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Sweet Dreams Are Made By This

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the dreaming-my-dreams-with-you dept.

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schnoz writes "From Takara, the folks who brought you Bow-Lingual the dog translator, comes the Dream Workshop. Before going to sleep, all you have to do is stare at a photograph of what you want to dream of (Natalie Portman maybe) and record the dream plot. When you fall asleep, this gadget waits for REM and then uses your voice recording, lights, music and aroma to help direct your dream."

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Why not... (4, Funny)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011115)

Why not just sell these pre-programmed with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera modules?

Maybe Thinkgeek could sell a "Natalie Portman in Hot Grits" version?

CHRISTINA HAS BIGGER BOOBS THAN BRITNEY (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011127)

Re:Why not... (5, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011131)

I'm getting me a "Linus in speedos" module

FAG (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011191)

Re:Why not... (5, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011185)

Maybe Thinkgeek could sell a "Natalie Portman in Hot Grits" version?

They were workin' on it, but the prototypes kept petrifying.

KFG

Re:Why not... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011286)

it's guaranteed to make you hard.

dreaming (5, Interesting)

mjc_w (192427) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011117)

How bout if I change someone's dream input?

Hacking dreams???

Re:copyrighted dreams (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011170)

Would dreams be considered a creative work under US copyright law? If they are, then would a hacked dream be a derived work? Cool. You won't get in trouble for making your victim have nightmares of radioactive hell-lobsters, but you'll go to jail for copyright infringement.

Re:copyrighted dreams (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011233)

Only if you share them on the 'net. Then the DIAA (Dream Industry Assoc. of America) will get ya.

Re:dreaming (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011214)

Increased strength, close combat, martial arts? That's not right!?

What did I get?

Advanced knitting.

-- Demolition Man

Re:dreaming (5, Funny)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011219)

Isn't that what the cockroach, Milquetoast, in Outland was supposed to be doing by whispering into people's (well, if you consider Bill the Cat a person) ears at night?

As for me, I normally change my dream input by consuming Tequila before bedtime. It rarely disappoints. :-D

If you want to prank your dreaming friend... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011294)

...just replace their target image with a picture of a hand in a bowl of warm water.

Sounds Tempting! (5, Interesting)

MissMarvel (723385) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011119)

Hey, this thing might work! Back in the dark ages when I was in college I used to tape lectures and listen to them while I was asleep. Amazing results!

My dreams could use a bit of spicing up, but I think I'll opt for Johnny Depp instead of Natalie Portman. Anyone know how much 14,800 yen is in US Dollars?

Re:Sounds Tempting! (5, Funny)

radixvir (659331) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011132)

Back in the dark ages when I was in college I used to tape lectures and listen to them while I was asleep. Amazing results!

weird, i fall asleep during lectures all the time, and nothing good has ever come out of it

Re:Sounds Tempting! (5, Funny)

pantycrickets (694774) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011198)

weird, i fall asleep during lectures all the time, and nothing good has ever come out of it

It was me and the professor. Only, he looked different. He had daisy duke shorts on and was carrying a rifle. I approached him, and he spoke.. but I couldn't understand. I think it was another language. When I got closer, I noticed my skin was burning. And then I realized I was covered in fire ants. I jumped off of a cliff towards what looked like a pool of water at the bottom. Only when I hit it, I realized it was a pool of broken glass. I tried as best as I could to swim through the glass, but my skin was literally falling apart.. when I could no longer move, I woke up.

Needless to say, I failed the exam.

Re:Sounds Tempting! (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011235)

I don't know. I got a D in undergraduate thermo after sleeping through it.

It's actually in my transcript that I must have picked up something by osmosis, so there Mr. Potential Employer.

Didn't work so well in vector calc. The prof actually gave tests and shit. What's wit dat?

KFG

Re:Sounds Tempting! (1)

Cosmic_Hippo (739370) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011248)

I played poker on my HP calculator as an alternative to sleeping in class. Unfortunatley none of my professors seemed to buy my excuse that it was better than sleeping.

Re:Sounds Tempting! (2, Informative)

Al-Hala (447007) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011135)

Use a Currency Converter [xe.com]

Re:Sounds Tempting! (1)

MissMarvel (723385) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011156)

Yikes! I'm not sure Johnny Depp is worth $140!

Thanks for the Currency Converter!

Re:Sounds Tempting! (1)

Al-Hala (447007) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011181)

Welcome :)

Re:Sounds Tempting! (1)

MicktheMech (697533) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011147)

$139.491 USD according to xe.com [xe.com] or $181.031 CAD for us up north. (Cdn Dollar really is getting stronger, I was expecting over $200)

Re:Sounds Tempting! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011150)

138 dollars and 55 cents
http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/exchform.htm

Re:Sounds Tempting! (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011158)

$138.67 [yahoo.com]

Re:Sounds Tempting! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011227)

it said on the web site...

"14,800 yen ~= 75 pounds" and
75 pounds ~= 176 canadian dollars
176 canadian dollars ~= 135 us dollars

or something like that.

heh (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011122)

Linus naked...

I mean....

Hrm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011260)

Well to dream of that, you'd probably have to see linus naked in real life first...and unless you're his wife, I think that would probably be a little scary (that you had seen him naked).

Re:Hrm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011301)

So all those legions of horny teenagers that dream about double-fucking Mary Kate and Ashley must have, at some point, fucked them?

I'm dreaming of... (5, Interesting)

HappyCitizen (742844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011126)

Darl McBride vs. Darth Maul Ok, on a more serious note, could this replace studying in some way shape or form. I mean a book under your pillow is crazy, but what about making it direct you through a dream in which you learn. This could really help self education. Imagine going further, having it teach you programming. Yes, you would need to record a plot and such, but I bet someone smart could have a computer generate one from an online manual or something. Just my 2 cents

Re:I'm dreaming of... (4, Interesting)

Alan Hicks (660661) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011192)

Imagine going further, having it teach you programming

I don't know about you, but I can't seem to get even the most basic shell scripts right when I dream about computers. I can't verify the truth of the statement, but I've heard it said that the right side of your brain is the side most active during dreams, and it is also the less logical side of your brain. If that's true my first assumption is that dream learning would be mostly worthless for highly logical things like math or programming, but might be useful for art.

Re:I'm dreaming of... (2, Funny)

ixplodestuff8 (699898) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011203)

Imagine going further, having it teach you programming

I can see it now, a giant curly brace heading towards my ship, no problem all I have to do is evade it with a counter curly brace to close it. What if I see enemy Function ships?? well obviously I have to organize an army of rouge variables that are incompatible with the Functions to destroy it. But what about the moon-sized DeathStar(); function? THe only way to stop it would to use the new OOP cannon to enclose it inside a Class so it becomes useless...

Re:I'm dreaming of... (1)

HappyCitizen (742844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011234)

I see what your saying, it would be impracticle to do something like this in a visual way. I'm thinking a little bit differently, combining the technology with other more basic technologies. The big thing about this (IMO), is that it begins to transmit the dream when you are most affected by sensory input (REM Sleep according to the article). Now, some people do learn from subliminial messaging(from a cassette type). There is a post about someone learning risk from a cassette while sleeping around here somewhere. I'm thinking, have this start your tape at the correct time, and it could work. I'm no scientist though, so correct me if I'm wrong.

Re:I'm dreaming of... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011240)

Yeah, audio books on programming would be great. Try learning Perl in your sleep, audio only.

"Okay, now we're going to talk about regular expressions..."

Re:I'm dreaming of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011270)

" Yeah, audio books on programming would be great. Try learning Perl in your sleep, audio only.


"Okay, now we're going to talk about regular expressions..."


LOL! Wasn't there a sequence like that in Fantasia, with forward slashes and back slashes marching to some sinister sounding classical music?

Re:I'm dreaming of... (2, Funny)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011247)

Yess so all code will end up looking something like this [userfriendly.org] .

Re:I'm dreaming of... (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011280)

As it turns out people have been making commercial claims of this sort since the dawn of recording. Pscyhologists have studied the hell out of it.

Sorry, but it don't work.

On the other hand there's this guy that taught himself German through the simple expediant of taping index cards with German words on them to his shaving mirror and I first learned Morse Code by writing it all large on my bedroom wall.

The concept of osmosis works, but you have to be concious and aware.

Sucks, don't it?

KFG

Re:I'm dreaming of... (1)

Cosmic_Hippo (739370) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011320)

While it would be cool to learn something new in a dream, I don't think you could learn anything while dreaming that you didnt already know. Dreams take place entirely in your own mind and I don't think you could learn any new information this way if you didn't already know it.

Jetsons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011129)

this reminds me of that Tv screen that the Jetson kid used to stare at to contoll his dreams before he slept.

This kind of subliminal stuff works (1)

Bob McCown (8411) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011134)

When I was a kid, I got Risk for my birthday. That night, I read the rulebook into my tape recorder (we had studied subliminal suggestions science recently, I recall), and put it on a light timer to come on in the early morning. Next day, I understood the game. I assume that this was partly due to me reading the ENTIRE rulebook (how many kids do that?) and partly the subliminal recording.

Also... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011282)

Going through the book and actually reading it out loud probably did more for your long term memory than playing it while you were off in fairyland...

must be user error (5, Funny)

poindextrose (640377) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011139)

I can't wait to see people who screw this one up. The people with pictures of Grandma on their night table.

Mars (5, Funny)

owlstead (636356) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011142)

I want to have a dream about a trip to mars. Oh, wait...

Re:Mars (2, Funny)

Frisky070802 (591229) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011166)

AAhnold already has this puppy on order. Next time he wants to get it right.

Dammit... (2, Interesting)

ttldkns (737309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011144)

You just know that your alarm clock would go off just as it ogt interesting...

and how many dreams can u actually remember after you wake up anyway, i always remember for about half an hour before the memories start to fade... i think ive lost some good ones, altho i may have been dreaming

Re:Dammit... (1)

HappyCitizen (742844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011168)

I'm not sure if you read the article. It slowly wakes you up at the correct time(in a gentle way), so that you are highly likely to remember the dream.

Re:Dammit... (1)

ttldkns (737309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011169)

Eight hours later, users are gently awakened by soft lighting and music to ensure that pleasant memories of the night before are not instantly erased.

hmmmm

Re:Dammit... (1)

ttldkns (737309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011195)

look at the wording there... Not instantly...

i should have posted while i was awake :)

Re:Dammit... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011252)

If you can get a wet dream going, you might expel something as a reminder of the dream.

Dream States (0)

secondvertigo (740502) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011145)

Now, I'm not a scientist, psychoanalyst etc... the fact that the unconcious mind can still be affected by external mediums such as aroma and sound is remarkable, ok so we are waken up by loud noises, surprises etc... but the more subtle effects we perceive as outside the unconcious / subconcious state seem to imply a new branch of dream therapy and analysis. I for one am very interested in this new technique... and just so I'm not overtly interested, I'll settle for some pepper spray, a picture of Mars and 6g of thrust, one way ticket!

Seriously, I'm surprised this hasn't been found sooner, kudos to the research into influencing dreams and dream states

To be used for fun...and evil... (5, Funny)

idgrad (137342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011148)

You could play some nice pranks with this toy after a scary movie.... aliens perhaps...muhahahahaha

Re:To be used for fun...and evil... (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011189)

Where's Freddy?

meh? (4, Funny)

devphaeton (695736) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011151)

"From Takara, the folks who brought you Bow-Lingual the dog translator

This isn't that email i get 15 times a week proclaiming "Amazing Breakthrough In Software Technology! Turn Woofs into Words! Free Download!" is it?

stare at a photograph of what you want to dream of (Natalie Portman maybe) and record the dream plot. When you fall asleep, this gadget waits for REM and then uses your voice recording, lights, music and aroma to help direct your dream."

It's probably not recommended to have a device cooking up some grits when there's no one there to keep an eye on it. But in other news, i did hear that they are selling perfume that smells just like natalie portman!

Flim-flam. (5, Insightful)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011154)

Classic flim-flam. Variations of these flashing-light eye-glasses have been around for decades, claiming to be everything from a headache cure to, in this case a dream machine. The nice thing about claiming things about dreams is that most dreams aren't remembered, so there's nothing to be able to go after when it comes to false advertising.

Yes, I'm a skeptic. I suppose I should want to try this product beforhand to be scientifically valid... but testimonial "evidence" with this sort of product does not give me any motivation to hand out money so I can reward these people to test their wild theory.

Ryan Fenton

Re:Flim-flam. (0)

PapayaSF (721268) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011205)

I disagree. The dog translator, now that's flim-flam. But this, in contrast, ought to be testable and verifiable. And flashing-light gadgets have been used, by real scientists, to induce lucid dreaming for years: http://www.lucidity.com/ [lucidity.com]

Re:Flim-flam. (3, Interesting)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011309)


Actually, I do lucidly fairly often - presuming you mean being in control of and aware of the dream as a dream state. I haven't found it to be a magical thing that needs a trigger, just a simple exploration of thought. Flashing lights haven't had anything to do with my experiences, as I have always slept in darkness. I also haven't experied any special therapudic effects from such dreams either. If anything, it's just an open-ended mental game, like a daydream, and definetly not something to obsess over, or waste time on instead of sleeping. This is just another testimonial of course, and an oppinionated one at that. I encourage scientific exploration for those in the field - but distrust those with something to sell, so to speak.

Ryan Fenton

Re:Flim-flam. (1)

WankersRevenge (452399) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011213)

Just a side note - a good way to remember dreams is to ask yourself what you were just thinking when you wake up in the morning. The next step, of course, is to write it down in a journal. The more you do this, the easier it will be to remember.

Re:Flim-flam. (5, Informative)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011218)

I love it when Psychologists tout products / services with testimonials. As someone aspiring to be a real-life research psychologist some day, it seems particularly ironic that none of these guys have ever heard of the Availability Heuristic.(that, or they have, and they're just trying to exploit it, but it doesn't really look good to anyone who's taken Psych 101.)

Example: The Wigetmobile is the best selling car in america because it's super-cheap and super-reliable, according to statistics. Your uncle says he drove his into a tree and it nearly killed him, so you don't buy it, because his vivid description of his near-death incident (probably on account of his own stupidity) "outweighs" statistical evidence that the product is good. This is the same thing, only in *reverse* of the product advertising.

Alex Chiu is a big fan of this kind of marketing exploitation. He's also a complete idiot.

Re:Flim-flam. (1)

hcg50a (690062) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011226)

Maybe.

It seems like the key element is that it detects REM -- ie., when you are dreaming.

Suggesting subject matter for the dream does not seem unrealistic.

I have had dreams where I became aware I was dreaming, and so I decided to steer the dream, like starting to fly or something like that.

Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't work, and sometimes it caused me to wake up!

Probably the same is true with this device.

Example... (1)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011242)

One model [toolsforwellness.com]

New and improved - no flashing lights! [toolsforwellness.com]

If anything, this is just a translation of a much older concept, throwing in pop-psychology in the form of staring at a picture, and self-fullfilling prophesies about dreaming something. It's still flim-flam though - no better than psychic surgery or magic lottery numbers.

Ryan Fenton

Re:Flim-flam. (1)

ShadowFacts (742858) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011295)

I thought that this is how subliminal messages worked. But by definition, a sumliminal message is one you don't consciously interpret or remember. So what good is having a great subliminal dream that you don't even know you had? (My total knowledge of subliminal messages comes from reading Brave New World. I have no real facts to back this post up.)

Wet Dreams (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011159)

But wouldn't it be embarrasing if you died in your sleep and the coroner came to pick up your body a week later with a picture of Oprah beside you, while your voice described your dream date, bow-chicka-bow-bow music played, and musky perfume poured out of this thing?

Re:Wet Dreams (0)

secondvertigo (740502) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011174)

Ew... dude

There are up and coming chat show queens reading this, keep the graphic mental images to a minimum!

Re:Wet Dreams (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011199)

What would really be embarrassing is if they found you with a picture of Dr. Phil.

Re:Wet Dreams (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011237)

What if I had a ic of Judge Judy instead? Would *that* get my dead ass on CNN?

This is scary it works so good (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011160)

Once I dreamt I was falling and it threw me out the window. Then I was floating down a tunnel of light.

I don't know... (2, Funny)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011163)

if this really works. I used to sleep with the radio tuned to a news station, and I never got the urge to buy any Preparation H or that itch powder (Gold Bond was it?)

Re:I don't know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011197)

But you remember the names, and the ad people know that this affects the probability of you buying the product over competitors' if you ever end up choosing a butt ointment.

This dream brought to you by... (2, Insightful)

TyrranzzX (617713) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011165)

Coca-cola, happy subconscience suggestion!

Combine this with sound rifles, through-wall sonics and lasers...mmm scarrry.

Great for those tough bugs problems (1, Insightful)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011176)

Just stare at the code or architecture diagram and have a recording of your computer reading the code aloud to you. By morning you should have it all debugged.

Re:Great for those tough bugs problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011228)

confucious say man who sleep with problem in hand, wake with solution on chest.

Until the End of the World (2, Interesting)

denny_d (454663) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011177)

Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World came up immediately when I saw the article... though this machine doesn't come close to the device in the movie, you'll have to see the movie!, I do recall that once I got a handle on my dreams many of my day-time 'stuff', 'issues', 'problems' were somehow clarified and easier to manage. I kept a dream journal for about six months and those six months were the sanest of my life. I'd be curious to try the dream machine only to see if I could get that kind of clarity back without having to wake up half an hour earlier everyday to write down my dreams...

related article (-1, Troll)

slashdotGhey (742847) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011180)

can be found here. [tinyurl.com] I just happened to be reading this one and saw that /. had posted something similar. Worth a look.

Just about everything troll (3, Informative)

Leeji (521631) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011243)

Not that anybody should trust redirect URLs, but let me warn you:

wget -O xyvo.html http://tinyurl.com/xyvo && grep -i "tubgirl\|penisbird\|lemonparty" xyvo.h
tml
--18:32:20-- http://tinyurl.com/xyvo
=> `xyvo.html'
Connecting to tinyurl.com:80... connected!
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: http://www.nero-online.org/lastmeasure/ [following]
--18:32:20-- http://www.nero-online.org/lastmeasure/
=> `xyvo.html'
Connecting to www.nero-online.org:80... connected!
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: unspecified [text/html]

0K ... @ 3.02 MB/s

18:32:20 (3.02 MB/s) - `xyvo.html' saved [3169]

openWindow('penisbird.html');
openWindo w('tubgirl.html');
openWindow('lemonparty.html');

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WARNING: PARENT IS REDIRECT TO TUBGIRL (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011259)

he is trying to trick you!

Lucid Dreaming is Cheaper (5, Interesting)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011184)

Although lucid dreaming [lucidity.com] is not exactly the same as dream control [lucidity.com] , it does give you the ability to control your OWN ACTIONS in a dream. The advantage of lucid dreaming is that you don't have to buy any gizmos to make it work (although some people do sell things to help you achieve lucidity). The disadvantages are, as I mentioned, the fact that you only control yourself and not necessarily your surroundings and it takes some time to learn the skill of becoming lucid in a dream.

Lucid dreaming is basically a technique for becoming conscious that you are in a dream without actually waking from that dream. It takes some work, believe me. We're talking months here. But it is kinda cool. Once I realize that I'm dreaming, I usually take advantage of that fact by blasting any enemies around me with a Godzilla [godzilla.co.jp] -like breath weapon! While this is admittedly pretty geeky, I can say that here without being laughed at (right?) because we're all geeks. Plus, it's pretty neat to see Bill Gates go up in flames!

Another advantage of lucid dreaming is that it's a proven technique whereas this new gizmo is just something that someone is trying to sell you.

GMD

Re:Lucid Dreaming is Cheaper (1)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011239)

Yeah, I've had a lucid dream or two, although it's hard to tell whether you're actually lucid or whether you're just dreaming of being lucid. For one reason or another, I rarely manage to conjure up any "magical" powers, though, which pisses me off.

At any rate, this sort of device will probably help encourage Lucid Dreams. It's not entirely different from the stuff Lucidity sells, and if you're having a dream which you planned out, it might be more likely for you to realize that you are in a dream. Either way, Lucid Dreaming is hard, but this is easy.

Re:Lucid Dreaming is Cheaper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011262)

Once I realize that I'm dreaming, I usually take advantage of that fact by blasting any enemies around me with a Godzilla [godzilla.co.jp]-like breath weapon!

Perhaps you're not dreaming and you just need to brush the back of your tongue more often. You'd be surprised that your co-workers won't always be the first to tell you have a hygiene problem.

Re:Lucid Dreaming is Cheaper (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011272)

a Godzilla [godzilla.co.jp]-like breath weapon!

Eat garlic and don't clean your teeth for a few weeks and you can have this weapon in real life !!, repels girls , pushy sales assistants in fact anyone near you will instantly repelled as soon as you let rip with a huff

Re:Lucid Dreaming is Cheaper (4, Interesting)

Leeji (521631) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011322)

One interesting thing about your point is that this device could assist lucid dreaming. In fact, the Lucidity Institute that you link to sells a similar device called the NovaDreamer. [lucidity.com] The NovaDreamer detects REM sleep, then uses flashing lights to hopefully introduce dream signs into your dream. At $138 USD, this device is much cheaper than the NovaDreamer, which costs $395 USD. [128.121.104.103]

I've been experimenting with a home-brew solution (a web page that flashes and talks at random intervals throughout the night,) but I've had very limited success with it.

While we're on the topic, I wrote a very long piece [geocities.com] about Lucid Dreaming in 1996 -- many people have put it on their own sites

I have used this product (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011196)

I have used this product. I had a dream I was in the Department of Magical Mysteries, and someone was torturing Sirius Black! And... well, let's just say it didn't work out too well.

Operant / Classic / Conditioning? (1, Insightful)

secondvertigo (740502) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011202)

An idea I had *Due to my health care background*

Could this technique be used to condition aspects of human concious on a negative scale?

We all know the story of volunteers salivating at the image of a fractal *related to ice cream I believe* but this could be triggered without resistance, a subtle but scary thought

Anyone care to expand on the ramifications and / or way to achieve this?

What I want to see... (3, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011206)

I want to see someone hack this and connect it to the web. People could then visit the site and upload their own voice tracks.

I think that could turn out to be really really amusing, although I fear what would happen if it ever got slashdotted. I'd probably end up with a dream about hanging Gates while doing naughty things with Natalie Portman on top of a beowulf cluster of hot grits while the goatse man and penis bird watch.

Reviewed In Consumer Reports! (4, Informative)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011216)

LOL. It got mention on the "selling it" page in the back, where CR publishes small items showing misleading, maybe fradulent ads.

An easier way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011217)

just think about something before you fall asleep. If it's important to you, you'll dream about it.

I think this would probably work (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011223)

durring the radio shows when my alarm radio would turn on, I'd sleep through it, and dream that the people talking were really there and I was sitting with them. I didn't know who they were, or ever saw them, but I had my own visualations and an idea of how I thought they looked. I would remember the jokes when I woke up too. I think I heard about this machine on NPR a few days ago though, but didn't dream it, I was in my car....

Device not needed... (2, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011225)

It's been known for quite a while that what you dream about is usually whatever you were thinking about just before you went to sleep. Staring at a photograph is one way to make sure you're thinking about the person you want to dream about... so who needs the gadget?

Re:Device not needed... (1)

MoOsEb0y (2177) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011287)

it's most likely for the added placebo effect. If you have a magic feather that makes you think you can fly, then you will probably try your hardest to do so.

dreams (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011232)

if you want to have dirty dreams, do what i do:

kill kittens for a few months every night, then once in a while dont do it, then you get a very dirty dream (it seems to work for me)

LotR (5, Funny)

Arc04 (601196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011241)

Dream about Lord of the Rings, before you wake up and realise you have just been Tolkien in your sleep.

Re:LotR (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011317)

Sometimes i would be tokin' in my sleep... What's that?... Ooohh...talkin'...well, that's different. Nevermind...bitch

Dream Instigation (2, Insightful)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011246)


Isn't this similar to the phenomenon of waking up and realizing that your dream contained bits and pieces of what was on TV/radio while you slept (eg, your radio or TV is set as a wake-up alarm)? I.E., your subconcious mind picked-up on cues while you were sleeping and inserted them into the dream.

Sample Usage (2, Funny)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011254)

You are now entering a deep sleep [Buy Bowlingual]... you are completely at rest... [Bowlingual is NOT funny]... Natalie portman is coming to you... she is smiling [SCO is in Linux]... she would like you to touch her... [she would like you to make her wear a Bowlingual collar]

Drug of the future (1)

Ricin (236107) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011268)

Well likely not this particular thing, but the whole fantasy/porn/dreams thing it's going to be the drug of the future.

Keeps people distracted like nothing else.

Wet Dreams (1)

b0lt (729408) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011269)

Sell em for 10 cents a dozen

employee thought control (1)

frankmu (68782) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011289)

"We are still experimenting, mainly with company employees,"

what can they be doing? overtime work without overtime pay?

Sheep (1)

ByteSlicer (735276) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011292)

Think of all the nice things you can do with those sheep after you counted them...
(No, not that - you pervert!)

Once yuo pop... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011296)

teh fun never stops!!!1

Choice quote from article... (2, Funny)

mbessey (304651) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011305)

"We are still experimenting, mainly with company employees," Takara marketing executive Kenji Hattori told reporters in Tokyo yesterday.

I mean, after all, it's just a device to program your unconscious mind. What could possibly go wrong?

Quick, somebody call Michael Crichton!

-Mark

I'd love a dream... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011306)

...where I had more time to sleep.

Um..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8011313)

Why is this on slashdot? It's obviously something that doesn't work. The company has a history of selling products that don't work. They are just going after people who are extremely gullible.

Anyone want to post reviews here to show this company isn't making up stuff?

There's gotta be a punchline in here somewhere... (1)

monomania (595068) | more than 10 years ago | (#8011314)

"We are still experimenting, mainly with company employees," Takara marketing executive Kenji Hattori told reporters in Tokyo yesterday. ...

(I'd try to come up with a punchline myself but I've been dream-deprived lately.)

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