New tech claims to make your dreams a reality
In the movie Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise (pictured inset), Cruise’s character suffers an accident leaving his face deformed. To cope, he signs up for a futuristic program that does cryonic suspension placing people in a lucid dream state, meaning, their minds are are in a controlled dream which feels like reality. New technology called Remee claims to be able to do something similar; allowing people to control their dreams.
Remee, which is a project on Kickstarter, is essentially a comfortable sleeping mask that can be customized so you can control your dreams, to be whatever you want them to be. The best part is that mask using blinking lights during your deepest REM sleep, will be able to trick your brain into thinking the dream is lucid, or real life. Think of it like the lights are sending instructions to your brain with morse code on what to dream. So in your dream, you will think it’s really happening, that is until you wake up.
There are probably hundreds of uses for being able to control your dreams, and the fact that you would be able to actually control your dreams with a mask seems unfathomable. Of course there is lots more to Remee than blinking lights. On the Kickstarter project page, the description on how it works is as follows:
In default mode, Remee targets 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.
Suffice to say, this is really an exciting breakthrough in the human mind and dreams. Hopefully nothing will go wrong in your dream and have to call “tech support!”