December 11, 2007 1:41 pm

As anyone who’s ever been on a seemingly endless international flight can attest, long-distance travel is a pain. The plane is always crowded, there’s never enough leg room, and comfortable sleeping is nearly impossible.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of Time Magazine’s Inventions of the Year, could change all that.

The 250-seat airplane features bigger windows, better air pressure and humidity, and yes, more legroom. Not only that – the plane’s unique structuring uses 20% less fuel than other planes its size.

Delivery of the Dreamliner is still a year away, but that hasn’t stopped companies from placing orders for them en masse. The plane is sold out until 2014!

We at InventHelp® are big fans of more comfortable traveling, but what we need now is an easier way to wake up once we’ve reached our destination. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who loves waking up to the sound of an alarm!

Two inventors who particularly hated the alarm clock came up with a way to wake up more naturally. Eoin McNally and Ian Walton invented the glo Pillow, which uses nothing but light to wake you up. The pillow features LEDs that start glowing gradually to simulate a real sunrise, kick-starting your circadian rhythm.

I’d take anything over the horrible BEEP BEEP of my alarm! For more information, visit the glo Pillow Web site.

Check back with us this week for the last of our installments on Time Magazine’s Inventions of the Year.

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