NeuroDreamer: $90 pledge
Taking a moment to relax and get some rest is vital to everyday functioning in humans…someone needs to tell that to our brains. Coming down after a long day is hard for a lot of us, and if you prefer to solve this problem with technology, a new Kickstarter project may be worth checking out. The NeuroDreamer is a sleep mask that uses light and sound to mimic the brainwaves that occur when you’re falling asleep. The fading lights and ambient music coax the brain into turning off for the night (or for a few minutes) by enhancing the natural way our body calms down.
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Constructed from cotton and memory foam, the mask is described as an â€œentrainmentâ€ device. According to the website, â€œentrainmentâ€ isÂ the the process of externally presenting brainwave frequencies to the brain, allowingÂ it to synchronize to those frequencies.â€
Using light and sound, the mask creates brainwave frequencies that match the natural activity that happens in the brain when we are falling asleep. Binaural beats in the music and synchronized light are controlled through a microcontroller in the mask. Three buttons on one side of the mask control the type of music played, volume and brightness of the lights.
While the need for a good nightâ€™s sleep or just a few minutes of relaxation is universal, the NeuroDreamer is not. Anyone who is sensitive to flashing lights (strobe lights, cameras, etc.) should definitely avoid the mask because it may cause seizures. Check out its Kickstarter page, a pledge of $90 or more gets you a mask once production starts.
Credit: Mitch Altman