Imagine being able to go to sleep every night and have a lucid dream, the kind where you know you are dreaming and can even exert control over your fantasies. Would you ever get out of bed?
The Aurora, a piece of wearable tech, promises to make lucid dreaming as easy as putting on a headband. Since debuting on Kickstarter this month, the device, by San Diego-based iWinks, has already more than doubled its fundraising goal, with nearly $250,000 pledged so far.
It’s been getting plenty of hype, with some media outlets calling it the real-life Inception, the movie about being able to plant dreams in people’s minds. The headband is able to determine when a person is in REM sleep, and plays special lights and sounds to induce lucid dreaming, a sleep state that is said to reduce stress.
The device also comes with a smart alarm clock that can be used through a smartphone and wakes users up at the ideal time during the sleep cycle to make getting out of bed easier.
The idea of lucid dreaming goes back at least as far as Aristotle. But Plato’s most famous student was a long way from wearable tech. Come this summer, people will be able to get their hands on what he could only have, well, dreamed of. The Aurora costs $175 (U.S.) and is set to begin shipping in June.