Sleep Capsules

More ZZZZZs for less $$$$$s

Procrustes, a character in Greek mythology, stretched or lopped the limbs off unsuspecting wayfarers to make them fit the bed in his lair. Texas Businessman Charles McLaren, 40, has an only slightly less ingenious plan for solving housing problems. His proposal: the sleeping module, or MAC1 (for mini-accommodation center), a 4-ft. by 4-ft. by 8-ft. plastic capsule fitted out like a miniature hotel room.

The concept of the sleeping module came from Japan, where 100 budget-price "capsule hotels" have become popular among thrifty business travelers and other customers since...

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