For years we have had to use massive machines that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to analyse sleep disorders or induce a lucid dreaming experience. Today, this technology is available to all and it costs a fraction of the price.
A San Francisco based outfit has, for the past four years, been working on a new sleep mask. Dubbed Neuroon Open, it analyses brainwaves and eye movements in the same was as a polysomnography (PSG) – the gold standard for testing sleep disorders. The company says its combination of sensors, combined with AI algorithms, provide over 90% PSG effectiveness, allowing for distinguishing between sleep stages with great precision.
To this end, they’ve received a $1.8 million sleep research grant from the European Union. They’ve also just launched their second Kickstarter campaign, which sailed through the $100,000 goal in less than 24 hours.
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The multifaceted mask uses your brainwaves (1-channel EEG- Fp1-Fp2), heart rate (pulse oximeter), oxygen saturation (pulse oximeter), changes in the skin temperature (thermometer) and movement (accelerometer) to provide detailed sleep statistics. In the morning, the accompanying app will display your sleep efficiency score and a breakdown of sleep stages.
But that’s not all. The clever algorithms use this data in real-time to improve your sleep conditions through smart home integration. The device may for example turn up or down the temperature in the room, adjust the music volume or slowly switch the lights on to wake you up while you are in the lightest stage of sleep.
Neuroon Open can also help induce lucid dreaming. A lucid dream is a dream during which you are aware you are dreaming. This gives you the ability to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. You still wake up refreshed because a lucid dream doesn’t have any difference from an ordinary dream, except you can control it. To achieve this, the intelligent mask uses a combination of methods including guided audio sessions before you fall asleep, and external stimuli through light/sound/vibration during your sleep.
Finally, Neuroon Open can also provide guided mindfulness meditation sessions. And because all this is open source (hence the name…), Quantified Self enthusiasts have the option of tailoring everything to suit their needs. The company has opted for transparency and is making all their algorithms publicly available.
Price:$139 and up
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Estimated delivery: April 2018
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