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headband to control your dreams?

Startup Prophetic plans to launch a $2,000 Halo AI headband in 2025, allowing the wearer to control their dreams in an unparalleled way.

The headband uses electroencephalography (EEG) to record electrical activity, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures brain activity by measuring blood flow.

But experts are not yet sure about the long-term effects, and warn that using high-frequency sounds to stimulate your brain could hinder the cognitive ability to process short-term memories.

EEG and fMRI work together to create a detailed map of the brain to induce lucid dreaming, where a person is aware that he or she is in a dream while asleep.

Prophetic uses EEG data to determine when a user has entered REM sleep (a state of deep sleep when a person begins dreaming), and then uses fMRI to induce lucid dreams.

The headband can emit high-frequency sounds to stimulate brain activity so that it stimulates, maintains and influences lucid dreams as well.

“The wearer will not need to do anything to induce lucid dreams, and it will happen autonomously while in use,” Eric Wahlberg, CEO and co-founder of Prophetic, said in an explainer video describing how the Halo works.

But scientists believe dreams have fundamental functions essential to our cognitive development, including processing emotional experiences, and some fear that if dreams are altered, this could interfere with their function.

It is worth noting that Prophetic launched an application to beta test the Halo headband last week, but it gives priority to people who have placed a pre-order to receive the device.

Source: Daily Mail - Publication date: 07/02/2024 -

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