When I first heard the word ‘shadow’ mentioned then I initially conjured up images of my halcyon youth, namely the early 1970s with its pre-politically correct world.
I remember when a cult TV sci-fi programme series called ‘UFO‘ by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson first appeared on British television with its sexy demure-looking ladies with purple hair dressed in futuristic skin tight space uniforms, spinning top condiment UFO’s, and lots of shiny metallic tin foil everywhere.
Fast forward to over 40 years later where we are expected to recycle it all.
The Shadow Kickstarter project
Shadow is an open software mobile application that helps you remember and record your dreams.
“Yet, we forget 95% of our dreams within five minutes of waking up.”
Hunter Lee Soik is the maker behind Shadow. He is based in New York.
The project itself was successfully funded on Kickstarter in November 2013 last year after raising $82,577 of the intended $50k target goal.
This target meant that Shadow could be developed for the 3 main platforms used in Smartphone technology, namely Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile.
However iOS will be developed first.
The $80k stretch goal achievement meant that Shadow could now have an extra addition known as the ‘Smarter Smart Alarm Clock’ feature.
How it works
The Shadow uses a function called ‘actigraphy‘ which is based on traditional motion sensor technology built in your smartphone to track your sleeping pattern, except the Shadow app will use additional sleep cycle data based on the user for more accuracy.
According to its maker, Shadow is essentially an alarm clock at heart, but one with beautiful advanced features.
Escalating alarms are used to wake you up slowly during the transition stage of sleep between sleep and wakefulness. This is the stage commonly known as the hypnopompic state.
When awake the Shadow app prompts you to record your dream either by voice, text or question.
The voice will be transcribed into a text box.
If you cannot remember your dreams very well the app can give you a series of 5 to 10 questions to hopefully jog your memory.
Once your dream is recorded then you can keep it private, or decide who to share it with.
You can even upload and share with the rest of the dream community.
With regular use of the Shadow smartphone app it is hoped the person would gain self-knowledge and an eventual understanding through their own dreams.
One of the main goals of the Shadow project is to help organise and create the largest dream knowledge database in the world.
Amongst the many advisors to the project are Ryan Hurd MA, dream researcher and author.
Stephen Fabregas, a former product manager and research scientist at ZEO.
This depends on the amount you pledged. For example if you pledged $100 ‘Platinum Circle’ then you were expected to receive the app in December 2013.
You become a card carrying member of the Shadow dream community when you pledge $8, then you will have to wait until April 2014 at the earliest.
(Note: Not including any shipping costs which are extra.)
As stated earlier one of the main goals is to create a worldwide dream database. We on the whole feel this is generally a good thing although like with any system there could be issues and abuses.
For the plus side it could be used for the viability of dream sharing and OBE experimentation, etc.
The down side is security and who would have exclusive access to all that information over time. Although personal data from dreams uploaded to the cloud would be stripped there would still be very lucrative statistics and information on consumer thinking, on trends, fashions, and lifestyle across people of all ages and genders worldwide.
How many more are dreaming of having a Coke over Pepsi or a Red Bull in Tokyo Japan, London England, or maybe Timbuktu.
An advertiser’s dream!
Just look at Facebook for example.
We hope that there is no dark ‘shado’ amongst the cloud’s silvery lining.