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
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?