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Brief Published: 14 Jun 2016

Dream Catchers: Neuro-Wearable Sleep Tech

Consumers are turning to neuro-stimulative wearables to boost sleep quality

Neuro-stimulative wearables designed to help guide wearers into a state of lucid dreaming are the latest addition to a new generation of apps and devices created to help consumers get the most out of sleep.

The Aurora headband, from California-based company iWinks, plays specific lights and sounds during REM to bring wearers to a state of awareness as they dream, while staying asleep – helping them to "take control of their dreams", according to the device's creators. 

Using EEG, ECG and EMG technology to monitor users' brain waves, heart rate and muscle tension, the Aurora also helps wearers "rediscover the crucial phases of sleep that repair your body, refresh your memory, and recharge your mind for greater clarity and focus". The Aurora is currently available to pre-order for $175, with the first round of shipments scheduled to arrive this month.

A similar device, the LucidCatcher headband from Kiev-based company Luciding, uses low-powered electrical pulses – or transcranial electrical stimulation – to provoke lucid dreams while the user is in deep REM sleep. The device, developed by researchers at Russia's Novosibirsk State University, is now available for pre-order (price available on request).

To take a deeper dive into the growing consumer interest in sleep-boosting tech, see our Sleep Tech report. For insight into the ways consumers are increasingly keeping their entire bodies under surveillance to enhance mental and physical states, read CES 2016: Personal Electronics.