A new wearable device on Kickstarter called the iBand+ claims to enable users to experience lucid dreams while also helping the user sleep better.
Comprised of an iBand+ headband, pillow speakers, and a smart companion app, this set hopes to address the sleep and wakefulness problems that plague some 70 million U.S. adults. And it all starts with your dreams. After all, the iBand+ team says, “dreams are the best and most authentic VR experience; a world with no rules and consequences.” And apparently, lucid dreaming in particular can help improve artistic creativity, problem-solving, and language skills. Looks like some people really do their best work while unconscious.
So how does the iBand+ work? The headband plays a crucial role in monitoring and analyzing users’ brainwaves, body movement, heart rate, and body temperature as they sleep. To check for lucid dreaming, the headband keeps tabs on the REM stage of sleep, playing audio-visual cues as soon as users hit this most complete stage of rest.