The "Vibe-Away" Project
In 2016, a pediatrician with UNC Healthcare requested a device for reducing pain associated with vaccinations, through a neurological process called "lateral inhibition". This happens when areas of the brain responsible for perceiving stimuli are activated, and they cause surrounding areas to be inhibited. Because of this, surrounding an area of skin with vibrating disks would make that area numb to the perception of pain and touch. This multi-step design and manufacturing project involved creating conceptual prototypes for patent figures, writing and submitting a provisional patent application, and developing multiple prototypes for clinical testing.