NeuroOn – kickstarter

11 01 2014
The Neuro On sleep mask

The NeuroOn sleep mask

Touted as the world’s first sleep mask for polyphasic sleep.

Polyphasic sleep is where you use alternate sleep patterns which reduce your daily sleep time. When you break your sleep schedule into smaller parts during the day you can sleep less yet still feel refreshed as if you have slept a full monophasic term of 8 or more hours.

A person can achieve better rest and more sleep efficiency, including helping with workload, performance and even jetlag issues.

According to Wikipedia the term polyphasic sleep was first coined by the psychologist J.S. Szymanski early in the 20th Century.

Notable exponents include Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.

Some readers may remember the Smart Sleep app for polyphasic sleepers back in December 2013.

The SmartSleep team failed to reach their intended Kickstarter goal however.

The NeuroOn is a wearable sleep mask which measures your bio-signals which include, EEG – (electroencephalography,) muscle tension (EMG – electromyography) and eye movements EOG – (electrooculography.)

The signals are picked up by 3 forehead electrodes which are embedded in the mask. The outside of the mask is fully customizable.

One of the main features is the bio-amplifier which can measure in adverse conditions. The amplifier can switch between low and high amplitude signals.

The battery life is claimed to be at least a week without charging which is done via mini-usb.

The data is sent via wireless to a Bluetooth 4.0 LE Smartphone. The app itself can work out the best sleeping pattern for you.

For safety reasons the data is only transmitted when the mask is not on the face and when the mask is removed.

The NeuroOn will wake you up refreshed after your last REM phase based on measured data analysis which is collected.

Previous solutions relied only on accelerometer readings which tended to be less than precise. The NeuroOn claims to have the world’s first digital sleep-control system that provides accuracy close to professional polisomnographic clinics.

The people behind the project are San Francisco based Intelclinic.

The team consists of Kamil Adamczyk – CEO. Janusz Frączek – CTO hardware. Tomasz Kolodziejak – CFO. Krzysztof Chojnowski – coder. Robert Abramczyk – iOS developer.


Lucid dreaming

The NeuroOn can pinpoint the exact start of your REM phase. NeuroOn has technology that helps you induce lucid dreaming, whenever you want.

This is interesting because the home page refers to the device waking you up after your last REM phase, although I presume that is when the device is in the main polyphasic mode.

I mentioned about the iWinks Aurora headband in my blog yesterday having no competition regarding lucid dreaming. It appears however that it might have some after all, although the NeuroOn is being marketed primarily for polyphasic sleep uses.

Interestingly though, iWinks, the people behind the Aurora have stated that their headband device can be used for polyphasic sleep.

Maybe both these teams could partner up together and create a product for C.E.S. 2015 with their combined knowledge and expertise in this technology field.

Just our $00.02

The NeuroOn has already met its $100k target. Currently the project stands at $424,921 USD.  The mask for a limited amount is currently available for $185 USD as SMART SLEEP MASK – LAST MINUTE OFFER 2. Shipping is $25 USD outside of the U.S. Expected delivery is quoted as *March 2015.

A ‘last minute’ $165 offer is also mentioned on the homepage (still?) for backers.

*(Note that other delivery dates are mentioned on the Kickstarter home timeline page.)

Read more on the NeuroOn Kickstarter page here.