Project Aurora – update

10 01 2014
Aurora dream-enhancing headband

Aurora: The dream-enhancing headband

IWinks, the company behind the Aurora dream-enhancing headband have made an exciting announcement on their official Kickstarter home page today regarding an important upgrade to its future product.

According to the makers behind the project, you will no longer require the use of a smartphone or computer to use it, although they do state that the Aurora app is necessary to set up the smart alarm clock, adjust light and sound cues, intensity levels and other fun, user-specific features.

This is quite a big bold step which is likely to fuel more interest from likely backers who may have been sitting on the fence. Previously the embedded solution had only been offered as a $300k ‘stretch goal’ target.

Clearly the goalposts have been moved in the backers favour at last.

Other features will include greater battery life (100 times more efficient relative to any prototype claimed.)

Greater LED control for more dazzling light effects.

A developer will able to utilize sleep stage, biosense, and accelerometer data with the onboard computer microprocessor in the headband package.

There are only 11 days to go for the Kickstarter campaign itself. The $90k funding goal has already been reached as we have already pointed out in our earlier blog post.

 Nightmare by Henry Fuseli

How the Aurora might be used to control nightmares

We at LDA cannot wait to see one of these headbands come to fruition as according to the claims so far, there is nothing out there to compete with it, seeing there is no news still regarding the much anticipated and overdue Novadreamer 2 from the Lucidity Institute.

Some readers may remember the NeuroDreamer sleep mask by Mitch Altman which was funded on Kickstarter back in July 2012.

The NeuroDreamer however is a brain ‘entrainment’ device which relies on binaural beats, synchronised light and sounds, etc. rather than REM detection, although the mask could be used for meditation and lucid dream induction.

We hope project Aurora (like its namesake) is not a black project ‘in the air’ so to speak.

See the feature on Mashable.com

Read more about the Kickstarter upgrade here

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2 responses

21 01 2014
Tw

Be careful of what you wish (dream) for! As I understand it, this devise helps people become more aware of their dreams, intensifying the experience so they can later remember and study their dreams.
I came here hoping to find a way toward a LESS intense nightly dream state. I have extreme difficulty in achieving quieter dream experiences and progressing beyond REM sleep to the more restful, restorative sleep states. The associated sleep deprivation is debilitating. The effects on memory, energy, social interaction, business and family are immense.
As one who has a decades-long, medically treated “disability”, I offer this warning — be careful of what you “dream” for! @-) Tw

22 01 2014
Lucid Dream Art

IWinks, the people behind the Aurora headband hope to create a tool to aid a person to realise they are dreaming via external visual and auditory cues which will be programmable.
It relies on the EILD (Externally Induced Lucid Dream) induction principle where an external cue will create a dreamsign.
However it is still up to the person to remember and recall their dreams, for which a journal is needed.
I do share your concerns though. You raise a good point. Bad sleep is bad for your health.
Lucid dreaming should never be seen as a form of escapism. A person embarking on such ‘training’ should always listen to their body and get adequate rest when required. Lucid dreaming should enhance your life and not control it. All things in moderation.
Also one should always get medical advice before taking dream-enhancing supplements. Make sure you are not allergic to anything. Do your research beforehand. It is better to be safe than sorry!
I personally only try and remember my dreams during the longer rem periods in the morning. I try not to interfere with the first half of the night which is where I get my best sleep.
I also think that iWinks need to issue a warning or some form of disclaimer in regard to possible strobing sequences from the mounted LED’s, as there can be photosensitive epileptic risks in some people.

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