October 2, 2017 7:23 pm
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iBand+ uses three electrodes to measure your sleep patterns, then signals you with music and LED lights when you reach REM sleep and records your wave patterns.

It’s the first consumer product for dream induction that actually includes EEG technology that can read and record your brain waves

Lucid dreaming, or being aware that you are dreaming and perhaps having the ability to control it, is hot right now. The escapism, the limitless possibilities and chance to briefly manipulate your perceivable reality has driven more people to try their hand at lucid dreaming in recent years. Inducing that sort of experience has been the target of some research, and one team is trying to take it out of the lab and into the bedroom (like, for sleeping). The Amsterdam-based iBand+ is debuting on Kickstarter today and promises to bring you deeper into your self-conscious — sort of — with a combo of small speakers, LED lights and an EEG-based head strap.

Lucid dreaming has caught the attention of researchers for years as a possible conduit for problem solving, therapy, learning new languages and even threat simulation (assuming you can figure out how not to throw a slow punch in the dream world).

“EEG is not a new technology — it’s been around for about a century — but with recent advances in nanotechnology you can really compress this technology into a wearable,” says Samir Raut, who co-founded iBand+ with his wife Purva. “Purva had a problem, trouble falling asleep. She’s very sensitive to changes in sleep environments. We started looking two years ago and tried many sleep techniques. We found soothing music helped a lot. She tried using this but it has its own limitations.”

iBand+ uses EEG technology (electroencephalography, literally the study of electrical signals in the brain) to monitor wearers’ brainwaves, body movement, pulse and temperature to determine when someone has entered Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the stage of deep sleep when people dream. At that point, the dream machine uses audio and visual cues to get the sleeper’s attention. It could be music like the cue used in Inception, or a certain combo of colors from iBand+’s LED light array, but either way the point is to alert the dreamer. At that point, the dreamer can get a grip and realize she’s dreaming.

iBand+ uses three electrodes to measure your sleep patterns, then signals you with music and LED lights when you reach REM sleep and records your wave patterns

It’s the first consumer product for dream induction that actually includes EEG technology that can read and record your brain waves

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This post was written by Nadia Vella