Tired of stressing out because you didn't study for that test in your dream? Well, one startup is looking to help you take control with an AI device that can help you control your dreams.
The advancement of AI technology over the last year has irreversibly transformed the business world. From chatbots around every corner to AI website builders, the tech is spreading to virtually every piece of technology it can get its hands on.
Now, the technology has gone from “in your dreams, pal” to actually in your dreams with a new wearable that could making sleeping that much more interesting.
An AI Wearable for Stabilizing Lucid Dreams
For those that don't know, lucid dreaming is the process of dreaming while being able to know and understand that you are actually in a dream. This gives you quite a bit of control over the dream, with many reporting that you can do everything from visit your favorite imaginary locations to exploring the galaxy. Some say you can even fly.
With a potential experience this cool, it's no wonder a startup is looking to capitalize on the potential to make it happen. That's where Prophetic comes in. The startup has created The Halo, a headband-like wearable that can help you control your dreams.
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Naturally, the company is still in the early stages, but you can reserve your Halo now with only a $100 deposit. The service will also some with a subscription, but the first 1,000 deposits will get that for free in the first year.
How Does It Work?
We're not brain surgeons over here at Tech.co (I know, we were surprised too), so the exact biology of how the Halo actually works is a bit beyond us. Still, the way the cofounders talk about it, the process sounds a lot easier than you'd think.
“Eric came to me, and he told me what he was working on, and I didn’t think the technology was there at that time — we can’t induce dreams, let alone lucid ones, so how could this be possible? The defining moment for me was when I realized that you’re not inducing the dream state itself — someone is already dreaming normally, which happens for most people multiple times a week. You’re simply activating the prefrontal cortex, and it turns lucid.” – Wesley Berry, cofounder of Prophetic to CNBC
As for the specifics of what the Halo will actually do to your brain, Prophetic explains that it basically breaks down to stimulating the prefrontal cortexes with focused ultrasounds while the user is already dreaming.
The Wearable AI Trend
Prophetic is certainly not the first company to utilize AI for wearable technology and it definitely won't be the last. In fact, the trend has become quite popular, slowing pushing the tech industry into its sci-fi dystopian era.
The most notable of AI-powered wearable technology is the Neuralink brain implant, which is a lot further into testing than many believe possible. The company is founded by Elon Musk (always a good sign) and was just approved for human testing in June.
Prophetic partnered with Card79 to build its prototype Halo, who, fascinatingly enough, designed and built hardware for Musk's Neuralink device as well. It really is a small world after all.