iWinks v Arenar – The battle of the ‘bands’

15 09 2016

Yesterday I blogged about the new iBand+ crowdfunding campaign for a sleep tracking smart headband by Arenar, a Dutch team headed by Samir and Purva Raut based in Amsterdam.

i-bandit, dream robber

However it seems that this new kid on the block has muscled in on the turf of iWinks. The new iBand+ has ruffled quite a lot of feathers already if the comments at Kickstarter are anything to go by where it looks like the gloves are off. Read the rest of this entry »





What’s the (GXP) Story, Morning Glory?

27 05 2015

The NPT Lucid Dreamer on Kickstarter.

Just when you thought it was safe to go to bed. Wayne Kendall, the man behind the Luci dream headband *scam is back. This time it is with a more plausible, more down to earth solution to possibly attaining lucid dreams for men using erections.

A 3D concept drawing of the NPT collar prototype

A 3D concept drawing of the NPT collar prototype

 

This relies on the science known as nocturnal penile tumescence or MPT where the penis becomes more erect due to vasodilation during REM, providing there is no underlying medical issue. Read the rest of this entry »





IWinks Aurora – The Zeo Sleep Monitor incarnate?

6 03 2015

Earlier this year I made a post on this blog about the recent design changes to the Aurora dream-enhancing headband which included the size and layout of the pcb prototype.

Aurora pcb headband layout

However I must point out that I was not the first person to notice the similarities to the Zeo design – in particular in relation to the fabric electrodes and the clip on headband arrangement, as it had in fact been pointed out by one or two backers on the Kickstarter comments page here.

 

iWinks Aurora electrode pads

I must admit Manoko and co. do have a point. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





NeuroOn – kickstarter

11 01 2014
The Neuro On sleep mask

The NeuroOn sleep mask

Touted as the world’s first sleep mask for polyphasic sleep.

Polyphasic sleep is where you use alternate sleep patterns which reduce your daily sleep time. When you break your sleep schedule into smaller parts during the day you can sleep less yet still feel refreshed as if you have slept a full monophasic term of 8 or more hours.

A person can achieve better rest and more sleep efficiency, including helping with workload, performance and even jetlag issues.

According to Wikipedia the term polyphasic sleep was first coined by the psychologist J.S. Szymanski early in the 20th Century.

Notable exponents include Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.

Some readers may remember the Smart Sleep app for polyphasic sleepers back in December 2013.

The SmartSleep team failed to reach their intended Kickstarter goal however.

The NeuroOn is a wearable sleep mask which measures your bio-signals which include, EEG – (electroencephalography,) muscle tension (EMG – electromyography) and eye movements EOG – (electrooculography.)

The signals are picked up by 3 forehead electrodes which are embedded in the mask. The outside of the mask is fully customizable.

One of the main features is the bio-amplifier which can measure in adverse conditions. The amplifier can switch between low and high amplitude signals.

The battery life is claimed to be at least a week without charging which is done via mini-usb.

The data is sent via wireless to a Bluetooth 4.0 LE Smartphone. The app itself can work out the best sleeping pattern for you.

For safety reasons the data is only transmitted when the mask is not on the face and when the mask is removed.

The NeuroOn will wake you up refreshed after your last REM phase based on measured data analysis which is collected.

Previous solutions relied only on accelerometer readings which tended to be less than precise. The NeuroOn claims to have the world’s first digital sleep-control system that provides accuracy close to professional polisomnographic clinics.

The people behind the project are San Francisco based Intelclinic.

The team consists of Kamil Adamczyk – CEO. Janusz Frączek – CTO hardware. Tomasz Kolodziejak – CFO. Krzysztof Chojnowski – coder. Robert Abramczyk – iOS developer.

 

Lucid dreaming

The NeuroOn can pinpoint the exact start of your REM phase. NeuroOn has technology that helps you induce lucid dreaming, whenever you want.

This is interesting because the home page refers to the device waking you up after your last REM phase, although I presume that is when the device is in the main polyphasic mode.

I mentioned about the iWinks Aurora headband in my blog yesterday having no competition regarding lucid dreaming. It appears however that it might have some after all, although the NeuroOn is being marketed primarily for polyphasic sleep uses.

Interestingly though, iWinks, the people behind the Aurora have stated that their headband device can be used for polyphasic sleep.

Maybe both these teams could partner up together and create a product for C.E.S. 2015 with their combined knowledge and expertise in this technology field.

Just our $00.02

The NeuroOn has already met its $100k target. Currently the project stands at $424,921 USD.  The mask for a limited amount is currently available for $185 USD as SMART SLEEP MASK – LAST MINUTE OFFER 2. Shipping is $25 USD outside of the U.S. Expected delivery is quoted as *March 2015.

A ‘last minute’ $165 offer is also mentioned on the homepage (still?) for backers.

*(Note that other delivery dates are mentioned on the Kickstarter home timeline page.)

Read more on the NeuroOn Kickstarter page here.





Project Aurora – update

10 01 2014
Aurora dream-enhancing headband

Aurora: The dream-enhancing headband

IWinks, the company behind the Aurora dream-enhancing headband have made an exciting announcement on their official Kickstarter home page today regarding an important upgrade to its future product.

According to the makers behind the project, you will no longer require the use of a smartphone or computer to use it, although they do state that the Aurora app is necessary to set up the smart alarm clock, adjust light and sound cues, intensity levels and other fun, user-specific features.

This is quite a big bold step which is likely to fuel more interest from likely backers who may have been sitting on the fence. Previously the embedded solution had only been offered as a $300k ‘stretch goal’ target.

Clearly the goalposts have been moved in the backers favour at last.

Other features will include greater battery life (100 times more efficient relative to any prototype claimed.)

Greater LED control for more dazzling light effects.

A developer will able to utilize sleep stage, biosense, and accelerometer data with the onboard computer microprocessor in the headband package.

There are only 11 days to go for the Kickstarter campaign itself. The $90k funding goal has already been reached as we have already pointed out in our earlier blog post.

 Nightmare by Henry Fuseli

How the Aurora might be used to control nightmares

We at LDA cannot wait to see one of these headbands come to fruition as according to the claims so far, there is nothing out there to compete with it, seeing there is no news still regarding the much anticipated and overdue Novadreamer 2 from the Lucidity Institute.

Some readers may remember the NeuroDreamer sleep mask by Mitch Altman which was funded on Kickstarter back in July 2012.

The NeuroDreamer however is a brain ‘entrainment’ device which relies on binaural beats, synchronised light and sounds, etc. rather than REM detection, although the mask could be used for meditation and lucid dream induction.

We hope project Aurora (like its namesake) is not a black project ‘in the air’ so to speak.

See the feature on Mashable.com

Read more about the Kickstarter upgrade here