People don't purchase these devices to have a Lucid Dreams, why? because we were not taught about them growing up! That's what I would say if I wasn't one of them who truly seeks such exercises such as Lucid Dream...The thing is I am !
I've always had a keen interest in Lucid Dreaming and I purchased a mask called the "Nova Dreamer"; so this goes way back for my interest. Since we spend a 1/3 of our lives sleeping, why not Lucid dream once or twice a month or more! When we were children and lucid dreamed almost nightly, we were never told enhance our dreams. We were taught to ignore them, we're children what do they know!
What is so exciting about being able to Lucid dream? That's it! When you Lucid dream you start to control what you want to dream sometimes and where you want to go sometimes, either to the center of the galaxy or on a tropical island beach somewhere but nowhere! Everywhere! and "Anywhere"!
You save your monies every year or two to go on vacation either once a year or every two years, while you are saving you can still go on that needed vacation every night while you sleep! I know you all heard this over and over again and so have I. I just had to wait for technology to catch up with me!
The New Lucid Dreaming Headband, no bulky computers resting over your forehead down to the your cheek bones, no more sleeping mask type Lucid Dreaming masks...
There was a kick-starter program for the proto-type Aurora lucid dreaming headband about 4 years ago and of course it has been a success. They raised way over the amount they needed for research and development. I seen the proto-type and understood what they were trying to go with their new software. They collected many hundreds of recorded sleep programs from several hundred volunteers who have uploaded their recordings from the Aurora.
This was iWinks first proto-type of course the final product looks much different and you will see this further down this article.
I just found out about them late last year and I purchased one in December 2016 and they just confirmed my order this week and hopefully I will have it in the next couple of months or so. It is uniquely different from the old versions of the face masks. It has an elastic band for around the head and in the center of your forehead above your 3rd eye there is a bluetooth activated small square shape plastic box.
Lucid dreaming masks are not so unique for they have been around for many years on the open markets. But what is new in this 21st Century are most electronics are becoming bluetooth enabled, just about anything these days runs from your I-Phones etc. If there isn't an application for something, you can bet there will be in a few short months. This company called "Aurora" is not the exception to the rule!
We've come along ways to aid you in a Lucid Dream and soon you won't even need your headband anymore! But this is the perfect way to start and end this thing or to some this struggle to lucid dreaming!
Aurora company "iWinks" took a lucid dreaming idea and begin to build the proto-type and shrunk it down in size and made it almost as light as air! What use to take a 2x2 inch circuit board; now requires very little electronic parts because it was created to forward all the hard work and details to the I-Phone. None of the current lucid dreaming sleep masks caught on to this technology and that is where they remain to this this time! These old masks, covers 3/4 from the top of one's forehead to below the cheek bones.
Then you have these huge computer boards if you were to compare it with the new Aurora, resting on the bridge of your nose again no new design to speak about and it still relies on "REM" detection while you sleep not where the realtime REM signals coming from the brain realtime, that is if you can sleep with this full face mask! Many who owned the Nova Dreamer and I was one of them in the 1980's; We have come to realize it would be on the bedroom floor the next morning.
This is a typical recording that the Aurora recorded from someone's night sleep. Where the red dashes are, is where the Aurora detected the REM sleep 100% each time. The lights and sounds then did there thing.
But some true to life dreamers trying to design and configure different designed Lucid Dreaming headgear, a lighter design with the LED lights setting in a much smaller space but still reach the full eye even from their distance located above each eye, so the eye doesn't need to be covered as with the REMEE and the NOVA Dreamer of times past.
Keep your eyes open on these Kickstarter programs! Some do offer promising technologies and this was one of them, called the Aurora!
It's true there are few Kickstarter companies promoting their designs and some of these lucid dream mask designs look like Jordi's Eye Visor from Star Trek the next generation. They will become smaller and more streamed line as technologies from the upper echelon spills over into the private sector technologies.
The Aurora started as a KickStarter Program 4 years ago! This year their sending out hundreds of these newly designed Lucid Dream headbands. I signed up in December, the mask is $300.00! They are already funded over their goal.
I might be in line to get my mask in this 1st quarter of 2017. There are quite a few who are ahead of me, who've been waiting for 4 years since the beginning of the Kickstarter program. But most of those orders have been already filled since them.
It would be no surprise here that I love simple but high tech toys! And this is truly one of them! Quite refreshing to have something not pressing against the bridge of the nose and on the middle of the forehead. The volunteers say they slept really well after a few days of using the device. They have a program to record realtime your specific brainwave states of mind for recuperation etc.
Why is this new Aurora Lucid Dreaming Headband more promising then ever to allow one a person to enter the coveted realm of Lucid dreaming!
Stay with me on this! With this device, you and I will be even closer to waking up in our dreams then we could of imaginably conceive at this moment. This headband and that is what this is a stretchy headband that houses a small light square plastic box shape over your third eye chakra or between your eyebrows!
The prototype was used by volunteers in the overall averages and they had their first Lucid dream in 15-20 days using it every night. As the weeks rolled on; the lucid dream activities increase in numbers and became closer together like several of them in a single week for more than half of the beta testers of this new device.
But you got to understand most masks are still old technology being sold as new technologies! We never had the technologies adding EEG devices to allow us to record our brainwaves 100% while in the state of sleep! It was simply unaffordable! We depended upon REM sleep when the infrared detector detected rapid eye movement; it would alarm the computer and the lights and sounds would go off. (very archaic)! Technologies Wise!
The REM masks of the past missed it entirely! They were going on the outward appearance triggers for REM signals instead of an looking inward to seeing this complicated environment of the nature of actual REM sleeping in other words the realtime "theta" activity while one was alseep.
It's been years now we have educated ourselves and realized there are other approaches to be tried and this company tried and tried until they came up with a winner! REM masks are the "things" of the past! It's all about bluetooth technologies and smart phone technologies and a more streamline educated support from the true lucid dreamers by them providing iWinks with their sleep data.
Sleep Science personnel and Techs have discovered and could now afford to place 3 metal EEG sensors in front of the forehead it could easily sense when an individual's own brain was in Deep Theta in Realtime! This didn't have to depend on rapid eye movement because this method besides being arcane, never read the true theta signal while it started and when it ended.
Sure that person may had a REM but how many of those REM's were caught by the NOVA Dreamer or the other Older Dream masks? Not anymore! As soon as the brain falls into true REM sleep; the sensors pickup on it, deep in the brain, not watching and waiting for REM sleep eye movements to suddenly flip off and alarm!
The Aurora Lucid Dreaming Headband holds several advantageous such as it is light weight and it uses your smart phone for activation, while asleep or doing your afternoon meditations...You can have it wake you up after you had your best sleep according to it's software records! It picks the best wake up time for you!
Now we have two advantages; the first the unit is so light, that it rests comfortably over your head and all electronic parts are contained in this light plastic square shape box unit. Secondly, it uses 3 each EEG sensors! These are evenly distant from each other that centers near the forehead over the third eye chakra.
Thirdly, another advantage, it has bluetooth technology! When the headband device records this EEG information where is it all sent to, not to who but to where? The Aurora company decided to create a software program in the I-Phone, this would be the receiving signals from the headband being worn by the sleeper being recorded by the iWinks software application on your smart phone.
Thus it collects "sleep" data like only few on the markets today! But this software in terms of what it does, serves a greater purpose for the Lucid Dreamer! The volunteers recorded information was sent to the company for software development it showed iWinks the Aurora was right on during the REM cycles. Tweaks were done if they have discovered certain underlying issues either to better the software or to stabilize it!
This is the only Lucid Dreaming Headband on the market that is streamline and has 3 EEG metal contacts to read the REM on the inside of your head in Realtime, instead of the tale, tale sign of the REM eye movements on the outside! This lucid headband looks for the signal on the inside of the brain not on the outside of the brain!
This sleep information is recorded in a series of studies such has where did your first REM actually occur and in how long of time! This information is sent to the I-phone software all night long. It will record your restlessness moments, your deep delta moments and your awaken moments and your light sleep moments etc.
This is just a few to speak about! But you will see that the EEG sensors know when to trigger the pre-programmed lights and sounds at the very same time it recorded the first REM encounter. It will record all night long; your sleep down time! This will make an awesome meditation tool because you can use the device during your waking hours.
This software records every minute to every hour of your sleep patterns and this information can be sent to the company if you desire to for further analysis. This helps the software engineers and the Psych personnel from sleep colleges to trim and expand new parameters from the historical data received by the lucid dreaming volunteers. So, the company enhances areas of the program that had missing parameters they never considered before.
The Aurora Software is the meat and potatoes of the AURORA! It is the communication to and from what goes on inside your brain by reading your brainwaves! It's doesn't produce artificial brainwaves it only records them, so the application software can trigger the light and sounds in your dreaming mind.
Each time new lucid dreamers send in their sleep information from their smart phones, this happens within a month or two, the company will compare the studies to see the "Why's" and "How's". They upgrade the newer information in their software and send it to you in a free download format to your I-Phone. So you are never outdated with the new and improve changes from sleep studies of the current and of the future developments along the way.
We all are aware of the older lucid dreaming masks and how they worked with light and sound but this new device, in this dreaming gear serves or yields a much promising aspect, the lights are showing up in your dreams, maybe swirling, maybe psychedelic. During the proto-type run, iWinks didn't have sound. Surprisingly, they have built the hardware to add sound for later as a surprise to their backers, which they did just recently release this program.
You place over your head a light weight headband and on this band rests a small light plastic square shaped box, which houses the bluetooth technology and reads the software on your phone....
Once you place on this headband and fall asleep and when you enter REM; the device is programmed to allow your hand picked lighting to enter into your dreams. As you are currently dreaming, you realize something weird is going on. The scenery of your dreams take on a life of it's own! The sky outside in your dreams or the room you maybe in is flashing a bright orange color pattern.
But you shoved it off, you accepted your subconscious version of its own story. Maybe your thinking oh it's lightening, but that's ok, you have plenty of REM detection throughout the night to keep reminding you that in fact you are dreaming! Remember it does take a small amount of time to get use to this type of training.
It's like anything else, practice makes the brain accept the new training! One tester, a young man recorded himself on Youtube told the company his first lucid dream experience. It took him 30 days using the Aurora, but during those 30 days he almost go there but needed some more training so he was patient.
When using such a device, you should in your waking moments remind yourself that when your dreaming, those lights you have programmed into your software and or sounds, will show up in your dreams. This actually gets planted in your Subconscious after a few days or so doing this!
And this beta testers patience paid off, on the day after that would be the first of the next month, he had his first full blown Lucid Dream; not just one but several of them. A young lady who was also a beta tester stated, she had lucid dream every single night except the last day of the week! Because her subconscious got her to believe that the lights and sounds were coming from a dance building that teach dancing lessons.
She seen the lights and heard the recognizable sounds yet her dreaming mind was trying to mask it to keep her conscious fast asleep! She is the "exception" to the rule, for having so many at the beginning and she had lucid dreamed prior to purchasing the Aurora. She also did WILD's! The beta tester did say, it made it very easy to have a Lucid dream. If she did it, she could only have one to two a month!
Not everyone will have these kinds of results because we all handle our dreams differently and we react differently to differing stimuli. You will find your perfect setting as you experiment with the "Aurora" there will be many type settings for you to try out certainly one of them will work for you! Patience is the key!
The Aurora is a great Lucid Dreaming Device it can be used for other purposes, not like the REMEE or the Nova Dreamer. They were only used for one single purpose! This Aurora is the reality of our current mind technologies that was manifested by an idea and inspiration of it's designers and programmers. It can be used while you are awake!
Did you also know as your are listening to your meditation cd's during the late afternoon, you can record your brainwave patterns in Realtime using the headband while you listen! This is what I mean about using it during the day, when meditating and to see if your meditation cd's brought you down to theta or delta level mind state. Everything is being currently recorded on your smart phone up to the second as you meditate.
This can tell you in no uncertain terms, where your current mind state was at during the meditation and how much time you spent in each brainwave state. So, if you have a 30 day MBG (Money Back Guarantee) on your meditation program and you listen to those cd's righteously each evening. Your cell phone will be recording a ton of information about your state of mind while in this particular meditation. But after two weeks of listening and your brain doesn't go further then "Alpha" mindset, I would get my money back!
If the company states in their advertisement that your mind will go deep into "Delta" with their advanced cd's or you can astral project from "theta" where it promises it will take you and the Aurora shows differently, showing you where you truly was at; which may have been deep "Alpha" only. All that training as they promised you would achieve; you would have an iron clad excuse for getting your money back!
The "Aurora" Lucid Dreaming Device, is a "Reflective"mind tool. It's and electronic bluetooth operated "Mirror"! It reflects the Realtime REM signal and sends it to the software for processing of what state of mind you are occupying and once that state is achieved by your sleeping consciousness then "Aurora" will alarm the sleeper to wake up!
Yet, this Aurora may prove the opposite in your personal meditation programs. It may prove that your meditation training cd's actually do as promised! So, you would be more inclined to continue your training; knowing your going down into the deep mindset just like the company promised you would achieve! No more guessing!
With the Aurora, it becomes a reflective tool only! But once it detects you are in REM state, its job is to alert the software in your smart phone to wake you up in your dreams, the rest is all up to you! All these signals are setup by you and configured on your smart phone application of the Aurora.
This lucid dreaming headband is a very valuable and flexible tool for your Psychic/Psyche research and development; which includes your dream studies and other off the fringe research and mind training. Once you reach that Lucid Level; the sky will be the limit for you! You will be able to do things that defy reason and logic.
Not all KickStarters are successful, so be careful when investing in them. There are no refunds if it fails to materialize their inventions...
Like I said before; there are a few KickStarter programs out there having great ideas to bring their inventions to the public and it could take them 2-3 years to get up and running but your support by giving early for their research and development, helps them to bring the design and promise from the drafting table to the finished product. I sent my order in and I'm anxiously awaiting for my unit. They confirmed just this week my address!
One can expect iWinks to better their software program when their users upload to their cloud; the dream information that was recorded while they slept. iWinks will take this accumulative data and find even further evidence how the human mind works and to see how the company would be able to adjust their software program or hardware to bring its users closer to having spontaneous lucid dreams like never before.
I am sure most of you in time, who purchase such a device, will probably come up with some cool ways of using this device. Until better technologies comes out into the markets, this is as close as one will get to having a real Lucid Dream Experience. Realtime data with Realtime results. Just keep reminding yourselves throughout the day that when you recognize those dazzling lights in your dreams and here that recognizable sounds, you will wake yourself up in that dream.
When you purchase meditation cd's for astral projection or to experience OBE's, you are expecting to have one, when listening to their superior meditation program.
Now that we are familiar with the instrument, this light small plastic box in the center of the stretch headband and this same small square plastic would be located on the center of the forehead, not covering your eyes and most of your face with a mask.
The above is iWinks current software program that is running in the bluetooth mode communicating with iWinks "Aurora" Lucid Dreaming Headband!
We start up our application on the smart phone, we set our parameters how we want to be woken in our sleep and lie back while either listening to the meditation cd's or when your asleep, no matter. It would be nice for a change to know how far my cd's takes my mind down during those advanced sessions.
I don't think we could do anything about our state of mind during the listening session because the Aurora only records where you brain was or is currently at (Reflection) only! This outside influence, your meditation cd's it's directing you along with certain brain mimic frequencies.
The above was one of the ways to use the "Aurora" and there are (3) other ways of the four ways such as; "Lucid Dreaming" or "Astral Projection" or Out of Body Experience...
The only thing you could do is to practice what it teaches you without the cd; if your using a meditation of sorts. Look at the what the software had recorded. Adjust maybe the way you relax and practice but record your mind-state; while the Aurora is scanning your current state of mind during any mind training exercise.
You would be able to adjust your relaxation methods the next time around by studying where your brainwaves were at the time during the mental exercises you undertook and how your body was reacting to the stimuli from the Aurora. It's this missing information that keeps the would be Lucid Dreamer or Astral Traveler from ever reaching their goals. It's like having your own mentor!
This is the Aurora I purchased in Dec. 2016. This is the final and completed unit. It took them from Kickstarter until now, up to 4 years!
So, one has got to wander to themselves; what will Lucid Dreaming to for me? At first, you would probably have a lot of fun! When I first had my lucid dream about 6 months ago, it was like being a director of my own movie. During my lucid experience I can see the results of my subconscious creating this movie I was "now" directing and participating in at the same time!
The Lucid Dreaming masks had a good idea but it was the lack of technology and understanding realtime recording verse leading from behind using the old REM masks.
I had a Lucid Dream several weeks ago, I had partial control never full control of the lucid dreaming, you will learn as you keep practicing. I rarely get these opportunities if left up to me to do so. I knew some people who are naturals and as soon as they fall asleep,
they begin to dream and realize where they are and they consciously begin to participate in various programs their subconscious minds create for them. Some flying and still others visiting other dimensions (astral projection) or some stepping out of their bodies also known as OBE's.
The idea of a lucid dream mask was going the right direction in the 80's, it just took time and lot's of money to create a new design proto-type with EEG contacts to make the contact with the actual REM sleepers mind in realtime. This is leading ahead being proactive not reactive from leading behind when studying the minds ways of thinking!
The old Lucid Dreaming masks just weren't technologically advanced enough to allow us to record our brainwaves in realtime, not leaving behind the historical data of the after effects of such inner working of the subconscious mind.
In the past, the masks covered the eyes all the way to the bottom of your cheek bones. The computer in the mask was bulky and bothered people including myself, who owned the Nova Dreamer Mask. This product below is what I am referring too!
The above runs like the Nova Dreamer the computer is stitched inside the mask between the eyebrow area. It relies on REM movement of the "Eyes"! The Aurora is different it has 3 EEG disks center in the middle of the forehead and it reads your brainwaves realtime verses masks that only look for the REM movement of their eyes!
It's my intentions since we all have the natural ability to Lucid Dream, to use this mechanism to have OBE's and to Astral Project to various realms and even to, go around this planet mindfully. All this can be accomplish from a Lucid Dream springboard.
Some maybe confused with the stated OBE's and Astral Traveling. Once you experience full blown Lucid Dreaming on a regular basis, you will understand more about this other ability or abilities.
I wasn't interested in this device for just Lucid Dreaming been there and done that! I've learned one could use this while in cd meditation also, recording live your current states mind and how long it took you to get there! That is why I purchased it!
These extra abilities such as Astral Projection or Remote Viewing etc. everyone whether your conscious of it or not have astral traveled or have spontaneous OBE's at one time or another. This Lucid Training Device simply referred to as the "Aurora" can get you there much faster and much safer.
It can bring us closer into our deep subconscious thinking minds when REM occurs. So far, this is the most advanced head gear to date; for not only lucid dreaming but for recording your brainwaves while you are awake such as using it for meditation cd's you purchased!
You notice that the eyes and cheek bones are not covering her face and the light just flashed above the eyelids not directly over the eyelids like the old Nova Dreamer.
I guess I was certain when I purchased this device; it wasn't just for Lucid dreaming, because I've been there before with the "Nova Dreamer" and I didn't want to go through that again with ripping off a mask in the middle of the night but it also served other purposes beyond the dreaming mind and this alone caught my interest. Finally someone made the bluetooth technologies useful.
Not all KickStart programs pan out! It's like investing in a new "Stock" sometimes they don't pan out and you lose everything you invested into it and there is no hope of ever getting you money back. Except, maybe you learned an expensive lesson.
Finally not only did a company called, iWinks come up with a so called Lucid Dreaming Headband, they came up with an all around tool to measure current mind state in realtime, while awake or asleep using bluetooth technologies to synch it with the smart phone technologies. This was a super move on their part and it cost over a half of million dollars for this company to forge ahead with this idea.
Their status right now, the company just received hundreds if not a thousand designer package boxes to box their unit sending out to the customers. I should receive my unit around Feb. or March 2017. There were many who have waited for almost 4 years because the KickStarters knew it could take several years for the instrument to be built from drafting paper to finished project. Investors of this technology who supported the company, took a risk and won!