Inspiration and what it does
"USleepin?" is a Google Chrome Extension inspired by a research study conducted by the Imperial College of London, which showed the impact of sleep deprivation on physical reaction time, working memory, and productivity. In this extension, users have the ability to select time intervals between 15 minutes to 1 hour. Each time that the user's selected time interval elapses, a popup will appear and direct the user to an interactive response stimulus which records their reaction times. After playing the response game, users can view the analytics and history of their response time plotted on a graph to visualize the effects of sleep deprivation on their alertness. The anticipated audience of this app would be college students who regularly or occasionally need to stay up to complete assignments or study for exams. It can also be applied to individuals who practice unhealthy sleeping habits because the app can quantify how their productivity and work is negatively impacted by their tiredness.
The purpose of this app is to allow users to identify when their alertness is no longer at peak performance and they should really, as we say, "go to sleep ya fool!"
How we built it
Most PNG images were designed on Adobe Illustrator with a Intuos drawing tablet. Gifs were created as frame animations generated with Photoshop.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We are definitely proud of our ability to work as a team. We collaborated and communicated effectively and we all approached the Hackathon with a positive mindset, high spirits, and determination. We also played to each of our strengths which allowed us to not only produce a relatively polished finished product, but to also learn new things about the techniques and languages we were already familiar with. We are proud to have created an awesome new chrome extension with tons of exciting new ideas that are ready to be expanded upon.
What I learned
What's next for USleepin?
We have lots of exciting new things in store for "USleepin?" We hope to: make the game longer to better test the reaction speeds and attention spans of our users, save the history of past reaction speed attempts, make a leaderboard showcasing user's top reaction speed times, improve the alert system of our extension by making alerts appear at the bottom of page, change the time buttons to sliders ( so there is more flexibility to specify desired time intervals), generate a page that yells at the user to GO SLEEP when the user's reaction speed falls below an average threshold and add a larger variety of games to keep users on their toes. Future applications of "USleepin?" include: sharing the app with the student body so that they can be more conscience of their sleep health, publicizing the app as an accessible tool for sleep and cognitive function research, and adding more sheep gifs to maximize cute factor.