One of the prototypes on show was by Octavio A. Martinez García, a robotic engineer who works in the field of mechatronics at COCOLAB. Aimed at helping the sleep deprived get some restful shut-eye, his piece is an electronic sleep mask called Napz—for the wearer it not only helps with a good night’s rest but helped induce a state of lucid dreams, too, a type of of sleep where you’re able to control the actions in your dreams. The piece is made from infrared sensors, Neo Pixels, and the Arduino Lilypad.
“The prototype is an eye mask designed to measure REM, using LED lights to gently stimulate you and bring you to the border of consciousness and unconsciousness so you can begin to play with your dreams,” explains García. “Today people get a lot less sleep, and of a much worse quality. Napz is a wearable device intended to schedule lucid dreams and thus produce actual rest and better patterns of REM sleep. Its interface allows the programming, design, and analysis of dreams. As everybody is different the device needs to be calibrated to each individual. The inspiration came from my own experience of lucid dreaming.”
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