Lucid dreaming mask marries economy with comfort

Here’s an effort to make a cheap lucid dreaming mask that is also comfortable. The idea is in response to the goggles we saw in April (which would not be too comfortable to sleep in) and the wildly successful Remee (which has an $80 target price).

The mask itself is sewn from a child’s fleece blanket. Inside is a piece of foam cut from some recreation mat. You know, those squares made for a play area that connect together like a jigsaw puzzle. You may have already spotted the Arduino in the image above, but the project is designed to run from an AVR chip embedded in the foam. The design only uses three LEDs, which may or may not work for you — we’d guess it depends on how they line up with your eyes. The video after the break does a great job of illustrating each point in the construction.

If you’re looking for something less soothing and more recreational you could always try out these trippy goggles.

14 thoughts on “Lucid dreaming mask marries economy with comfort

    1. Instead of getting all giddy to get in the first “Arduino lols!”-comment you could’ve kept reading and avoided making yourself look stupid.

  1. Very cool! I ordered the Remee but who knows when it will finally arrive! This certainly looks more comfortable than some of the other hacks I’ve seen. Certainly a good balance. Just gotta get rid of that wire and use batteries instead!

      1. I designed a headband with a motion detector that is sensitive enough to pick up the heartbeat and can thus easily detect rapid eye movements. It is connected to my laptop which plays an audio track when it detects that I am dreaming. I post the raw logs along with a printout of the most interesting minute to LSDBase every other day. I am currently teaching myself to blink in Morse Code patterns in hope that I can transcribe live from with a dream one day.

    1. Do lucid dreaming devices work?

      For the last twenty years I have almost always had lucid dreams. My mind has adapted and now my dreams are so mundane that I cannot tell if I am dreaming anymore. It’s annoying.

      1. Michael Paul Coder, got a link to your headband? Is it DIYable for the average joe? Sounds pretty awesome!

  2. Atmega for flashing LEDs is like
    taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

    An Attiny is cheaper and will get the job done too.

    1. I guess it’s a good thing that the original article goes into detail about the arduino being a temporary stand in because some components were unavailable. The author talks about using an ATTINY45 :) I’m thinking about making the same thing.

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