Lucid Dreaming Wearable Is Either a Hoax or Full-Fledged ‘Inception’

It'll cost you $167 to find out which

October 10, 2016 9:00 am

American mystic Carlos Castaneda — who was called “an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a tortilla” — claimed he spent more than 10 years mastering lucid dreaming under the tutelage of a shaman.

The rest of us don’t have that kind of time to devote to dream control, willingness to ingest peyote in the Peruvian jungle notwithstanding.

Luckily, a new wearable is on the way that could turn Castaneda’s lifelong pursuit into an automated process.

By working in tandem with a set of pillow speakers and a smart companion app, the iBand+ headband is a “dream-inducing wearable” that supposedly has the ability to alert its wearer when they are in the midst of a lucid dream so they can take control and enjoy the experience.

“The iBand+ tracks and analyzes information about your brain and body throughout the sleep cycle with an advanced auto-learning software algorithm,” according to the manufacturer. “It then uses this information to play and intelligently adjust the audio-visual signals to induce lucid dreams, help you fall asleep easily and wake up naturally.”

While that all sounds like a bunch of voodoo hooey to us, we appear to be in the minority: the iBand+ system has already raised almost $400,000 from more than 2,200 backers on Kickstarter.

The early bird specials are gone, but you can get a set for $167 … or just grab a copy of The Art of Dreaming.

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