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 »





Up the P-N junction

9 10 2014

It seems to me like lucid dream mask technology is akin to waiting for the proverbial London bus where nothing turns up for ages, and then all of a sudden out of the blue, two or three show up in one go.

Up the Junction picture

After Andrzej Krajewski

Everybody is still waiting for the eagerly awaited NovaDreamer 2 from the Lucidity Institute, otherwise aptly known as the N2D2 which is overdue for release.

The Aurora by iWinks LLC has also overrun. It is due to be beta tested still.

However there are at least three new kids on the block, all trying to muscle in on the void left by Laberge and his associates.

The end of September, beginning of October 2014 saw the launch of two lucid dream-related projects on Kickstarter alone, whilst there is also a headband prototype with its own Facebook publicity page and website launched earlier this year back in July. Read the rest of this entry »





Sense – know more. Sleep better?

26 07 2014

Sense is a current Kickstarter project based around a smart sleep tracking app with associated hardware which monitors and records your quality of sleep and your own bedroom environment.

It is also claimed a smart alarm will also wake you up refreshed without the familiar groggy feeling.

Sense smart sleep app and hardware

Image courtesy of Hello Inc.

Hello Inc. headed by James Proud are the brains behind the innovative project.

The team consist of designers, engineers, and operations staff based in San Francisco, California.

The team with the help of over 7,000 backers have raised just over $900,000 USD since the campaign started, smashing the $100K goal with only two days in.

These impressive figures are however the tip of the iceberg considering Hello themselves have received over $10 Million in investments prior to this.

 

Overview

The heart of the system comprises of a bedside pod which looks like a futuristic golf ball which can give of a pleasant glow using RGB LEDs.

The main unit is powered by a USB wall adapter and is available in cotton white or charcoal colours, although you can order a customised colour at an extra cost to you, namely $1000 USD.

The ergonomically designed plastic housing itself contains an array of ambient light, noise, proximity, temperature and humidity sensors, including a particle sensor to detect pollen.

An integral speaker for playing soothing sounds and a sensitive microphone are incorporated for recording any audible sleep activity, whether it is in the form of snoring or noise disturbances, etc.

The Sense pod uses the Wi-Fi protocol to connect to your computer network.

The small pill sensor clips on to your pillow.

It consists of a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope designed to pick up any tiny disturbances and bodily movements made during the night.

The pill is waterproof and is designed to be changed every year due to battery life. This has been revised and changed recently to a replacement coin sized battery after feedback from numerous backers.

Bluetooth LE and ANT technology is used to connect wirelessly to the pill sensor without needing to pair or sync.

The software app gives you a unique sleep score out of 100 which can be interpreted to how well or indeed, how badly you slept last night.

The app will make a note of any changes. You can use it to check and correlate any external interruptions too.

An API is also available for you to interact with.

Luke Skywalker light sabre training

“I only woke you up Luke!”

 

Here’s the rub

The product fits rather unobtrusively in with the current sleep gadgets craze that we have seen recently on various crowdfunding websites including Kickstarter.

It is promoted around the idea of us all spending a third of our lives actually sleeping.

Some backers have raised concerns about government access, security and possible data-mining issues by third-party companies, especially as Amazon cloud servers are used to store the recovered data, given there is a mysterious investor already behind the project.

The team do highlight the use of secure SSL and that key sounds would not form part of data transmission as this would be recorded on the Sense hardware buffer.

It however seems to us a viable concern which has been raised especially in the light of Facebook and Google themselves in how they handle data recently.

I mean the sleep market is quite lucrative especially when we look at the following quote again:

“While you sleep at night, you have no idea what is happening. Nobody is even thinking about the most important room of our lives and how it impacts us: the bedroom,” says Proud.

 

Hacks

Several backers wanted to see other useful features that could be built in the sense pod itself, including a CO2 sensor which could monitor the carbon dioxide levels in the room.

You could go further I guess, considering the amount of sensors that are fitted. Maybe Sense could be tweaked for using as a baby monitor (without Bluetooth perhaps,) an intruder alarm or even a device to check out and investigate haunted rooms like for ghost hunting, etc.

However quite a few backers have raised their concerns about possible Bluetooth radiation issues from the device via the Kickstarter project comment page.

Maybe Sense could be used as an aid to lucid dreaming perhaps where you could interpret the data from the accelerometer and use the alarm functions to have DEILDs (Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dreams) for example.

 

Availability

Currently the Sense sleep system is available for *$99 USD as a pledge with an expected shipment date due in November 2014.

*(Shipping is $15 outside the U.S.)

An iOS or Android smartphone with Bluetooth LE support is currently needed.

A Windows phone application is not currently available.

 

We at Lucid Dream Art reckon you should sleep on it!





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





Raising Sleeping Stones: An Enhanced E-book/App for Dreamers. A Kickstarter project by P.H.T. Bennet

6 07 2014

This fascinating project has recently been funded successfully to the tune of $12,627 USD currently with less than a day to go.

 

Overview

The story is a fantasy adventure series based around the two Stone sisters (Kiva and DeeDee) who live in a town (Solasenda) where no one dreams.

The girls find out about ‘The Beginning’ and its old traditions based around dreaming. They go on to meet and learn from the DreamKeepers who can use their dreams to fly, change shape, go into the past and future, go underwater, change buildings, etc.

The project was envisaged 11 years ago by Pratt Bennet where it has built up into 3 books. Raising Sleeping Stones is the first of these intended for release as an interactive book app after July 2014.

Bennet himself is an artist and author who himself hails from Boston Massachusetts, who has been studying dreams for about 30 years.

Currently he teaches at the Berklee College of Music where he has helped many of his students worldwide to meet their dreams.

The two characters Kiva and DeeDee in the e-book storyline are inspired by the author’s two youngest daughters.

 

Dream techniques

The girls learnt techniques from their father about how to change their fears and nightmares into more pleasant dream scenarios.

He has incorporated these techniques into his electronic book story where the reader may learn and try these same methods in his or her own dreams.

The author also hopes to give a more interactive reading experience when compared with ordinary physical books by exploring the storyline more deeply through music to convey character emotion and to unlock further, more hidden story layers.

The book is brought to life by illustrations by Veronica V. Jones.

The sound designer is Akash Thakkar.

The team hope that interactive features of the app itself will let readers solve more mysteries and share hidden illustrations, music or text, etc. including sharing creativity via the online gallery at raisingstones.com

 

Editor’s note

We at Lucid Dream Art recognise the link between childhood dreams and creativity. Quite often lucid abilities can be adapted naturally as a defence against bad dreams and nightmares. Sadly a lot of us lose this ability when we grow up. We all recognise this as ‘lucid dreaming.’ Whatever your age we all are in fact the two Stone sisters on a dream quest.

Maybe as adults we should learn from this story example to become who we really are, and not over rely on the materialistic self but maybe listen to our inner selves through introspection.

It was indeed Pablo Picasso who once famously said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

For more information about this exciting project, or to fund it then head over to the team’s official Kickstarter project page here.






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.