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Lucid Dream Art

Michael of Lucid Code has refined his own REM detection system project known as Halovision which is great news for us interested in sleep and dream research.

Halograph dream headband with camera

The device measures subtle electrooculography (EOG) muscle changes by means of a small 5 megapixel camera over the eye which records your eyelid movements digitally frame by frame via your associated computer device.

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[Michael] has been working on projects involving lucid dreaming for a long time. The recurring problem with most projects of this nature, though, is that they often rely on some sort of headgear or other wearable which can be cumbersome to actually sleep with. He seems to have made some headway on that problem by replacing some of the offending equipment with a small camera that can detect eye movements just as well as other methods.

The idea behind projects like this is that a piece of hardware detects when the user is in REM sleep, and activates some cue which alerts the sleeper to the fact that they’re dreaming (without waking them up). Then, the sleeper can take control of the dream. The new device uses a small camera that dangles in front of an eye, which is close enough to monitor the eye’s movement. It measures the amount of change between each frame, logs the movements throughout the night and plays audio tracks or triggers other hardware when eye movements are detected.

[Michael] is looking for volunteers to provide sleep logs and run tests, so if you’re interested then check out the project!

Source: Hackaday

Human Interface Layer

I received an even more mysterious device that does input (and output?) via audio cables… still have to summon the courage to give it a test run!

Equipment Donation

Jeff sent me a EV-806A tENS device pre-configured at 40 Hz, a Zeo along with some replacement sensors, a Yocto PowerRelay, a Bluetooth speaker and over 50 electrodes – early Christmas at the lab!

Hackaday

milk-carton-mask-layoutBeing aware that oneself is in a dream can be a difficult moment to accomplish. But as [Rob] showed on his blog, monitoring the lucid experience once it happens doesn’t have to be costly. Instead, household items can be fashioned together to make a mask that senses REM sleep cycles. We were tipped off to the project by [Michael Paul Coder] who developed an algorithm to communicate inside a dream.

[Rob] cut up plastic milk cartons for this ‘DreamJacker’ project and attached a webcam to produce a simple way to detect eye movements. A standard game adapter with a triangular array of white LED’s was added to the plastic cover in order to provide the necessary illumination needed for the camera. After testing it out, he switched to red light to balance sensitivity issues. Another iteration later and [Rob] attempted to create hypnagogic imagery during the drowsiness state that occurs right before falling…

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Optical mouse hack

Lucid Dream Art

I recently came across Michael Paul Coder’s latest FIELD update on Lucidcode which was of great interest to me.

Basically this program is an upgraded version of his mouse control reader program for the LucidScribe platform.

The program, via the algorithm, could now detect the delicate movement picked up by the small camera sensor in the mouse where it would play a short soundtrack after several ‘movements’ over a short period of time.

It would be hoped that the mouse optics could be used as a form of REM eyelid movement or detection method, which might prove useful as a help in regard to lucid dreaming.

eye mask fitted with optical mouse assembly DreamCaptcha mask

It should be noted, hardware wise, that using an optical mouse in this way is not a new idea where the LED is directly replaced with an IR counterpart.

I personally have come across some interesting articles on the Internet and forums…

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Mysterious tDCS Device

I received a free tDCS device from a generous benefactor along with a mysterious letter calling for the assembly of a self-sufficient collective of cyborgs that are linked using EEG, tACS, and invasive brain implants.

DreamNET

DreamNET
Bill Murphy, the Science Correspondent of the Lucid Dreaming Experience magazine and a long time user, who some of you may know as the Lead Scientist from shows on the SyFy and Discovery channel, has been working on a device based on NeuroSky’s ThinkGear AM chipset that plugs right into Lucid Scribe.

Inspired by Tom’s mod on LSDBase, Bill hopes to open up a wide range of experiments for those interested in performing personal dream research and contributing to the search for lucidity. And I hope to gain access to a fountain of research data to feed into a new research platform.

I want to believe that the logo pays homage to my allusions to lightbending.

Halovision 0.9.0

A new Lucid Scribe plugin that measures the amount of change between each frame from a webcam stream. And plays audio tracks when rapid eye movement patterns are detected. The REM-detection algorithm is still under development and investigation, but it should trigger under the default settings after blinking a few times in a row, with around two seconds between each blink. The blinks should make the graph jump to 1000 and be below 500 between blinks.

Halovision

I need some log files to perfect the REM-detection algorithm – if you happen to awaken from a dream and can see a distinct pattern in the logs just before you woke up, please send me the LSD file or upload it to the Lucid Scribe Database project. No images are ever saved and Lucid Scribe Data files are human-readable.

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I was classified as an alien of extraordinary ability. For science! In the field of mobile biometric identification.

It took the better part of the year to gather the courage and send in the petition that consisted of a table of contents, form I-129, a support letter, my resume, 8 reference letters, 6 certifications and 3 media references.

Alien of Extraordinary Ability (O1-A)

Since my work has not yet been recognized by the Nobel committee, I went with the following three criteria:

  • Original scientific, scholarly, or business-related contributions of major significance in the field
  • Employment in a critical or essential capacity for organizations and establishments, that have a distinguished reputation
  • A high remuneration for services as evidenced by contracts

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