4 New Lucid Dreaming Masks for 2014

 

Sourced from: http://dreamstudies.org/2014/02/05/lucid-dream-masks-wearable-tech-devices/

: DreamNet did not acheive its goals on KickStarter, so the following section is no longer valid.  I hope to see more from these researchers in the near future!

I’m pretty excited about this device and am going to go into more detail because it’s promising to be an innovation leader.

The proposed mask is more than just another mask that helps you go lucid. Rather, the company is positioning itself to be a grassroots launching pad for lucid dreaming research.

Indeed, Synapse has already reached out to popular lucid dreaming educators and authors such as Robert Waggoner, Daniel Oldis, Daniel Love and Rory McSweeney who have all pledged support.

The mask chiefly uses EEG and has a unique placement of a secondary sensor behind the ear for reference and data clarity, but also will employ EMG to capture eye movement.  As for hardware: DreamNET uses a NeuroSky chip (ThinkGear AM) wedded to an open-source software pack known as LucidScribe.

The primary focus of DreamNET is on the monitoring, recording and sharing of sleep data, designed to assist with dream recall and dream sharing.

The primary focus of DreamNET is on the monitoring, recording and sharing of sleep data, designed to assist with dream recall and dream sharing.

DreamNET is also the first headband to look specifically for the lucidity markers proposed by Allan Hobson and Ursula Voss in their breakthrough 2009 paper. (I discuss some of their findings in this article).

Murphy told me via email that recognizing lucidity is only one of the goals of the mask–even thought the mask has the capabilities to trigger audio files via REM sleep detection like the other sleep masks on the market.

What is the best way to go lucid?

I found Murphy’s skepticism refreshing in regards to the current popular assumption that lights and sounds can reliably trigger lucidity. He’s got a point, and he’s not alone: the research is over twenty years old, the method wasn’t amazingly effective in the first place (compared to non-mask methods), and hasn’t been reproduced by unbiased sources since.

 

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Murphy’s direction is different. “The software we support allows each individual to select specific brainwave frequency bands that are generated when a person is dreaming. This gives everyone an opportunity to program DreamNET to respond to their own unique physiology.”

One of the more interesting features is the future capability to stream live data for investigating if multiple dreamers are having similar experiences.

My next question, given all this unique programming: Is DreamNET going to be easy to use out of the box?  Murphy replied, “The Lucid Scribe software is forgivingly simple to operate. In fact, ease of use is just what we believe is needed to make our project right for the dream enthusiast.”

DreamNET is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign right now, and is not yet half way to their goal. $140 pledge will get you the headband, the software, and a spot in their initial lucid dreaming research study.

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