For those who experience lucid dreaming, there’s nothing quite like it—near complete control of the dream state and an awareness that one is dreaming. Now a Brooklyn-based company, Bitbanger Labs, has created a sleep masked called Remee which is billed as a “lucid dreaming mask.”
The idea seems like rather psychedelic science fiction in the mold of Philip K. Dick (author of novels such as “UBIK” and “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch”), but what does Remee actually do?
The project was initiated with a nearly $600,000 Kickstarder fund. The Remee website states, “In essence, Remee is a specialized sleep mask. You put it on before you go to bed and with practice and determination, it should help increase the number of lucid dreams you have.” So, it’s not as if one will put Remee on and be dropped into a state of lucid dreaming.
Remee, in effect, triggers light patterns during REM sleep, the time when the most vivid and intense dreams occur.
“In default mode, Remee targets these long chunks of REM sleep towards the end of the sleep period,” the website states. “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.” Remee then displays the light patterns for “15-20 seconds with a second shorter delay, default at 15 minutes, between each signal.” The lights then supposedly “bleed into your dreams, presenting a perfect chance to become lucid.”
Gimmick? Perhaps. Cool in a psychedelic science fiction way? Absolutely.