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

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Luci in the sky… ?

27 12 2013

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

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?