The Lucid Dreamer: crowdfunding campaign cancelled

28 10 2016

Yesterday Neuromodulation Technologies B.V. sensationally pulled the plug on their already successful Kickstarter campaign for their Lucid Dreamer tACS prototype with less than 3 weeks to go, even though the €100k target had been easily met.

lucid dreamer eeg tacs induction device

It seems that further testing had not gone to plan which seemed to worry the creators. This is on the back of the 2014 Voss tACS study into lucid dreams which had been lauded by the sheep mentality amongst us to be ‘the Holy Grail of lucid dreaming’, ‘the lucid dreamer’s default standard’, or ‘the scientific breakthrough’ bar none. Read the rest of this entry »





iBand plu$ rides out – again!

27 10 2016

First the good news. Arenar, the people behind the iBand+ EEG lucid dream sleep tracker have successfully finished their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today.

iBand plus EEG lucid dream sleep tracker headband

But guess what? It looks like €644,249 raised from 3,958 backers is not enough, since there is now a sneaky redirect to a new Indiegogo campaign for the iBand plus from the original Kickstarter page disguised as a big green CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW! button. Read the rest of this entry »





The Lucid Dreamer: Wake up inside your dreams

5 10 2016

Forget Luciding… here is the first Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign based around tACS electronic brain stimulation, EEG REM detection and the induction of lucid dreams.

lucid dreamer sleeping whilst wearing a tACS device on head

It seems like the back end of 2016 is looking fruitful for wearable technology and lucid dreaming in general. Already it looks like the Arenar iBand+ will be a funding success three times over.

The Aurora Dreamband by iWinks is now being publicly tested for the first time which all makes for a promising 2017, dream-wise for those that have already pre-ordered devices.

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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 »





OCZ hack

4 10 2014

This makes use of the OCZ NIA (Neural Impulse Activator) advanced biotechnology games interface as an analogue to digital converter, by replacing the headband and just stuffing a small analogue signal in one of the inputs in relation to the reference (centre) connector pin.

OCZ NIA headband and interface

This contemplated my DIY motion sensor project where only the RX diode signal is used.

Read more about OCZ NIA hack.





DreamNet: The programmable lucid dreaming headband

12 01 2014

Dream Net logo

The DreamNet logo

What have “What’s the frequency Kenneth?” and DreamNet the new lucid dream headband got in common?

Yes, you’ve got it… its R.E.M. Except we are not talking about the band, but rather the lucid dreaming headband; plus about the current trend which is currently rapid eye-movement detection.

Welcome to the party!

Synapse, the people behind their Kickstarter project are based in Los Angeles, California. They hope to raise $30k USD by February 19th 2014.

Bill Murphy the main person behind the project is the science correspondent for the Lucid Dream Experience magazine.

Bill is known in some circles as an onscreen TV personality. He is also an avid dream researcher who is a regular contributor to various magazines, blogs and radio interviews.

On the prototype headband currently 2 dry electrodes are used, which include the primary one at the front and one reference earlobe clip or mastoid point. This secondary electrode is used to reduce artifact noise from forehead muscle movements and electrical noise.

Neuro Sky ThinkGear AM chip

NeuroSky ThinkGear AM chip

The hardware is based primarily around the Neurosky ThinkGear Am chip, whilst the software interface is based around the Lucid Scribe open source project by Michael Paul Coder.

Michael himself is an expert in this field of software and lucid dreaming.

Indeed some readers might remember he was one of the first to recognise the possibility that the Luci dream-enhancing headband was a big scam back in November 2013.

Lucid Scribe can be run in REM detection mode where it will play an audio file for example.

It is also noted that in addition to EEG and REM detection that EMG muscle potentials, eye movements, etc. could be detected via Lucid Scribe software.

Software will run on iOS and Android platforms. DreamNet will connect to your Smartphone via Bluetooth LE.

The DreamNet headband is now in competition with the recently funded Aurora dream-enhancing headband.

Both use NeuroSky based technology, except the Aurora has all the hardware integrated in the headband itself. This is a major advantage providing size, weight and comfort issues are addressed.

Thus the Aurora can run independent of any computer or smartphone whereas the DreamNet cannot.

Currently there are 38 days to go. Synapse have already raised $2,078 USD of the $30k needed to fund the project.

Backers can buy a discounted DreamNet for $140 USD with $25 USD for shipping outside of the U.S. as a limited offer here.

Shipping of the units is expected in June 2014.

However for people simply wanting the obligatory t-shirt or a sticker then you might be a little bit disappointed.





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… ?