, in an in-use configuration of the bed, the movable units of the top layer including a supporting structure for supporting a user thereon; a bottom layer disposed, in the in-use configuration of the bed, beneath the top layer; one of the top layer and the bottom layer including a plurality of spaced apart magnetically responsive elements, the other one of the top layer and the bottom layer including a plurality of magnets for magnetically cooperating with an associated one or more of the magnetically responsive elements to provide for the magnetic levitation of the movable units.

2. The bed as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the plurality of movable units are spaced apart from one another so as to form airflow passages therebetween.

3. The bed as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the top layer further includes movable mounting means for movably mounting the plurality of movable units to one another.

4. The bed as claimed in any one of the preceding claims , wherein the movable mounting means of the top layer includes at least one movable mounting element for movable mounting two adjacent movable units to one another.

5. The bed as claimed in claim 4, wherein the mounting means further includes at least one mounting formation forming a part of the mounting element and a complementary mounting formation forming part of at least one of the adjacent units, the mounting formation of the mounting element and the complementary mounting formation of said at least one adjacent unit cooperating with one another, in use, for movably mounting the mounting element to said adjacent unit.

6. The bed as claimed in claim 5, wherein the mounting means includes a pair of mounting formations forming part of the mounting element, each one of the pair of mounting formations being located at opposite ends of the mounting element, the mounting means further including a complementary mounting formation forming part of each one of the adjacent units.

7. The bed as claimed in claim 6, wherein, in use, each mounting formation of the pair of mounting formations is configured to cooperate with an associated one of the complementary mounting formations of the adjacent units such that the mounting element may be located, in use, between the two adjacent movable units for movably mounting the movable units to one another.

8. The bed as claimed in any one of claims 5 to 7, wherein each complementary mounting formation is in the form of a passage formation configured for slidably receiving the mounting formation of an associated mounting element therein.

9. The bed as claimed in any one of the preceding claims , wherein the top layer includes said plurality of spaced apart magnetically responsive elements and the bottom layer includes said plurality of magnets.

10. The bed as claimed in claim 9, wherein the bottom layer further includes a plurality of recesses, with the magnets of the bottom layer being located, in use, within the recesses and wherein the magnets are movably mounted to the bottom layer.

1 1. The bed as claimed in claim 10, wherein the bottom layer includes a plurality of displacing elements configured and arranged for vertically displacing the magnets relative to the bottom layer, in the in-use configuration of the bed.

12. The bed as claimed in claim 1 1 , wherein each displacing element is movably mounted within an associated one of the recesses of the bottom layer.

13. The bed as claimed in claim 12, wherein the displacing elements are configured for displacing the magnets between a deployed condition in which the magnets extend outwardly from the associated recess and a stowed condition in which the magnets are stowed within the associated recess.

14. The bed as claimed in any one of the preceding claims , wherein the bed further includes guiding means for guiding the vertical position of the top layer relative to the bottom layer.

15. The bed as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the bed further includes temperature regulating means for regulating a temperature of various regions of the top layer.

Description:
A LEVITATING BED

FIELD OF INVENTION

This invention relates to a levitating bed.

BACKGROUND

In this specification, any reference to the term“bed” shall be interpreted sufficiently broadly to include any type of furniture item for supporting a user, such as, for example, a bed, sofa, chair, day-bed, chaise, sunbed; recliner, and the like.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

According to the invention there is provided a bed including: a top layer comprising a plurality of movable units, the movable units being

configured to be vertically movable relative to one another, in an in-use configuration of the bed, the movable units of the top layer including a supporting structure for supporting a user thereon; a bottom layer disposed, in the in-use configuration of the bed, beneath the top layer; one of the top layer and the bottom layer including a plurality of spaced apart magnetically responsive elements, the other one of the top layer and the bottom layer including a plurality of magnets for magnetically cooperating with an associated one or more of the magnetically responsive elements to provide for the magnetic levitation of the movable units.

The plurality of movable units may be spaced apart from one another so as to form airflow passages therebetween.

The top layer may further include movable mounting means for movably mounting the plurality of movable units to one another.

The movable mounting means of the top layer may include at least one movable mounting element for movable mounting two adjacent movable units to one another. The mounting means may further include at least one mounting formation forming a part of the mounting element and a complementary mounting formation forming part of at least one of the adjacent units, the mounting formation of the mounting element and the complementary mounting formation of said at least one adjacent unit cooperating with one another, in use, for movably mounting the mounting element to said adjacent unit.

In a particular embodiment, the mounting means may include a pair of mounting formations forming part of the mounting element, each one of the pair of mounting formations being located at opposite ends of the mounting element, the mounting means further including a complementary mounting formation forming part of each one of the adjacent units. In use, each mounting formation of the pair of mounting formations being configured to cooperate with an associated one of the

complementary mounting formations of the adjacent units such that the mounting element may be located, in use, between the two adjacent movable units for movably mounting the movable units to one another.

Each complementary mounting formation may be in the form of a passage formation configured for slidably receiving the mounting formation of an associated mounting element therein. In a particular embodiment, each passage formation may extend along a side region of each adjacent unit.

Each mounting formation of the mounting element may include a spherical shaped structure. As such, each passage formation may be in the form of a cylindrical passage within which the spherical shaped structure of the mounting element is slidably received.

The supporting structure of the movable units may include supportive resilient material for cushioning the user.

In a particular embodiment, the top layer may include said plurality of spaced apart magnetically responsive elements. More particularly, each movable unit of the top layer may include a particular one of said plurality of spaced apart magnetically responsive elements, each magnetically responsive elements being located below the supporting structure, in the in-use configuration of the bed. The bottom layer may include said plurality of magnets. The magnets may be spaced apart from one another. In a particular embodiment, the magnets may be spaced an equal distance apart from one another. The bottom layer may further include a plurality of recesses, with the magnets of the bottom layer being located, in use, within the recesses. In use, each magnet may be associated with an

associated one of the recesses , the recesses and the magnets being arranged such that each magnet cooperates with an associated one of the magnetically responsive elements to provide for the magnetic levitation of the movable units. The magnets may more particularly be in the form of electromagnets.

In a particular embodiment, the magnets may be movably mounted to the bottom layer. As such, the bottom layer may include a plurality of displacing elements configured and arranged for vertically displacing the magnets relative to the bottom layer, in the in-use configuration of the bed. The displacing elements may be mounted to the magnets for displacing the magnets relative to the bottom layer. As such, each displacing element may be movably mounted within an associated one of the recesses of the bottom layer. As such, the displacing elements may be configured for displacing the magnets between a deployed condition in which the magnets extend outwardly from the associated recess and a stowed condition in which the magnets are stowed within the associated recess. The displacing elements may be in the form of pistons. The pistons may be hydraulically operated. Alternatively, the pistons may be operated pneumatically or otherwise.

The bed may include controlling means for controlling displacement of the plurality of displacing elements, thereby to control displacement of the movable units relative to one another. In a case wherein the magnets are in the form of electromagnets, the controlling means of the bed may further be configured for controlling the

electromagnets so as to control a strength of the magnetic field generated by the electromagnets, thereby to control levitation of the movable units.

The bed may further include guiding means for guiding the locating the top layer relative to the bottom layer. More particularly, the guiding means may be configured for guiding the vertical position of the top layer relative to the bottom layer. The guiding means may include one or more guiding formations to which at least one of the top layer and the bottom layer are movably mounted. The or each guiding formation may be in the form of a rod. The guiding means may further include a corresponding number of complementary guiding formations forming part of said least one of the top layer and the bottom layer, the complementary guiding formations being configured to guidingly and slidingly receive an associated one of the guiding formations therein, the guiding formations and the complementary guiding formations being configured for guiding the location of the top layer relative to the bottom layer. The guiding means may be configured to be removable, thereby to permit unhindered displacement of the top layer and the bottom layer relative to one another, after removal of the guiding means.

The bed may further include one or more of heat sensors and proximity sensors. Said one or more of the heat sensors and the proximity sensors may be mounted to one of the bottom layer and the top layer. In a particular embodiment, said one or more of the heat sensors and the proximity sensors may be mounted to an underside of one or more of the movable units.

The bed may further include a power source for supplying electrical power to the magnets. The power source may include a backup power supply configured to supply electric power to the magnets if the domestic power supply is interrupted.

The bed may further include temperature regulating means for regulating ambient temperature . More particularly, the temperature regulating means and may be configured for regulating a temperature of various regions of the top layer. The temperature regulating means may be located at the bottom layer. The controlling means of the bed may include temperature controlling means for controlling the temperature regulating means. The temperature regulating means may be mounted to the bottom layer. As such, the location of the temperature regulating means and the spacing between the movable units particularly provides for enhanced air flow to the user to provide for efficient heating and cooling of the user, in use. The temperature regulating means may include one of more of heating elements and cooling elements.

The movable units may include a material of high magnetic permeability which is arranged above the magnets in the in-use configuration of the bed, in order to shield the user and electronic devices of the user from a magnetic field of the magnets. The bed may further include a speaker system for broadcasting sound.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Further features of the invention are described hereinafter by way of a non-limiting example of the invention, with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying diagrammatic drawings. In the drawings:

Figure 1 A shows a perspective view of a bed, in accordance with the invention, illustrated in an in-use configuration of the bed and showing a top layer and a bottom layer of the bed, with the top layer shown lifted off of the bottom layer and levitated through magnetic repulsion, the top layer comprising a number of movable units which are illustrated aligned with one another;

Figure 1 B shows a perspective view of the bed of Figure 1 A, showing a number of the movable units of the top layer moved relative to one another;

Figure 1 C shows a perspective view of the bed of Figure 1 A, illustrated with the top layer of Figure 1 A removed, so as to show details of the bottom layer of the bed of Figure 1 A;

Figure 2 shows a side view of the bed of Figure 1 B;

Figure 3 shows a fragmentary sectional side view of the top and bottom layers of the bed of Figure 1 A, sectioned along section lines 3-3 of Figure 1 A;

Figure A4 shows a fragmentary sectional view of one moveable unit of the top layer of the bed of Figure 3 sectioned along section lines 4A-4A of Figure 3;

Figure 4B shows a fragmentary sectional view of the bottom layer of the bed of Figure 3, sectioned along section lines 4B-4B of Figure 3;

Figure 5 shows a fragmentary sectional side view of the top layer of Figure 3, illustrating three adjacent movable units aligned with one another;

Figure 6 shows a fragmentary perspective view of one of the movable units of the top layer of Figure 3; Figure 7 shows a fragmentary sectional side view of the top layer of Figure 3, illustrating three adjacent movable units moved relative to one another; and

Figure 8 shows an enlarged fragmentary sectional top view of a number of adjacent movable units of the top layer of Figure 1 A, sectioned along section lines 8-8 of Figure 1 A.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

With reference to Figures 1 A to 8 of the drawings, a bed, in accordance with the invention is designated generally by the reference numeral 10.

The bed 10 includes a top layer 12, a bottom layer 14, guiding means in the form of a guiding system 16 for guiding the locating the top layer 12 relative to the bottom layer 14, sensing means in the form of a sensing system 18, a power source 20, temperature regulating means in the form of a temperature regulating system 22, and controlling means in the form of a controlling system 23, the purposes of which will be explained in more detail hereinbelow.

The top layer 12 includes a plurality of movable units 24 which are spaced apart from one another so as to form airflow passages therebetween, movable mounting means in the form of a movable mounting system 26 (see Figure 8) for movably mounting the plurality of movable units 24 to one another and a plurality of spaced apart magnetically responsive elements in the form of metal elements 28 (see Figure 3), the purpose of which will be explained in more detail hereinbelow.

As best illustrated in Figure 3 of the drawings, the movable units 24 are configured to be vertically movable relative to one another, in an in-use configuration of the bed 10. The movable units 24 of the top layer 12 include a supporting structure 30 for supporting a user thereon and a pair of spaced apart channel formations 29, the purpose of which will be explained below. The supporting structure 30 of the movable units 24 includes supportive resilient material for cushioning the user. The resilient material of the supporting structure 30 may be conventional cushioning material used in the mattress industry. The movable units 24 further include a material of high magnetic permeability 31 (see Figure 3), the purpose of which will be explained in more detail hereinbelow. Referring to Figures 3,6 and 8 of the drawings, the movable mounting system 26 of the top layer 12 includes a number of movable mounting element 32 for movable mounting two adjacent movable units 24 to one another. As best shown in Figure 6 of the drawings, each movable mounting element 32 comprises a central support structure 34 having a square configuration. Each element 32 further includes four support arms 36 having a middle region connected to a particular one of the corners of the central support structure 34 such that each arm 36 project outwardly from an associated corner of the central support structure 34. Each element 32 further includes mounting formations in the form of spherical balls 38 fixedly connected to free ends of the arms 36, the purpose of which will be explained in more detail hereinbelow.

The movable mounting system 26 of the top layer 12 further includes complementary mounting formations in the form of cylindrical passage formations 40 (see Figure 3) extends along side regions of each adjacent unit 26. The passage formations 40 are configured for slidably receiving the spherical ball 38 of an associated mounting element 32 therein in a snug sliding fit. The passage formations 40 have passage ends 41 (see Figure 3) at opposite ends of the passage formations 40 for blocking movement of the spherical ball 38 so as to limit displacement of adjacent movable units 24 relative to one another.

As illustrated in Figure 6 of the drawings, the arms 36 of each mounting element 32 are received in an associated one of the channel formations 29 of two adjacent movable units 24.

As best illustrated in Figures 3, 5, 7 and 8 of the drawings, in use, each spherical ball 38 is configured to cooperate with an associated one of the passage formations 40 of the adjacent units 24 such that the mounting element 32 may be located, in use, between the two adjacent movable units 24 for movably mounting the movable units 24 to one another as will be explained in more detail hereinbelow.

As best illustrated in Figure 3 of the drawings, each metal elements 28 is located below the supporting structure 30, in the in-use configuration of the bed.

Referring to Figures 1 A, 1 B, 3 and 5 to 8 of the drawings, the bottom layer 14 is disposed, in the in-use configuration of the bed 10, beneath the top layer 12 and includes a plurality of electromagnets 42 for magnetically cooperating with an associated one of the metal elements 28 to provide for the magnetic levitation of the movable units 24.

The electromagnets 42 are spaced an equal distance apart from one another. As best seen from Figure 3, the bottom layer 14 further includes a plurality of recesses 44, with the electromagnets 42 of the bottom layer 14 being located, in use, within the recesses 44. In use, each electromagnet 42 is associated with an associated one of the recesses 44 , the recesses 44 and the electromagnets 42 are arranged such that each electromagnet 42 cooperates with an associated one of the metal elements 28 to provide for the magnetic levitation of the movable units 24.

More specifically, the electromagnets 42 are movably mounted to the bottom layer. As such, the bottom layer 14 further includes a plurality of displacing elements in the form of pistons 46 configured and arranged for vertically displacing the

electromagnets 42 relative to the bottom layer 14, in the in-use configuration of the bed 10. The pistons 46 are mounted to the electromagnets 42 for displacing the electromagnets 42 relative to the bottom layer 14. As such, each piston 46 is movably mounted within an associated one of the recesses 44 of the bottom layer 14. As such, the pistons 46 are configured for displacing the electromagnets 42 between a deployed condition in which the electromagnets 42 extend outwardly from the associated recess 44 (see second and third piston 42 of Figure 3) and a stowed condition in which the electromagnets 42 are stowed within the associated recess 44 (see first piston 42 from the left of Figure 3). The pistons 46 are hydraulically operated as will be explained in more details hereinbelow.

Referring to Figures 1 A, 1 B, 1 C and 2 of the drawings, as previously mentioned, the guiding system 16 is configured for guiding the vertical position of the top layer 12 relative to the bottom layer 14. The guiding system 16 includes three guiding formations in the form of guiding rods 48 to which the top layer 12 and the bottom layer 14 are movably mounted. The guiding system 16 further includes

corresponding apertures 49 defined in the top layer 12 (see Figure 1 A) and the bottom layer 14 (see Figure 1 C) and within which the guiding rods 48 are slidingly received. Each guiding rod 48.1 , 48.2, and 48.3 is has a cylindrical rod-like configuration and includes a sprung boss 50 (see Figures 1 A, 1 B, 1 C, and 2). The sprung boss 50 limits the displacement of the top layer 12 relative to the bottom layer 14 as the top layer 12 is stopped by the boss 50 when the top layer 12 is displaced against the boss 50. More specifically, in use, a user must first depress the sprung boss 50 to enable the top layer 12 to be separated from the bottom layer 14. In this regards, it will be understood that the sprung boss 50 when not depressed cannot be

accommodated in the apertures 49 and accordingly the sprung boss 50 prevents separation of the top layer 12 from the bottom layer 14, unless the sprung boss 50 is depressed by the user.

As best illustrated in Figure 3 of the drawings, the sensing system 18 includes a number of heat sensors 52 and proximity sensors 54. The heat sensors 52 and the proximity sensors 54 are mounted to the bottom layer and more particularly, to an underside of the movable units 24. The purposes of the heat sensors 52 and the proximity sensors 54 will be explained in more detail hereinbelow.

The power source 20 (see Figure 1 C) is configured for connection to a domestic power supply or power outlet for supplying electrical power to the electromagnets 42. The power source 20 includes a backup power supply configured to supply electric power to the electromagnets 42 if the domestic power supply is interrupted.

With reference to Figure 1 C of the drawings, the temperature regulating system 22 is configured for regulating a temperature of various regions of the top layer 12. The temperature regulating system 22 comprises three equally spaced heating and cooling elements located at the bottom layer as best illustrated in Figure 1 C of the drawings. It will be appreciated that there may be more or less heating and cooling elements depending on the requirements.

The controlling system 23 is configured for controlling displacement of the pistons 46, thereby to control displacement of the movable units 24 relative to one another. Furthermore, the controlling system 23 is further configured for controlling the electromagnets 42 so as to control a strength of the magnetic field generated by the electromagnets 42, thereby to control levitation of the movable units 24. In use, the Applicant envisages that the movable units 24 can be controlled by controlling in combination the displacement of the pistons 46 and a strength of the magnetic field generated by the electromagnets 42 to enable precise control of the movable units 24. More specifically, the Applicant envisages that the controlling system 23 can be pre-programmed to permit:

(a) the movable units 24 to take up a static position, such as, for example, a

totally horizontal position, diagonally planar or, alternatively, a slight curve configuration to accommodate the curved spine of a user;

(b) a moving configuration wherein the movable units move relative to one

another yet maintain a flat, planar or diagonally planar configuration in the top layer of the bed;

(c) a fluid configuration wherein the movable units 24 are displaced sequentially so as to produce a continuous wave like motion or strong or gentle swaying of the top layer 12; and

(d) a static position of a wave or other configuration wherein the movable units maintain a static position and are vertically displaced relative to one another

The Applicant envisages that the fluid configuration (particularly the top layer’s moveable units) is highly advantageous as it greatly enhances the user’s comfort and enjoyment of the bed 10. In this regard, the Applicant believes that the fluid configuration is made possible due to the movable units. The Applicant further believes that the user’s comfort and enjoyment is greatly enhanced due to the combination of the displacement of the pistons 46 and controlling a strength of the magnetic field generated by the electromagnets 42. This is because the user can opt to control the top layer by one or a combination of (i) the electromagnetic repulsion or (ii) the pistons. Apart from the aesthetic and comfort effects of the fluid, moving or static configurations of the top layer, the fluid, moving or static configurations can have therapeutic applications for a user such as promoting blood flow, joint and muscle health.

The Applicant envisages that, in use, the controlling system 23 will have a number of predefined or programmable settings which permits the user to select a desired setting or program to enhance the experience of the user. The Applicant further envisages that, in use, the controlling system 23 will also permit the user to customise their own settings as desired. Furthermore, the controlling system 23 will permit the user to select a program of setting for a desired period of time, for example, the user may select a slow rocking motion for a desired time to assist the user to fall asleep or set an auto-activation time of a particular setting at a particular time to assist with waking up.

The Applicant further envisages that the controlling system 23 will receive feedback from the proximity sensors 54, so as to permit the controlling system 23 to control the displacement of the pistons 46 and a strength of the magnetic field generated by the electromagnets 42, in response to feedback received from the proximity sensors 54.

The controlling system 23 further includes temperature controlling means configured for controlling a temperature of the heating and cooling elements of the temperature regulating system 22. The Applicant further envisages that, in use, the controlling system 23 will receive feedback from the heat sensors 52, so as to permit the controlling system 23 to control the heating and cooling elements of the temperature regulating system 22.

In use, the location of the heating and cooling elements of the temperature regulating system 22 and particularly, the spacing between the movable units 24 particularly provides for enhanced air flow to the user to provide for efficient heating and cooling of the user, in use. In this regard, it will be appreciated that the spacing between the movable units 24 define airflow passages through which heated or cooled air can flow towards the user.

The bed 10 further includes a speaker system (not shown) for broadcasting sound, such as, for example, music.

In use, the material of high magnetic permeability 31 is arranged above the electromagnets 42 in the in-use configuration of the bed 10, in order to shield the user and electronic devices of the user from a magnetic field of the electromagnets 42.

In use, the Applicant envisages that the movable mounting system 26 will maintain a vertical position of the top layer 12 relative to the bottom layer 14 so as to constantly ensure that the electromagnets 42 and associated metal elements 28 are perfectly aligned with respect to one another. As such, the Applicant envisages that the movable mounting system 26 is particularly important as the movable mounting system 26 will particularly ensure that there is no transfer of a vertical vector component of the magnetic forces exerted on the metal elements 28 by the electromagnets 42, thereby to ensure that the only force transferred by the electromagnets 42 and associated metal elements 28 is the vertical levitating force.

The Applicant has found that the movable units 24 are advantageous as they allow for the precise control of the supporting surface upon which the user is supported, in use.

Furthermore, the Applicant has found that the movable units 24 are advantageous as they permit stabilization of the movable units 24 under the influence of magnetic forces acting on the movable units when the movable units are magnetically levitated, in use. In this regard, it will be appreciated that the movable units 24 are stabilized and resist vertical motion, due to the vertical stabilization of each movable unit due to connection with the adjacent movable units.

In use, the Applicant envisages that the guiding system 16 will particularly, permit the user to remove the top layer 12 and replace the top layer 12 with an additional top layer (not shown). As such, the Applicant envisages that the bed 10 may be supplied with a number of additional top layers (not shown), each top layer (not shown) of the additional top layers (not shown) having a supporting structure (not shown) having different firmness and other material characteristics. As such, the user can select a particular top layer (not shown) having the desired firmness and other material characteristics.

In use, the Applicant envisages that the backup power supply of the power source 20 will be operable to supply electric power to the electromagnets 42 if the domestic power supply is interrupted, for example during a power failure. As such, the

Applicant envisages that if the domestic power supply is interrupted, the controlling system 23 will utilize the backup power supply of the power source 20 to gently displace the pistons 46 into their retracted positions and gently reduce the strength of the magnetic field generated by the electromagnets 42, so as to permit the top layer 12 to gently come to rest on top of the bottom layer 14 without causing injury or alarm to the user.

The user envisages that the various systems of the bed 10 can be controlled by the user via a mobile device applications, such as, for example, the power source 20, 22 temperature regulating system, speaker system and 23 controlling system.

Specific examples of systems, methods and apparatus have been described herein for purposes of illustration. These are only examples. The technology provided herein can be applied to systems other than the example systems described above. Many alterations, modifications, additions, omissions and permutations are possible within the practice of this invention. This invention includes variations on described embodiments that would be apparent to the skilled addressee, including variations obtained by: replacing features, elements and/or acts with equivalent features, elements and/or acts; mixing and matching of features, elements and/or acts from different embodiments; combining features, elements and/or acts from embodiments as described herein with features, elements and/or acts of other technology; and/or omitting combining features, elements and/or acts from described embodiments.

It is therefore intended that the following appended claims and claims hereafter introduced are interpreted to include all such modifications, permutations, additions, omissions and sub-combinations as may reasonably be inferred. The scope of the claims should not be limited by the preferred embodiments set forth in the examples but should be given the broadest interpretation consistent with the description.