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Lucid dreaming made easier with the Aurora EEG headband

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Posted in Science on 9th Mar, 2014 12:50 AM by AlexMuller

Lucid dreaming is believed by many to aid in practicing skills, improving creativity, or just exploring adventurous new worlds, but requires practice and awareness to master. Aurora is an EEG-based headband aiming to enhance dreams and lower the barrier to lucid dreaming.

 

With apps for multiple platforms, a host of features, and an open API for third party applications, iWinks' aim is to help the uninitiated take control of their dreams.

 
The system is two-part: a headband that circles around your forehead and an app which can connect to the Aurora via Bluetooth LE. The band is equipped with electrodes to measure brainwaves, an accelerometer, heart rate monitor, sleep staging software, and LEDs (more on that later).
 
With the EEG signal software fully encased in the headband (rather than contained in the app), a user can choose not to use the Bluetooth connection at all and still make use of receiving visual cues while dreaming. Additionally, the headband is not physically attached to anything and can last weeks on a single charge.
 
When the the algorithms processing your EEG data recognize that you’ve entered REM sleep, several things can happen to help you take the step into lucid dreaming.
 
The headband is fitted with LEDs that can be programmed to send different types and colors of signals, depending on the mood you’d like to create in front of your (closed) eyes. In addition, you can choose to use sounds to set a mood for your dreams, which are played through the phone app.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-09
+2
Lucid dreams may have some role to play in helping people to improve their mental state- it would be great to know opinion of as many experts in this field as possible
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-09
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There are many people interested in this device as potential users- When the Aurora headband's Kickstarter campaign finished, it had managed to collect more nearly 3x more than $90,000 they asked for. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-09
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Aurora is one of several devices that features EEG sensors from Neurosky-the algorithm to process EEG waves has been verified and will be further strengthened as users begin recording their own EEG patterns. We have to see what the users will say Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-09
+0
It seems that sleep is a very high-interest item for many people. Recently, Basis Science made announcements for its fitness tracking watch with advanced sleep analytics that will tell the quality of sleep.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-09
+0
All devices should be properly tested and approved - this is not something that one should not just get from a Kickstarter Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-09
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Yes, needs to be approved - getting health devices and medication without consulting a doctor, just by using Internet is dangerous Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
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But that population growth is likely to have been confined to a particular region in the ben.gningiNot necessarily. If the results of the paper are correct; all areas that became temperate enough when the last ice age was closing and after may have immediately experienced population growth, but probably only in the areas with the biggest population growth (probably because they were the most temperate then) agriculture and Neolithic spontaneously began rather than being introduced from outside. But your scenario is worth studying too. Reply


 

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