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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Halovision – dream like a boss!

28 01 2016

Michael of Lucid Code has refined his own REM detection system project known as Halovision which is great news for us interested in sleep and dream research.

Halograph dream headband with camera

The device measures subtle electrooculography (EOG) muscle changes by means of a small 5 megapixel camera over the eye which records your eyelid movements digitally frame by frame via your associated computer device. Read the rest of this entry »





Kitchen timer hack

18 07 2015

I had the idea of using a programmable timer for lucid dreaming or sleep exploration quite a while back. Recently I even thought of purchasing something along the lines of a wearable Gymboss fitness type trainer as it can be multi-programmed with different timings, has a short ringing alarm bleep and even features a built-in vibration motor.

However during my travels I came about a cheap kitchen timer generally used for cooking from a local charity shop in town.

kitchen timer

 

I didn’t say what I wanted it for, plus I’m useless in the kitchen. I was tempted to ask if it came with the Jolly Roger Cookbook. The latter which most schoolkids had as a bootleg copy on floppy disk for the Commodore Amiga back in the days before Google. Read the rest of this entry »





DIY NPT Dreamer

28 05 2015

I decided to revisit an old project of mine from last year after being inspired by the NPT Lucid Dreamer which is currently running on Kickstarter.

Basically to recap from my previous post, the crowdfund device relies on nocturnal penile tumescence during REM sleep periods for an erection to push apart a set of magnetic contacts, activate a switch and hopefully make you aware that you are dreaming, via means of an audio file played back for you to hear whilst still asleep and not wake you up.

I decided my idea instead would be to target post-WBTB (Wake Back to Bed) where the REM periods are longer and more frequent rather than at the start of the night.

Do it yourself npt lucid dream collar device

NPT collar with integral vibrator

 

Sleeping and/or resting positions when trying to ‘wear’ the device would however be limited to mainly the supine or possibly lying on the side only. This coupled with the awkwardness of the prototype device make things a bit impracticable to say the least. Read the rest of this entry »





Lucid Dreamachine – Mk I

10 04 2015

This is a project I have wanted to try and build for a good while now. I have researched it on the net to the point where I have managed to source a turntable really cheap along with some suitable materials from my local arts and craft store.

Lucid dream machine turntable

 

Readers should note that this is a bespoke prototype which currently resembles a very arty looking lampshade whilst I let the paint dry. Read the rest of this entry »





Tri-colour mask and diffuser

19 02 2015

This is basically an addendum to my earlier i-cup project where I initially used a tri-coloured LED for a single ganzfeld eye mask.

 

Tri-colour LED mask layout

I decided to use an LED pair inside a mask made from two individual plastic left and right cups respectively. Read the rest of this entry »





Deepaks a real punch

22 11 2014

The latest Lucid Scribe plugin for use with the Wild Divine Lightstone is now available thanks to Michael.

This will give my project more flexibility due to the lower threshold now offered, without having to modify the hardware or increase the LED light output to otherwise gain the extra reflected sensitivity.

 Lucid Scribe screenshot of waking closed eye-movement via the new plugin

Screenshot of Lucid Scribe showing waking closed eye-movement via the new plugin

This doesn’t make the previous version of the plugin redundant however.

On the contrary, this now gives me the extra option of tailoring the sensor design further should I wish to, including the idea of maybe swapping the photoresistor for a suitable photodiode instead.

The latest Lightstone IOM v0.9.9 plugin is now available from Lucidcode here.