The Lucid Dreamer’s Guide to the Cosmos – Daniel Love

29 05 2016

Book - Lucid dreamer's guide to the cosmos

 

Currently running on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform is this interesting book project by the author and UK lucid dream enthusiast Daniel Love.

Now before you all roll your eyes, run to the hills and throw your arms up in the air shouting “another lucid dream guide book!” whilst hitting the back arrow button then just hear me out for a moment. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





Ocular drawing in Adobe Illustrator

23 01 2016

As an artist I wanted to note my eye muscle movements as a digital line drawing whilst I did an actual pencil sketch on ordinary paper.

 

Ocular response drawing on Adobe Illustrator

Ocular response using Adobe Illustrator

The main bulk of the activity is shown in the centre of the digital drawing which reminds me more like a signature overall.

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Foc.us v2 – lucid daydreaming?

27 09 2015

Readers may remember the original foc.us headset launched back in 2013 which used tDCS technology to offer a new gaming experience.

By applying a small controlled DC electric current to the user’s brain the idea is to improve overall cognitive performance through reaction times, etc. This unfortunately is known as ‘brain zapping’ and ‘overclocking’ – terminology that is more reminiscent of ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) and compares the human brain as a machine to that of a CPU in a computer.

foc.us docking station

foc.us v2 docking station

 

Technology has moved rapidly since, (Lucidity Institute take note) to the point where health, fitness and sleep gadget wearables which interact with the user and associated smartphone technology are all the rage on crowdfunding sites and the Internet in general. 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 »





Kokoon – The world’s first EEG headphone

29 06 2015

Kokoon headphones
 

This exciting project currently running on Kickstarter has raised over 1 million U.S. dollars already with 11 days still remaining to the point where well over 5000+ people are backing the prototype featured in the successful campaign.

Kokoon had an initial goal set at $100k which was easily surpassed.

The product itself is mainly aimed at helping you sleep by tailoring the audio accordingly whilst providing external noise cancelling and comfort. Smartphone technology is used to track and monitor your sleep via Bluetooth wireless.

An associated app can be used for lucid dreaming by way of an audio trigger on REM detection as well as relaxation, meditation, polyphasic and sleep learning programs. 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 »