Luciding: the modern day Pied Piper

16 06 2017

The Hamelin legend from folklore now has a technological twist. This piper plays a ‘neuromodulated’ tune to their intended audience from the safety of the crowdfunding soapbox. A spell is cast over the intended neophytes using specially charged incantations such as VR, Inception and the socially engineered LuCiD scale – all available on an app.

Inception or deception - sleep headband

The ‘apostles’ are easily LED astray. Blinded by false promises of guaranteed lucidity, they are easily persuaded do their master’s bidding and part with their gold, never to be seen again. The winners of this campaign are Luciding and of course Kickstarter themselves who take a commission.

Currently just under 200 lemmings have duly hurled themselves over the cliff unknowingly into the void, in the hope of a false awakening. In hindsight a quick ‘reality check’ could have saved them from the abyss, or the nightmare of an empty wallet due to another possible Kickstarter scam.

In over two years time these same backers will likely be kept waiting still, or own a $350 silicon ‘brick’ with Velcro straps which they can wear to bed. No doubt there will be a placebo result after the headaches and the bank manager have gone away.

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$ixo, First in-dream sex simulator

3 06 2017

Here is another crowdfunding (scam?) campaign currently taking place on Indiegogo. Again it is targeted at the usual sleep, health and fitness part of the market spectrum. This area also includes lucid dreaming use and the virtual reality markets.

Sixo in-dream sex simulation technology

 

The company Sixo draws on the relationship of sound and the possible incubation effect of when people fall asleep in front of the TV when it is left on. However the results from just television alone are inconsistent. Hence this is why the concept for Sixo came about and the need by the creators to raise $10,000 within a month.

Currently this figure stands at a paltry 85 dollars, or 1% of the total pledged so far.

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Kickstarter dreams – A blank ‘reality’ cheque?

30 05 2017

Crowdfunding and sleep projects I feel, especially lucid dream-related ones seem to be all the rage nowadays. It has got to the mind-numbing stage where even more tactics are used to get the funding by all means necessary, including all the fake news or reviews, along with the latest pseudo-scientific buzzwords in technology; plus it must have an app that does everything, but nothing as well.

luciding pound sign logo

 

Take  the term ‘neuromodulation’ for example.  One outfit called Luciding have taken this buzzword to heart. I guess to them it all sounds very scientific and plausible, in comparison with ‘brain zapping’ which conjures up all manner of negative associations such as ‘electric shock treatment’ or therapy in the real world today.

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Wireless mouse to eye mask modification

20 05 2017

Followers and readers of my blog may well remember my previous optical mouse hack for REM eye movement detection and lucid dreaming back in August 2014. That project known as DreamCaptcha relied on a direct USB connection to a nearby computer. Hopefully after having a bit more time I can now move on from that limitation by experimenting with a wireless mouse set-up instead.

modified wireless mouse dream mask

Optical wireless mouse prototype

 

The layout and construction is very similar to the earlier USB mouse hack. In fact I kept the milk carton shell and the elastic as before. Even the white tack to temporarily hold the base in is taken from that project era. However there were obvious benefits and certain obstacles to overcome during the whole modification process, most of which included the weight and power considerations, amongst others.

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Aladdin sane – another tACS pantomime

28 10 2016

Here is yet another lucid dream induction device to hit the crowdfunding market this year.

The prototype featured here is called the Aladdin Lucid Dream Stimulator by the aptly-named Aladdin Dreamer Inc. of Scottsdale Arizona, USA.

aladdin dream headband

The creators need at least $250,000 pledged by the end of the campaign on November 30th 2016. Shipment is expected a year later in autumn 2017.

Going on the current trend this seems ambitious, considering the lack of vital information.

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The Lucid Dreamer: crowdfunding campaign cancelled

28 10 2016

Yesterday Neuromodulation Technologies B.V. sensationally pulled the plug on their already successful Kickstarter campaign for their Lucid Dreamer tACS prototype with less than 3 weeks to go, even though the €100k target had been easily met.

lucid dreamer eeg tacs induction device

It seems that further testing had not gone to plan which seemed to worry the creators. This is on the back of the 2014 Voss tACS study into lucid dreams which had been lauded by the sheep mentality amongst us to be ‘the Holy Grail of lucid dreaming’, ‘the lucid dreamer’s default standard’, or ‘the scientific breakthrough’ bar none. Read the rest of this entry »





iBand plu$ rides out – again!

27 10 2016

First the good news. Arenar, the people behind the iBand+ EEG lucid dream sleep tracker have successfully finished their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today.

iBand plus EEG lucid dream sleep tracker headband

But guess what? It looks like €644,249 raised from 3,958 backers is not enough, since there is now a sneaky redirect to a new Indiegogo campaign for the iBand plus from the original Kickstarter page disguised as a big green CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW! button. Read the rest of this entry »