Frequently Asked Questions
You sure do! Everyone that purchases the Aurora will have access to all the necessary applications.Last updated:
We will have applications built for iPhone, Android and desktop (Windows and MacOS) computers.Last updated:
Yes they will. Using lights to induce lucid dreaming has been proven with scientific research.
No one has really attempted to use sounds (much less sounds and lights together), but our preliminary tests are looking good. We'll have a very detailed post about it written up before the end of the campaign.Last updated:
There are a few ways to make this happen. In the device's current form, you can use the headphone jack on your smartphone to connect headphones if you don't want to use the speaker.Last updated:
We totally get it. On-board audio would be super cool and useful and now that we have decided to integrate a MCU with a digital-to-analog converter it might be possible to implement. However there’s more to onboard audio than simply attaching a headphone jack - it requires several additional circuit components, changes to our firmware and software and the additional R&D labor not to mention increases size and cost of our circuit boards (and enclosure). As you may already know, we do not take decisions like this lightly.
That being said, on-board audio has not been ruled out and is something we'll continue to look in to. From the beginning we considered the possibility of including an MCU, and so provisions were made early on to make sure such an addition wouldn't be too difficult later on. On the other hand, on-board audio is not something we seriously considered until recently since it adds quite a bit of complexity to an already complex project.
So while we can't guarantee on-board audio will make it into the Aurora, we can promise that if the problem can be solved in a smart and cost-effective way, we'll do everything in our power to meet the needs of the community.Last updated:
Using our latest prototypes we've collected some preliminary test results in regards to the effectiveness of our technology on lucid dreaming. We’ve been working on this project for a long time now and over the years our various prototype implementations have lent to all kinds of great experiences with lucid dreaming. We’ve learned a ton about how we can use this technology to its greatest potential. With each iteration we improved our design and swapped out our EEG amps with different solutions and so were required to collect new sleep data from our clinic (not cheap) to create a validated sleep stage classifier. Our most recent implementation is by far the lowest power, most cost effective EEG solution we’ve ever seen, though we completed that latest proof of concept just a little before our kickstarter campaign launched. Honestly we had no idea we would receive this much attention from the community! Since our kickstarter campaign began we have had very little time and energy for anything, especially around bedtime. So as you read on please keep in mind that our approach has always been rooted in (and will continue to cite) validated scientific research from peer-reviewed academic journals. For your convenience one of those papers can be found here: http://www.lucidity.com/DreamLight_Validity.txt
With our latest Aurora prototypes, we recently collected the necessary sleep data from our partnering clinic to create a preliminary sleep classifier. Our algorithm works quite well and we’re happy with the success we’ve been able to show so quickly towards distinguishing the important sleep stages. This was step 1 in creating the new lucid dream induction device - an algorithm validated by a reputable sleep clinic. Step 2 was turning the results of that algorithm into light and sound output by the device during dreams for the purposes of lucid dream (LD) induction.
We do not have enough data yet to comment on the efficacy of specific light and sound combinations for LD induction- we are just beginning to scratch the surface in that domain. Luckily, our product has enough flexibility to allow for infinite optimization of light and sound cues. As for lucid dream induction…
To collect data in our latest internal experiment we have been careful to control the environment of the dreamer much more than we ever have before (including background light and sound levels). All nights during which the experiment conditions did not meet a rigorous standard of control, i.e. if sleep was interrupted for unforeseen reasons, the software or hardware encountered hiccups or other various reasons including a crying baby or ringing telephone, etc., were excluded from analysis.
The best scientific research only uses tightly controlled experiment conditions and we only wanted to use extremely well-controlled data that would hold up to a rigorous scientific standard in our analysis - even when it lowered our overall result. As you may know by know, we think science is pretty cool and we wouldn't want to present our results in any other way :)
We included 12 nights of data in our most recent analysis. For each night, one of four males between the ages of 27-29 wore the headband - outfitted with our latest EEG amp and sleep stage algorithm - to sleep. During half of the nights the headband was programmed randomly in either a passive mode (control group - light/sound stim did not occur), or active trigger mode (treatment group - light/sound stim did occur).
The treatment group recalled lucid dreams with 50% frequency - that is - in half of the recorded nights the subject recalled at least one LD in the morning. Reported LD experiences included flying, deep sea exploration, living out action movies and deep personal meditation experiences. The control group did not recall any lucid dreams. These results show that the device is an efficient aid for improving lucid dream frequency, however with such a small test group it is difficult to draw significant scientific conclusions.
The last sentence is why we chose kickstarter. We want you guys to be our next test group so that we can learn what works best for everyone. More than any other team out there we have all the necessary skills to create the solution you all have been waiting for- it will just take a little more time to get there. Thanks for supporting us and helping us get this far!
For more see our blog post on the Science of Lucid Dream Induction:
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