The NovaDreamer 2 – N2D2

15 02 2014

 

*STOP PRESS*

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 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.”

 

Features

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.’

 

Cost

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!)

 

Release

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





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