‘Remee’ – New Lucid Dreaming Mask

‘Remee’ – New Lucid Dreaming Mask

May 21

Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan

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ABOUT REMEE

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What is Remee?

In essence, Remee is a specialized sleep mask. You put it on before you go to bed and with practice and determination, it should help increase the number of lucid dreams you have.

So how does it work?

Sleep stages are divided into two main categories: non-REM sleep and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, where dreams typically occur. Over the course of the night a sleeper will cycle through the five stages of sleep a number of times with the REM stages lasting longer and longer towards morning.

In default mode, Remee targets these long chunks of REM sleep towards the end of the sleep period. Before bed, turn Remee on, fine tune the brightness of the lights (if needed) and then go to sleep. Remee will wait for an initial long delay, usually 4-5 hours, until you’re in the heart of the heavy REM stages, before initializing light patterns. After the initial long delay Remee will display light patterns for 15-20 seconds with a second shorter delay, default at 15 minutes, between each signal. During non-REM sleep the lights are unlikely to effect you, but if you’re in REM sleep the lights will bleed into your dreams, presenting a perfect chance to become lucid.

Why six lights and why red?

We spent a lot of time making sure that Remee’s lights were configured in such a way that it would work well for all face shapes and head sizes. Six lights creates a much larger effective signal area so that even if the mask shifts during sleep you’ll still most likely have at least a few lights over your eyes. Even cooler, by having six lights we make it possible to create much more unique signals that can strobe, sweep and blink in ways that are not only recognizable, but that stimulate your visual field in a more tangible way. In addition, red light penetrates skin much more readily than other wavelengths. Remember when you were a kid and you put a flashlight in your mouth to make your cheeks glow red? That happens because red light is able to pass through your skin, and in the case of Remee, your eyelids, much more easily. On a side note, red LEDs also use much less power than other colors so we were able to keep you from strapping a 9v battery to your head.

Customizable, you say?

You bet. You’ll be able to edit the standard full night sleep long delay and short delay, as well as setting both the short and long delay for nap mode. Nap mode lets you trigger signals after a delay as short as 15 minutes — perfect for a quick lucid siesta. This is also great for the Wake-Back-to-Bed technique, which veteran oneironauts can attest is one of the best methods for lucid dreaming. In addition to setting Remee’s timing, you’ll be able to select from a variety of unique signal patterns and also modify the brightness to suit your paper thin or ogre thick eyelids.

Lucid Dreaming, really?

Yes, really! For nearly as long as recorded human history, the idea of consciously recognizing and controlling our dreams has been around. From the Hindu Upanishads to Aristotle’s On Dreams, people have been puzzling out the mysteries of lucid dreaming for centuries. These days, there’s more information on Lucid Dreaming, the science behind it, and modes and methods of experiencing it than there ever has been. Yet the idea still remains relatively unknown to the average person.

To us, this is kind of a shame, sort of like being unaware of the existence of books or music. Lucid Dreaming can be one of the most profound things you can experience in this life — but explaining it to someone who has never done it can be a bit difficult. It is so visceral and hard to put into words that it can rarely be related in a meaningful way to a non-lucid dreamer. Conversely, when a lucid dreamer meets another lucid dreamer comin’ through the rye, general excitement and lots of note-comparing ensues. It almost feels like a secret club. We want you to be in that club, too.

Great, but why would I want to do it?

This is an easy one. You saw in our video some of the more creative applications of Lucid Dreaming. Sure, you can perform any feat from the sublime to the superhuman. But the potential benefits of lucid dreaming are truly limitless. Flying through the galaxy riding a giant kitten might not be your thing, but what about having a roundtable discussion with your ego and id? Maybe you can finally get over your fear of public speaking in the safety of your own dreams. What about trying to write a short story, or compose a melody? Paul McCartney and Mary Shelley, among others, might have a lot to say about harnessing the creative power of dreams. Build skyscrapers in your mind, attack unsolved mathematical problems, or just try and figure out what happened at the end of Lost. Lucid dreaming is a path, a journey — what lies at the end of the path, magnificent or mundane, is your call.

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RELATED LINKS:

Remee Website
Remee on Kickstarter

Wikipedia on Lucid Dreaming
Lucidipedia
Lucid Dreaming on Reddit (37,000+ members)
Wake Up & Dream (Steve Volk describes using lucid dreaming to overcome a recurring nightmare)
The Lucidity Institute (Stephen LaBerge)
Wikipedia on Stephen LaBerge
Dream Studies (Ryan Hurd)

Pulse on Dreams

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REAL LIFE INCEPTION: TWO ‘MAD SCIENTISTS’ CREATE SLEEP MASK THAT LETS PEOPLE CONTROL THEIR DREAMS
By Snejana Farberov
Mail Online
May 20, 2012

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In a twist straight out of the movie Inception, a duo of developers from Brooklyn, New York, have built a sleeping mask designed to allow people to have lucid dreams that they can control.

While it may look like a standard sleeping mask, Remee has been billed as a special REM (Rapid Eye Movement) enhancing device that is supposed to help steer the sleeper into lucid dreaming by making the brain aware that it is dreaming.

The goal of the product is to allow people to have the dreams of their choice, from driving a race car to flying to having lunch with Abraham Lincoln.

In the hit movie Inception, directed by Christoper Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, a team of corporate spies enter a man’s dream to plant an idea into his subconscious. It is set in a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, Nolan was said to have come up with the idea ten years ago.

The futuristic invention is the brainchild of Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan, both aged 30, who have started a company named Bitbanger Labs.

The two friends put up their project on the crowd funding website Kickstarter with the goal of raising $35,000. By this week, more than 6,550 people pledged $572,891 to fund Remee.

The inside of the sleeping mask features a series of six red LED lights that are too faint to wake the sleeper up, but visible enough for the brain to register them.

The lights can be programed to produce a sequence designed by the user.

Sleep stages are divided into two main categories: non-REM and REM. People go back and forth between these stages throughout the night, with REM stages, where most dreaming occurs, lasting the longest towards morning.

Remee apparently notices these longer REM stages and ‘enters’ the dream via the flashing lights. The device will wait for four to five hours for the sleeper to get into the heavy REM stages before the red lights turn on.

The idea is simple: you are playing a perfect round of golf in a dream, and you see a pattern of red lights flashing in the distance.

Because the pattern is in a particular sequence, it would signal to you that you are dreaming, not unlike the totem object in Inception.

Once you realize you are in a dream, you can then decide what happens next, whether it be a quick trip to Antarctica or time travel.

Rather than encumbering the mask with buttons and controls, its inventors set up a website called sleepwithremee.com where users can adjust the setups, such as when to start the light sequence and when to repeat it. The intensity of the lights can also be changed.

Remee will display light patterns for 15 to 20 seconds, with a second delay of 15 minutes between each signal. During non-REM sleep, the lights are unlikely to affect the user.

In terms of user safety and possible health risks, Mr Frazier said In a phone interview with Mail Online on Sunday that he has not received any reports of problems associated with the mask.

He also added that LED lights are not known to cause seizures.

Frazier said that he uses his Remee several times a week, but he admitted that reaching a state of lucidity can be ‘hard’ and does not happen every time.

The two inventors began working on the mask last February after reading studies focusing on lucid dreams that were conducted at Stanford University in the 1980s.

That is also when the first models of ‘dream machines’ were created.

However, he said that the early devices were bulky and expensive, some coming with a price tag of $1,000. One of the models was even available though the Skymall catalog handed out on planes, Frazier said.

Frazier and McGuigan built the first prototype of Remee at home before taking their design to a manufacturer.

The Remee sleeping mask is light and works on tiny 3V coin cell batteries that last for several months since the devices uses up power only when the lights are blinking.

With the funding for the project now in place, people can pre-order the masks. They are available in five color options and are priced at $95 each.

Mr Frazier said that so far, they have received 7,000 orders, many of them coming from Australia, Italy and Spain.

When Remee was first presented on Kickstarter, customers could also order the masks with customized designs of their choosing, but Frazier said that this option is no longer available.

Frazier graduated from Lock Haven University with a degree in computer science. Besides working on Remee, the 30-year-old also founded a company specializing in creating 360-degree panoramas and interactive media.

McGuigan studied film at Arizona State University, although Frazier said that their technical skills overlap.

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1 comment

  1. I think this is a really cool idea guys! I’m wondering now…the people who ordered the masks, did you get any feedback from them yet? If yes, where can I find the reviews? Bottom line for me is..if it really works “I’ll definitely try a pair!” write me back, I’m curious to know now.

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