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.





Lightstone hack – update

16 11 2014

This follows on from my previous post about the Wild Divine Lightstone where I have included more detail about the sensors themselves in relation to my DreamJacker mask project.

Photosensor mounted in mask

Lightstone photo sensor mounted in mask

I have now also utilised a suitable IR led from an old remote control to act as the transmitter in order to reflect the light off my closed eyelid and back on to the photoresistor. This signal is then fed to the Lightstone interface which acts as an analogue to digital converter with hardware connection to my computer via a short usb cable.

Lucidcode do already have a suitable plugin to monitor the heartbeat and GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) by using the standard finger electrodes originally supplied with the Lightstone, including software intended for the later IOM versions.

Lucid Scribe heart trace screenshot using Lightstone electrodes

Lucid Scribe screenshot showing heartbeat via Lightstone electrodes

However Michael kindly updated the plugin by adding the necessary code to create a new channel ‘IR LED REM’ which is especially intended for this project. (Lightstone IOM 0.9.8)

Read more about the Lightstone hack.





What’s the Frequency Kenneth?

5 11 2014

(An idea for an electromechanical 40 Hz tACS generator stage)

 

This is based around the science of using an AC electric motor as a dynamo or generator in the same way how turbines work in modern power stations to create electricity at 50 or 60 cycles per second or hertz.

A power station

However I thought I would devise a quick experiment using a spare AC synchronised motor used in a central heating system to test my theory of trying to create a clean sine wave like in the recent Voss lucid dream lab study; nothing else. Read the rest of this entry »