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How To – Build a lucid dream machine

How To – Build a lucid dream machine

Lucid Dream Mask

Here’s an instructable detailing plans for an AVR based device which helps you realize you’re dreaming –

What is Lucid Dreaming? Lucid Dreaming is when you are sleeping and dreaming and that you are aware that your are asleep and that you are dreaming, yet you don’t wake up. This can be great, giving you full control of your dreams, jumping off of buildings, going into space, whatever your mind can create.

The Lucid Dream Machine is a pair of glasses that you wear while you are sleeping. About 4 hours into your sleep the AVR microcontroller pulse LEDs that shine through your eyelids. This half wakes you up. The flashing lights helps you become aware (in your sleep) that your are sleeping and dreaming, in doing so you become more likely to be able to control your dreams.

While I’m not sure “jumping off of buildings” is my top pick for a lucid dreaming activity – this project definitely seems worth a try. – The Lucid Dream Machine

As a simpler alternative, you could try wearing a digital watch and train yourself to always check it twice. Our brains have difficulty reproducing the same digits twice – upon second glance in a dream the numbers usually appear incorrect, thus clueing you in on your current state of consciousness. I’ve used this technique myself with good results.

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Lucid Dreaming Mask

22 thoughts on “How To – Build a lucid dream machine

  1. Morder says:

    I love the little evil style eyebrows added to the mask!

  2. FascistUSA says:

    I was just reading about this Technology a few days ago. Never heard of it b4 in my life… next thing I know it’s on Digg. Odd.

    from what i recall… this device helps with OBEs.

  3. Barth says:

    Yeah, I’ve also used the watch-checking technique successfully. I actually ended up checking a wall clock on a bus in my dream, not a wristwatch, though. Same effect.

  4. james says:

    i dont understand the watch technique, can you explain it to me please?

  5. cvalds says:

    Morder, those are not evil style eyebrows. It’s a sleeping mask photographed upside down. That’s for your nose.

  6. BreadMan says:

    If you don’t like wearing a digital watch, you can instead make a habit of glancing at your shoes, and then glancing at them again – the second time in a dream they will often appear different. I’ve used this technique and had positive results.

  7. obedreamer says:

    another easy way to know your dreaming and become lucid is to drink somethin before you go to sleep and not go to the bathroom. in your dream you will most likely have to go to the bathroom and when u do ull notice that when your done you still have to go to the bathroom. thats always put me into a lucid dream since i was real little, problem is your uncomfortable tho and want to get up to go to the bathroom so it kinds defeats the purpose. lol. simple technique tho

  8. Long Time Lucid Dreamer says:

    I’ve built this one. It works a lot better as it detects REM first and then stimulates your eyes. It’s great for beginners. After some practice, you learn how to LD naturally.

  9. says:

    This seems very interesting.

    1. electronicghost says:

      twitch sensor or something to recognize REM then Pulse

  10. Oofin says:

    They are definitely evil-style eyebrows

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