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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Aladdin sane – another tACS pantomime

28 10 2016

Here is yet another lucid dream induction device to hit the crowdfunding market this year.

The prototype featured here is called the Aladdin Lucid Dream Stimulator by the aptly-named Aladdin Dreamer Inc. of Scottsdale Arizona, USA.

aladdin dream headband

The creators need at least $250,000 pledged by the end of the campaign on November 30th 2016. Shipment is expected a year later in autumn 2017.

Going on the current trend this seems ambitious, considering the lack of vital information.

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The Lucid Dreamer: crowdfunding campaign cancelled

28 10 2016

Yesterday Neuromodulation Technologies B.V. sensationally pulled the plug on their already successful Kickstarter campaign for their Lucid Dreamer tACS prototype with less than 3 weeks to go, even though the €100k target had been easily met.

lucid dreamer eeg tacs induction device

It seems that further testing had not gone to plan which seemed to worry the creators. This is on the back of the 2014 Voss tACS study into lucid dreams which had been lauded by the sheep mentality amongst us to be ‘the Holy Grail of lucid dreaming’, ‘the lucid dreamer’s default standard’, or ‘the scientific breakthrough’ bar none. Read the rest of this entry »





The Lucid Dreamer: Wake up inside your dreams

5 10 2016

Forget Luciding… here is the first Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign based around tACS electronic brain stimulation, EEG REM detection and the induction of lucid dreams.

lucid dreamer sleeping whilst wearing a tACS device on head

It seems like the back end of 2016 is looking fruitful for wearable technology and lucid dreaming in general. Already it looks like the Arenar iBand+ will be a funding success three times over.

The Aurora Dreamband by iWinks is now being publicly tested for the first time which all makes for a promising 2017, dream-wise for those that have already pre-ordered devices.

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Foc.us v2 – lucid daydreaming?

27 09 2015

Readers may remember the original foc.us headset launched back in 2013 which used tDCS technology to offer a new gaming experience.

By applying a small controlled DC electric current to the user’s brain the idea is to improve overall cognitive performance through reaction times, etc. This unfortunately is known as ‘brain zapping’ and ‘overclocking’ – terminology that is more reminiscent of ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) and compares the human brain as a machine to that of a CPU in a computer.

foc.us docking station

foc.us v2 docking station

 

Technology has moved rapidly since, (Lucidity Institute take note) to the point where health, fitness and sleep gadget wearables which interact with the user and associated smartphone technology are all the rage on crowdfunding sites and the Internet in general. Read the rest of this entry »





What’s the Frequency Kenneth?

5 11 2014

(An idea for an electromechanical 40 Hz tACS generator stage)

 

This is based around the science of using an AC electric motor as a dynamo or generator in the same way how turbines work in modern power stations to create electricity at 50 or 60 cycles per second or hertz.

A power station

However I thought I would devise a quick experiment using a spare AC synchronised motor used in a central heating system to test my theory of trying to create a clean sine wave like in the recent Voss lucid dream lab study; nothing else. Read the rest of this entry »