Luciding: the modern day Pied Piper

16 06 2017

The Hamelin legend from folklore now has a technological twist. This piper plays a ‘neuromodulated’ tune to their intended audience from the safety of the crowdfunding soapbox. A spell is cast over the intended neophytes using specially charged incantations such as VR, Inception and the socially engineered LuCiD scale – all available on an app.

Inception or deception - sleep headband

The ‘apostles’ are easily LED astray. Blinded by false promises of guaranteed lucidity, they are easily persuaded do their master’s bidding and part with their gold, never to be seen again. The winners of this campaign are Luciding and of course Kickstarter themselves who take a commission.

Currently just under 200 lemmings have duly hurled themselves over the cliff unknowingly into the void, in the hope of a false awakening. In hindsight a quick ‘reality check’ could have saved them from the abyss, or the nightmare of an empty wallet due to another possible Kickstarter scam.

In over two years time these same backers will likely be kept waiting still, or own a $350 silicon ‘brick’ with Velcro straps which they can wear to bed. No doubt there will be a placebo result after the headaches and the bank manager have gone away.

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Kickstarter dreams – A blank ‘reality’ cheque?

30 05 2017

Crowdfunding and sleep projects I feel, especially lucid dream-related ones seem to be all the rage nowadays. It has got to the mind-numbing stage where even more tactics are used to get the funding by all means necessary, including all the fake news or reviews, along with the latest pseudo-scientific buzzwords in technology; plus it must have an app that does everything, but nothing as well.

luciding pound sign logo

 

Take  the term ‘neuromodulation’ for example.  One outfit called Luciding have taken this buzzword to heart. I guess to them it all sounds very scientific and plausible, in comparison with ‘brain zapping’ which conjures up all manner of negative associations such as ‘electric shock treatment’ or therapy in the real world today.

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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 »