Wireless mouse to eye mask modification

20 05 2017

Followers and readers of my blog may well remember my previous optical mouse hack for REM eye movement detection and lucid dreaming back in August 2014. That project known as DreamCaptcha relied on a direct USB connection to a nearby computer. Hopefully after having a bit more time I can now move on from that limitation by experimenting with a wireless mouse set-up instead.

modified wireless mouse dream mask

Optical wireless mouse prototype


The layout and construction is very similar to the earlier USB mouse hack. In fact I kept the milk carton shell and the elastic as before. Even the white tack to temporarily hold the base in is taken from that project era. However there were obvious benefits and certain obstacles to overcome during the whole modification process, most of which included the weight and power considerations, amongst others.

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The NovaDreamer 2 – N2D2

15 02 2014



The Lucidity Institute have announced in their February 2014 newsletter in regard to the new and eagerly anticipated NovaDreamer 2.

R2D2 wearind a dream mask

R2-D2 v N2D2


Here is the official announcement:

*INTRODUCING N2D2: Landing sooner than you’ll believe.
We’ll be beta-testing N2D2, the lastest re-reVision [sic] of the 7th Generation of our LDIDs at the DA2 program next month in Hawai2. General release is projected for another quarter revolution of the orbit of the home planet.

However, the first opportunity to test the N2D2 will go to participants of the March 2014 Dreaming and Awakening program in Hawaii.”



The N2D2 has been refined for over 5 years thanks to the participants at the Hawaii retreat made famous by Stephen LaBerge. It will include the latest technological innovations, REM detection algorithms and interactive user-friendly capabilities.

When compared with its earlier more expensive predecessor, the NovaDreamer 2 will have greater programming flexibility and the ability to store data which is more akin to the original DreamLight.

The user will be able to personalize settings, download and view your results.

You will also be able to download your dreams ‘directly.’

According to the ‘Lucid Dreaming Induction: The State of the Art 2014’ page source, the NovaDreamer 2 will provide ‘memory cues.’



According to the Lucidity Institute the NovaDreamer 2 will be one-tenth of the cost of the original DreamLight which cost $1200 back in the 1990’s.

According to these figures you will be looking at about $120 per unit (providing inflation hasn’t been taken into account!)



Work is still taking place on the software.

Readers are invited to fill out a questionnaire if they are interested in being the first to obtain the new N2D2.

Short manufacture runs are likely based on likely orders with an initial short supply predicted.

People are invited to be beta-testers, although there is a qualifying criteria to be met.

General release is anticipated in about 3 months according to my astronomical calculations.


Initial thoughts

Maybe the Lucidity Institute were inspired by the little robot droid named R2-D2 who most famously featured in the ‘Star Wars’ series of sci-fi films.

The mask will no doubt make funny bleep noises and flash lights just like him!

It could have been a lot worse however: just imagine if the acronym ‘H1N1’ had been chosen as the code name instead?

The important thing is that the wait is finally over it seems! Zzz