TEAM: Brandon Large – WATG
Maximizing sleep efficiency for the future urban condition
Average hours of sleep a night: 3
Competition in the Global economy has grown out of proportion. As a result, Generation Alpha has seen the typical work day double.
With a large population of workers splitting their time between distant urban centers, the city is no longer able to supply the demand for short term accommodations. Though the average sleep night has diminished to three hours, exhausted traveling workers continue in search of a place to sleep after their work day has come to an end.
REMPOD was first conceived in 2025 as a way of maximizing the efficiency of a single REM cycle. Derived from the “Float tanks” of the 1950’s, REMPOD sought to utilizes Sensory Deprivation as a means of propelling users into deep sleep, allowing for mind and body revitalization within a single REM cycle.
Upon Activation, the REMPOD fills with water at containing a high concentration of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) at a density of 1.25. This, along with the assistance of a buoy flotation mask insures that the user with be able to keep their head above water while at rest. The walls are sound proof to ensure no noise pollution from the bustling city. The temperature is kept at exactly 37 degrees Celsius and no light enters the pod, providing users with a surreal womb-like experience.
Attaching to existing midrise urban buildings, REMPOD utilizes the buildings infrastructure as means for water filtration, vertical circulation, and structural support. As a new income appliance, the sleep pod can be purchased and fitted onto existing buildings as an additional means of income for host units. Amenities include a shower, and a small storage space for the day’s baggage.