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.