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Lucid Dreaming App – What is the current status?

I can hardly believe this site started 5 years ago with an attempt to create a mobile app for lucid dream induction. I was very optimistic, but very ignorant about the complexity of the human body. What I made was a couple apps with tools to help with lucid dream induction. Before there were no such tools, and I still remember buying a pocket timer in 2004 to time my reality checks.

The world has come a long way since then, but there is still no lucid dreaming app that really works. I intend to continue working on the app when my financial situation allows me.

The human body is very complex

For the last 5 years I’ve been researching the human body from various angles – everything from neuroscience to behavior to biology and cognitive science. I want to know how it works, and I’ve read many research papers on the subject, asked many questions and got many answers.

I spent a long time looking at human “hardware”, and only this year did I seriously look into “software” – the causes of human behavior, particularly in context of relationships.

 

I found Evolutionary Psychology

There are dozens if not hundreds of flavors of psychology out there, and most of them are crap – they build their theories in the clouds and soon the flaws become evident. There’s a different kind of psychology – the one that attempts to link our behavior to our genetics. The science has incredible insight into our behavior, as it looks at most behavior from two viewpoints:

  • How does this help me survive?
  • How does this help me reproduce?

In particular, the science suggests that humans have not evolved to adapt to modern environment – the change is too large and too fast. Instead, our bodies and brains are stuck somewhere in the stone age, 25,000-100,000 years ago. We are built by our genes to live in small hunter gatherer tribes. Our social and mating dynamics have a lot of shortcuts which are focused on that environment and are maladaptive to the present.

 

 

 

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Aug 28

Philips Hue review: programmable lighting for sleep and alertness

Philips Hue Programmable Lighting for sleep and alertness. Just 3 days ago I became aware that there’s a new kind of lightbulb on the market. For 200$, I got 3 programmable bulbs, and have already updated one of my apps to use this technology. Check out this article to find out why I think Philips …

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May 03

Playing with EEG Display for Neurosky Mindwave Mobile

EEG Display For Neurosky Mindwave Mobile In the spring of 2013 I have built a fairly simple app that does ElectroEncephaloGram (EEG) analysis: EEG Display for NeuroSky MindWave Mobile. It is an iPhone/iPad app that plots EEG data in real time from my Neurosky headband. I’ve long known about brainwave bands, and being able to take …

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Feb 21

Neurosky MindWave mobile headset review – how it may help with lucid dreaming

  I’ve recently bought NeuroSky Mindwave Mobile headset to take a look at the commercial-grade EEG recorder. One of the biggest selling points of this headset is ease of use and ability to get raw EEG output at ~200Hz. My experiments have uncovered that there is potential to use this device or its modification for …

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Dec 08

Blue light, circadian rhythms and your sleep

Having trouble sleeping? The cause may be staring at you right now! Your monitor, iPhone, tablet PC or TV may be the cause. Read this article to find out why.   The problem of biological time Our bodies are very sophisticated organisms, that need to coordinate and organize biological activities: Feeding Hormonal cycles Cell division DNA …

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Nov 27

Remee is a cash grab and here’s why

 Remee is a cash grab, and here’s why: When I first learned about Remee in May 2012 from a reader of my blog, I was excited. I thought that the future is here, and the 80$ lucid dreaming aid is reality. I even put up a link to their kickstarter page on my site.  When …

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Nov 16

Better Mood Tracker released

Better Mood Tracker released! I just wanted to let you know that my latest app – Better Mood Tracker has been released, and is available in the iPhone app store for free! You can download Better Mood Tracker here What’s in the app: Sleep tracking from the Singularity Experience app (for free) Event tracking over …

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Sep 19

Melatonin and the biological clock

It has been a long time since I first heard about Melatonin and Vitamin B6. It was a random forum post that mentioned taking 50mg of vitamin B6 with melatonin after 4 hours of sleep that got me to become interested in the topic. I’ve followed suggestions in the post and seemingly from nowhere, lucidity …

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Aug 15

Sleep cycle estimation

Singularity Experience: the lucid dreaming app for iPhone comes with a couple research tools that I used to build the app – sleep history and sleep cycle graph. Over the past 8 months, I’ve been using these tools by looking at the pattern of my midnight awakenings (I wake up multiple times each night) . …

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Aug 07

Development efforts are back on track!

After 6 months of having to work to earn a living, I’ve saved a little bit of money, enough to be able to stay as an independent developer for the next 6-10 months. During that time I intend to continue working on the lucid dreaming app and related projects. Here’s the list of upcoming fixes, …

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