Flying coach (as most of us do) can be an uncomfortable way travel, but many designers are hard at work crafting ways to make the experience more bearable. Take Dutch industrial designer Manon Kühne and her creation, HeadRest. The device sits on the back of a standard airline seat and folds out with two wings that form a small hammock where you can place your weary head. It also features two supports on both ends to offer additional privacy, and a way to keep your noggin from tipping over onto your seatmate’s shoulder. Kühne designed HeadRest with the idea of making economy class a better place for travelers.

HeadRest was Kühne's thesis project at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology, where she’s a recent graduate. She created it with Zodiac Aerospace’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Lab, which owns the rights to the prototype and, as WIRED noted, will probably take it to airlines that could install HeadRest on commercial flight seats in the future. During the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Germany this year, Kühne also won a Crystal Cabin Award, which is the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation.

[h/t Boing Boing]