Why the company behind Lucidcatcher are ‘fake news’

20 09 2017

Donald Trump used the term ‘fake news’ for any criticism – constructive or otherwise, labelled against him by the global media. So anything he disliked ended up either with this disparaging tag, or being totally discredited as being false or made up.

However it seems that Trump is not the only person who likes to be in control of what is said about them according to the latest reports on various social media platforms.

Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump (Source via premiumtimesng.com)

 

The same can be said about the tech company Luciding who successfully funded a crowdfunding campaign recently for their (so-called) Lucidcatcher device. This device is in the form of an electronic headband that is claimed to induce lucid dreams at will via brain zapping electrodes at a set frequency of 40 Hz. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kickstarter dreams – A blank ‘reality’ cheque?

30 05 2017

Crowdfunding and sleep projects I feel, especially lucid dream-related ones seem to be all the rage nowadays. It has got to the mind-numbing stage where even more tactics are used to get the funding by all means necessary, including all the fake news or reviews, along with the latest pseudo-scientific buzzwords in technology; plus it must have an app that does everything, but nothing as well.

luciding pound sign logo

 

Take  the term ‘neuromodulation’ for example.  One outfit called Luciding have taken this buzzword to heart. I guess to them it all sounds very scientific and plausible, in comparison with ‘brain zapping’ which conjures up all manner of negative associations such as ‘electric shock treatment’ or therapy in the real world today.

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Honey I shrunk the Aurora

26 11 2014

Anyone, whether a project backer or someone interested in lucid dreaming and associated technology who has been following the process of the Aurora, the dream-enhancing headband, apart from myself, could not fail to have noticed the delays in bringing the prototype to production.

Aurora dream without limits photo

This, so far has not proved too damaging. In fact it has only served to galvanise the people who have already made their pledges back in January 2014, considering the comment activity on Kickstarter.

The other reason is because after nearly one whole orbit of the home planet there is nothing yet on the market to rival it at present. Read the rest of this entry »





A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming – the book

12 07 2014

This publication is a collaboration between Thomas Piesel, Dylan Tuccillo, and Jared Zeizel, all three of them filmmakers and of course lucid dreamers.

A field guide to lucid dreaming book

The book illustrations are all by Mahendra Singh. You can see more of his work here.

 

Flying oneironaut sketch by Mahendra Singh

Flying oneironaut sketch by Mahendra Singh

 

History

The Kickstarter campaign itself originally started back in April 2011 with an initial $17,000 USD goal.

Interested parties offering help and expertise came forward which meant Peisel could lower the goal expectation, etc. to a more attainable $9000 dollar funding amount as he no longer had to start from scratch. However under Kickstarter rules this meant he had to cancel and subsequently re-launch the project again with the new revisions and pledge amounts.

For example an initial $50 pledge for the softback book, etc. now became $35 dollars instead.

The re-launch was backed by 661 enthusiastic individuals within the funding period. Thus after June 2011 the project itself successfully raised $27,576 USD with the primary aim to help at least 1000 people experience their first lucid dreams and go on to set up a companion website.

The team behind the project wanted to push the boundaries, that is ‘lucid dreaming,’ and in order for people to share their experiences on social media platforms like on the Facebook page for example.

Oneironautics- A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming

Promotional graphic showing original title

 

Hardback and softback editions of Oneironautics: A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming

Laudanum at the ready

 

Description (from Kickstarter)

 “Our book, Oneironautics: A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, is an illustrated guide for those wishing to learn how to lucid dream. In it you’ll find everything you need to know to have your first lucid dream, as well as practical advice on how to take it even further–what to do after you become lucid.

With the help of beautiful illustrations, our guide will teach you everything from flying with control, to dealing with dream characters, to shooting fireballs. It’ll even dive into the depths of nightmares and show you how you can turn them into your advantage. You’ll learn how to stabilize and guide your dreams as well as how to overcome common mistakes that beginning Oneironauts often face.

Our Goal

Being an oneironaut may sound like a hell of a lot of fun. And it is. But it’s so much more. Dreams are like mirrors of the mind, and exploring them can lead to deep realizations. As you journey over the foothills of this inner world, you’re exploring yourself. As a lucid dreamer, you’ll also be trying to answer an age-old question: What is dreaming anyway?

We hope to introduce lucid dreaming to the general public through an interesting and entertaining book. Specifically, our goal is to help 1,000 people experience and share their first lucid dreams. We believe if we can do this, we can begin to build a critical mass of Oneironauts and push the boundary of lucidity even further. We are also creating a companion website, which will allow readers to record their lucid dreams and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter. By donating to our Kickstarter project, you are helping to create the book and the companion website.”

 

The book itself was first published back in spring 2012 with shipping taking place just shortly after to 25 different countries globally.

Since, the book has been translated into various other languages including Spanish, Italian, Chinese, etc.

In English the book is now generally known today as “A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics” with the more familiar light blue sky and instantly recognisable ‘flying man’ illustration on the front cover.

 

Sample Chapters

Chapter 3 – History of dreaming.pdf

Chapter 9 – Becoming lucid.pdf

Chapter 17 – Defusing nightmares.pdf

 

For more information regarding the book

A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming

Mastering the Art of Oneironautics

By Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel and Thomas Peisel

Paperback/softback, 288 pages (Also available in Electronic book text and CD-Audio )

ISBN: 9780761177395 (0761177396)

Published by Workman Publishing

$12.95(US)

 

Note: Original book cover illustration © Workman Publishing Company/ Mahendra Singh.

Graphics courtesy of © Dreamlabs.io





The new Aurora headband – is it a rare magical sight, or a load of Borealis?

27 12 2013
The Aurora headband

The Aurora headband

Currently there is a project on Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding website which we at Lucid Dream Art find quite fascinating.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iwinks/the-aurora-dream-enhancing-headband

The Aurora is a ‘smart’ headband device (currently a prototype) which is worn on the head to track your sleep patterns using a clever algorithm.

It will play personalized lights and sounds during REM to help the user have ‘lucid’ dreams.

It can also act as a ‘smart’ alarm clock.

On Boxing Day 2013, iWinks LLC, the Californian-based team behind the Aurora project, along with the backers achieved the primary goal of $90,000 so the project is now officially funded.

 

Background

A lucid dream is a dream where a person realises they are dreaming whilst in a dream. This type of technology found in the Aurora headband is relatively unique with the combination of detection techniques employed.

It was Stephen LaBerge and his team at the Lucidity Institute who created the original NovaDreamer which relied on IR sensor LED technology to detect and flash bright red lights during REM periods back in the early 1990’s.

All these devices even the recent ones like the REMEE mask that uses a timer to flash the lights, rely on the creation of dream signs or ‘cues’ whilst the dream is happening (DILD.)

This is also known as EILD – External Induced Lucid Dream, where a device has been used to artificially been used to create the stimulus.

 

The People

The people behind the Aurora iWinks project are:

Daniel Schoonover – Founder and Hardware Engineer

Andrew Smiley – Founder and Software Engineer

Jack Payne – Creative Solutions

Danny Anderson – Application Developer

 

Newer Technology

The Aurora relies on brainwave detection (EEG,) motion detection (an Accelerometer,) eye-movement detection (EOG) along with measuring software along with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology for low power consumption and interfacing to other devices like your smartphone or computer-related device.

The app created by iWinks will allow the user to customise their own dreamsigns and cues with unlimited possibilities.

Three electrodes are used in the headband to detect the signals. The EEG used in the headband uses the Neurosky based amplifier chip.

This makes it unique and different to the earlier dream masks mentioned above.

 

Open API

According to iWinks, the headband will be programmable. The sensor readings and sleep-stage algorithm data will be accessible.

This opens up other possibilities including Biofeedback and Meditation uses for example.

This API will be known as The Open Sleep platform, giving use to code libraries, TCP/IP and WebSocket support.

 

The future

There is a $300k current stretch goal for the end of January 2014. This goal would mean that no smartphone would be needed as the algorithm would be embedded in the Aurora headband itself.

Manufacturing specifications will be finalized, and by spring 2014 the beta models will roll out for developers to test and evaluate.

The official shipment is currently in June 2014.

A conservative $175 per unit is quoted on the iWinks Kickstarter Home page, although savvy purchasers (by backing) can still buy an Aurora at a limited discounted ‘later bird special’ price of *$160 plus $25 USD shipping cost (if ordering outside of the USA.)

Other backing support pledges start from a $1 bumper sticker, an iWinks t-shirt, a discounted Aurora, a chance to help with Aurora beta, etc. right up to the $10k ‘Oneironaut Extraordinaire’ (Full Monty) pledge package.

 

Risks

According to the iWinks Kickstarter Home page, the Aurora will need more sleep data to hone and tweak the REM-detection algorithm.

Also there would be limitations with ‘older’ platforms in using the newer Bluetooth 4.0 plus there would be cross-platform limitations due to the different operating systems and technology standards in use currently.

It would be interesting to see how comfortable the headband is, plus if there is any movement whilst wearing it in bed which might adversely affect performance?

We are particularly ‘cock-a-hoop’ at seeing the disclaimer about ‘lucid dreaming being hard!’

We second that motion bro!

*(Current price and availability as of Dec 27th 2013)

Roll on $300k… ?





Luci in the sky… ?

27 12 2013

Readers may remember a project named Luci which realised nearly $400,000 CAD on the popular crowdfunding website known as Kickstarter back in November of this year.

The Luci headband

The Luci headband

It was a headband designed to be worn during sleep which would use EEG technology via an electrode used to detect REM and hence lucid dreaming, but it was pulled a few days before the deadline among strong rumours and allegations of it being a scam and a fraud.

For example photos used on their Kickstarter Home page had been changed, Photoshopped, etc.

This had culminated from a few ‘naysayers’ in the comments section, to a total suspicion of the total project, the people, and the company behind it all.

There was claim and counter-claim between the backers and the promoters, which got a bit acrimonious, although more photos or a new video of the device seen in use was not forthcoming which a lot of the backers wanted.

This maybe would in hindsight have settled the whole argument.

Instead during a crucial stage in the funding process, GXP decided to take a break and leave the office.

GXP Technologies (aka Caluka Group,) the people behind the project turned their back on the massive over-funding to reveal a last minute mysterious ‘backer’ who had turned up with the cash needed whilst GXP were on vacation.

It even made news on the Wall Street Journal.

It is a pity that the Luci headband debacle happened, although it should be pointed out that none of the original backers ever lost their pledges.

However it showed there is a market for such a device, albeit a genuine working one. Either that reason, or the sales spiel and the publicity machine in overdrive sold people on the idea of looking for an easy dream hack.

Over 1800 people still hope to receive a Luci headband for $150 CAD in February 2013 however!

They will have more chance of seeing pigs fly!

Where does that leave us?

Perhaps this has maybe spoilt the idea of crowdfunding and technology used to obtain access to your dreams for some, although a couple of new projects of the same genre (but more plausible perhaps) have come to the front recently; namely:

 

The NeuroDreamer sleep mask

 

The Aurora headband

 

Although the technology is becoming more readily available to us, we should note that it still takes effort on our part to remember and record our dreams, including our dreamsigns, with the aim of realization and awareness that comes with hard work and regular practice.

We wait with anticipation here at LDA to see what 2014 will bring?