Our team decided to create a technology to
wake us without grogginess and/or let us stay awake for long time periods.
The Web led us to Provigil©. There were no sleep aids without
side effects, so we hypothesized that a new drug could induce sleep safely.
We thought of using a “nanotruck” to take drugs to the brain but
decided (1) that it was confusing. We then researched cells with nanovalves
to deliver drugs. Once the idea of an adhesive band to deliver drugs was discussed,
we thought about the design of the drug delivery band. During research, we
found the Georgia Tech work on microneedles. We decided on these rather than
an adhesive (2) or nanovalves (3). We bought a watch for a prototype and we
designed button functions, face changes, and Sculpey© clay drug
disks. The logo was designed with awake and asleep eyes. Our first version
looked scary (4). The final version was done with the computer. We knew we
needed a small computer and battery, so we researched conducting polymers
We asked a doctor from the Sleep Medicine
& Research Center to be our mentor. She encouraged us to make our new
drug Prosleep capable of activating non-REM and REM sleep.
Designing the Web pages was not hard. We
used Dreamweaver© and Flash© from Macromedia©.
We met once a week for four months to complete our entry.
BCB by SST Technologies
The "nanotruck" idea was discarded
The first atempt at drawing eyes turned scary