About this project
What is the NeuroDreamer™ sleep mask?
You can use your own brainwaves to bring you the rest you need! That's why we designed the NeuroDreamer sleep mask. Through ambient music and gently fading lights the NeuroDreamer sleep mask weaves a subtle spectrum of brainwave frequencies -- the same spectrum that naturally appear in a person as they fall asleep. Simply close your eyes and listen to the music, and let your brainwaves do the rest...
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask is made of super comfortable memory foam, with a washable soft cotton cover. Use it whenever and wherever you want to get some quality rest -- on a plane, on a break from work, or at night in your bed.
We’re excited to offer these two Kickstarter-only, special editions of NeuroDreamer sleep mask!
* Meditation version
* Lucid Dreaming version
See premiums to your right, and more description below.
We all need rest.
But we don’t always get it. In our hectic modern lives, we’re frequentlyrushing from one thing to the next all day long, and by the time we finally do rest our heads on our pillows at night, we all too often find our minds racing in circles of thought, with stress getting in the way of drifting off into dreamland.
Perhaps you don’t rest very easily on a long airplane ride. Or maybe, like me, you have trouble with jet lag after flying from one continent to another.
This is why we created the NeuroDreamer sleep mask. Through soothing sounds and fading lights that go along with the brainwaves of relaxation and sleep, the NeuroDreamer sleep mask can gently guide you and your brain into the rest you want. That’s the idea. Worth a try for you?
Is the NeuroDreamer™ sleep mask for everyone?
Not everyone, no. Not many things are. But a NeuroDreamer sleep mask may be helpful for you.
NeuroDreamer works with light and sound to gently guide your brainwaves into a pattern of rest. Research has shown that this method works for about 70% of people tested. Even if you are not in that majority, you may benefit from the comfortable memory foam sleep mask that filters out light and absorbs external sound. You may also enjoy the soothing, restful effects of the NeuroDreamer’s beautiful sounds.
We have tested the NeuroDreamer sleep mask on lots of people who wanted to try it out, and they overwhelmingly liked it.
There is a small subset of people who are sensitive to blinking lights, and perhaps even to brainwave frequencies embedded into sound. Many devices and environments that use blinking lights, including strobe lights, cameras, disco lights, TVs, and NeuroDreamer sleep mask, MAY CAUSE SEIZURES in this subset of people. Please read more for the complete WARNING and disclaimer...
How does the NeuroDreamer™ sleep mask work?
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask is an entrainment device that uses binaural beats and fading lights.
“Entrainment” is the the process of externally presenting brainwave frequencies to the brain, allowing it to synchronize to those frequencies. A “binaural beat” refers to the frequency that is perceived when two tones that are close together in pitch are played in each ear.
Through light and sound, the NeuroDreamer sleep mask generates a sequence of brainwave frequencies that correspond to the natural sequence of brainwave activity as observed in a person as they fall asleep. These frequencies are produced using binaural beats embedded within beautiful music, and synchronized with fading lights – all generated by the NeuroDreamer sleep mask’s microcontroller, which is concealed inside the mask’s memory foam.
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask is an advancement over prior entrainment devices which attempt to entrain the brain with only a single brainwave frequency at a time. The NeuroDreamer sleep mask uses up to four brainwave frequencies simultaneously (mixed at different amplitudes), to more closely replicate the full spectrum of frequencies present in a person who is falling asleep.
In addition to binaural beats, the NeuroDreamer sleep mask utilizes a second method for audio entrainment. An ambient noise, somewhat like ocean surf, is played in one ear. The same surf sound is played in the opposing ear, but with a slight time delay (called “phase shift”). By changing the length of the time delay, the brain perceives the surf sound as moving between the ears, setting up a "beat".
The NeuroDreamer sleep mask has 3 buttons.
With one button, the user has a choice of five different songs, all with this same full spectrum of frequencies, to help them rest. Four of the songs are musical, and one is an ambient ocean song.
In the ambient ocean song, the NeuroDreamer sleep mask uses phase shifted noise sources rather than binaural beats for audio entrainment. This is offered to provide an array of pleasing audio choices for the user.
With the second button the user can change the volume of the music, and with the third button the user can change the brightness of the lights (or turn them off entirely).
Together with the ergonomic memory foam mask, the choices available with the three buttons give all users a comfortable, enjoyable, and restful experience.
For more information on the operation of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask, the full User's Manual can be read on the NeuroDreamer website.
If you would like the complete, geeky details on how the NeuroDreamer sleep mask works, they are available on the documentation page of the NeuroDreamer website.
Kickstarter-only: get a NeuroDreamer sleep mask at a 10% discount, plus free shipping!
The planned retail price for the NeuroDreamer is $100 each -- but for our Kickstarter campaign, we are offering a production sleep mask for only $90 -- a 10% discount that includes free shipping in the US!
Special Lucid Dreaming Version – Kickstarter-only!
For people who give $100: you will receive a special Lucid Dreaming edition of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask after production. In this version, with the push of one button:
* get the rest you want with our great sleep sequences
* control your dreams with visual and auditory cues to trigger lucid dreaming
* an optional alarm to wake you up so you can write down your dreams
* an optional alarm to wake you up when you want
All of the features of this version of NeuroDreamer sleep mask are configurable by the mask itself without the need of an external computer.
Production mask in October, plus Kickstarter-only prototype without waiting!
If you give $180, as a premium you get a production sleep mask when they are ready, plus a fully functional prototype as soon as the Kickstarter campaign is funded -- no waiting! If you're interested, please act fast, since this is limited to the first 200 people only.
Special Meditation Version -- Kickstarter-only!
For people who give $225, as a premium we will send you two NeuroDreamer sleep masks after production: one for rest, and the other with a custom, Kickstarter-only meditation brainwave sequence.
Please see the list of all of the way cool premiums available on the column to the right!
Help us help you get the rest you want, and in so doing, help us help others too! We all need quality rest.
How will the money be used? What's the plan?
About a year ago I made a bunch of prototypes for testing purposes. Lots of people tried them out and gave us their valuable thoughts and feelings, all of which we used to make the NeuroDreamer sleep mask much better at its task. We also used the prototypes for solving all of our manufacturing issues. It took a year to perfect, but we're finally ready!
I’ve already bought many of the required parts. To purchase the remaining materials, and to start the manufacturing process, we need $66,000. Any and all additional money will help us make more units and ship them from our manufacturer in China to the US. It will also help us create version 2 of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask, with even more cool features.
The manufacturer I use is called Etonnet, and is located in Shanghai, China. I've used them for all of my products since 2007, including TV-B-Gone remote controls, and my open hardware kits. As well as providing high quality manufactured products, they treat (and pay) their employees well, and still give me a decent price -- all of which is important! I visit them every year, they're great. I look forward to them manufacturing NeuroDreamer sleep masks as well.
This is an Open Source Project
I make a living creating and selling open source projects that I love. All of my projects are open source. Up until now, my main project has been TV-B-Gone universal remote controls (I’ve sold 390,000 of them). I also have a bunch of kits for people to learn electronics. You can see all of my projects here:
Open Source is a great way to go! I love sharing my knowledge with anyone who is interested. Others can learn from what I share, and if they wish, can improve upon my projects, and then share their improvements with me, thus making my product much better than it would have been working on my own. I can then, in turn, share these improvements with the world, and the cycle continues.
Also with open source, people can use my ideas for their own cool purposes. Open source encourages creativity and innovation.
All of the above is why the NeuroDreamer sleep mask is an open source project.
The only requirements for the open source license I use are: give me credit, and share what you use from me as open source, with the same license. The license I use is “CC BY-SA 3.0”
Initial documentation can be found at the above link. Please check back, as we’ll be adding more as we go along.
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Huge thanks to my friend Vladimir Gitlevich, who is responsible for the quality of our project's video.
Thanks to my friend Nina Paley for her slightly modified graphics for the sleep mask, taken from her extremely beautiful, animated, autobiographical, open source film, "Sita Sings the Blues", which anyone can download for free.
Many thanks to all of the people at Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco, where a lot of people tested early versions of the NeuroDreamer sleep mask, helping make it way better.
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