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First off, this is a Collaboration between me Guyfrom7up and Gmoon

Gmoon did all of the programming, debugging, etc.

Guyfrom7up did all of the hardware, PCB, etc.

What is Lucid Dreaming? Lucid Dreaming is when you are sleeping and dreaming and that you are aware that your are asleep and that you are dreaming, yet you don't wake up. This can be great, giving you full control of your dreams, jumping off of buildings, going into space, whatever your mind can create.

The Lucid Dream Machine is a pair of glasses that you wear while you are sleeping. About 4 hours into your sleep the AVR microcontroller pulse LEDs that shine through your eyelids. This half wakes you up. The flashing lights helps you become aware (in your sleep) that your are sleeping and dreaming, in doing so you become more likely to be able to control your dreams.

Our Collaboration give you the Lucid Dream Machine.

Sorry, but to watch a video you will have to download it, for some reason the video won't work on both youtube and metacafe.
(gmoon: I tweaked the video and uploaded to my account... I need to do this for all my videos, also.)

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Loopedfroot10 days ago
Is this real life :o
Build43436 years ago
If anyone has tried this please tell us what happened to insure that its safe!!

Yes! It works! But... no magic! close the eyes, turn on the machine and go to the matrix is false! This "machine" do 5% of work, the other 95% is your mind learning the work.

The leds call your mind for attention only. Several months are request to you "wakeup" in a lucid dream.

My first lucid dream comes after 4 months usind everyday. Now, after 2 years, I do not need the machine. I can wakeup in a lucid dream by my self (when sleeping sure). But the sound around me is distractions and do dificults to still dreaming.

In the dream is very dificult still lucid, everytime I lost the control.

Yes! It works! But... no magic! close the eyes, turn on the machine and go to the matrix is false! This "machine" do 5% of work, the other 95% is your mind learning the work.

The leds call your mind for attention only. Several months are request to you "wakeup" in a lucid dream.

My first lucid dream comes after 4 months usind everyday. Now, after 2 years, I do not need the machine. I can wakeup in a lucid dream by my self (when sleeping sure). But the sound around me is distractions and do dificults to still dreaming.

In the dream is very dificult still lucid, everytime I lost the control.

Bigev Build43435 years ago
What's the worst that could happen? The mask could fall off and choke you i guess, but otherwise it's risk free.
Maybe epileptic fits. I dunno
The lights aren't that bright of flashy.
 As a person with epilepsy any blinking light causes this. If you read in the agreement with Yahoo within the email account even they tell you there is chance of epileptic seizures. Just surfing your inbox can cause this. Best to not offer an opinion on something unless you know what you are talking about when this could cause harm. ANd really you could reprogram your mind with this device this type of stuff should not be allowed to be on this site. There is a reason there is an FDA even though they are not perfect.
You could cause yourself to be stuck in certain parts of sleep patterns and not fully get out like when you are driving.

"Any blinking light" will NOT cause epileptic seizures, and even if it did, that would COMPLETELY obviate this point, as this would be no more problematic than ANYTHING else.

(And my degree in neuroscience trumps your psych degree.)


I respect your input, and give due respect to your epileptic knowledge, but on the subject of this not being on the site I must disagree. Instructables is an open community of makers where any idea, no matter how unique or dangerous, is respected. A bit of discretion must be exercised when a project may be potentially dangerous, but Instructables usually leaves that up to the individual readers.

In short:
If you know you have epilepsy, then you should know better than to strap blinking lights to your face. Further, I don't believe that it is possible to get stuck in a particular stage of sleep.

Use common sense, I want proof of mind-stickage
You ever hear of hypnosis? Well if you go into other states of consciousness and are not properly taken out of those states by a professional person who is trained well you can slip back in said altered state. I have actually a degree actually a Master's degree in psychology so I think I know what I am speaking about .
Use common sense wow and how would common sense have anything to do with being educated about subjects. I love the internet everyone thinks they know everything or they can look it up on WIKI..lets just close down all all the schools and call everyone equal because they have common sense.
Mind stickage  you sound stupid and frankly some people may not realize ( and now I am speaking to you for instance ) what this machine could do and so they could promote seizures and get up the next day and have a car accident and kill someone. So this isn't a trite subject so grow up.
I take back my comment on the siezure thing, but please do not bag out the author for posting something he has done and wishes to share. It's a nice piece of electronics, and the science behind it is also interesting.

I've an idea; if you really want to continue this, then how about we swap sides of the argument? That way I'll really see your side of things, even if I don't have a full degree or understanding.
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I value your input, and yes it is true that the SHOULD aspect of making is often times overlooked, but I do not appreciate being bashed. I invent words like "stickage" to use in lieu of other more proper words to give a more accurate view of how I actually talk, but if this bothers you let's talk straight.

In your retort, you called me stupid. I assure you i am not stupid, merely uninformed. There is a crucial semantic difference between those two. I am in fact attending a University for an electrical engineering degree, and as such the matters of psychosis is a bit out of my area.

Also in the aforementioned response, I quote "Ever hear of hypnosis?" Why yes, I have. BUT, like a large number of people on here we are not intimately familiar with all of the possible side effects of improper waking.

You are obviously passionate about this subject, so take a minute and properly educate us unversed masses with a mature and documented response. References would be nice, as they lend credibility as opposed to claims by a faceless internet person.

Doubt is easy, disproving doubt is difficult.
 First of all I said you sound stupid.
Secondly now you want references before you said use common sense.
And I am sorry it is hard to take a man seriously who is wearing a cream puff on his head seriously. 
If you are going to school why don't you make use of the library there ( no not the internet) and look up something. Try to research a subject not familiar to you.
I do this all the time. I should not have to hold your hand on this.
And I have given you examples when you first said you thought the "science behind his invention" was interesting.
What science would that be funny how he showed no references? Yet you swallowed it hook line in sinker you need to use your common sense it seems.
Sorry if I am a little tired of the sheep mentality on the internet " wow shiny cool" and no one thinks down the road...
I would give you links to things to look at but I read real books.

If you have a masters degree in psychology I would trust then, that you are familiar with APA citation formats? Might I suggest that you make reference to your books using that? I would imagine that you became quite intimate with the process during grad school while you were working on your thesis.

Alright, alright. Calm down. The flame war is over. I cede.

I apologize for playing devil's advocate the whole time, and we both have made decent points.Your research point is a very valid one, for example, and if I or anyone else felt so inclined that would be the proper course of action.

Have a nice day.
 What decent point did you make I missed that.
You made the point that people that know whey have Epilepsy should avoid this  or whatever. Well considering the awesome health insurance Americans have I am sure you will be glad to know I was in my late 20's before mine was discovered. 
We are a Wiki nation everyone wants to contribute because they think they know something even when they do not. We all want to pretend we are somebody. No one wants to be the unknown guy in the corner in the chicken hat. In this arena this could get dangerous and could cause someone to do things dangerous... it isn't like we are building soap boxy derby cars.
Did you yourself not hear the story of the Japanese videos games pulled form the shelves because of the severe seizures kids were going into?

I am lost here in the see of flames .

I understand a very small percentage of people, can have seizures with certain stimuli. I will vomit if I go into a room with certain strobes, and from (I kid you not) Playing the first version of Wolfenstein, and I have spoke with other who avoid it, like me. But it really depends on the rate of strobe and frequency of light, (for me).

I am asking about hypnosis and getting stuck. I have never heard of it. I have in the past used auto hypnosis for years, ad am reading a rather intense book on how do it. This was written by one of the leaders in the field and is meant for practitioners who do not live close to a university that has a department that can teach it.

As this is a state of hyper awareness, and the body will not let you do self harming things and you can easily slip out if something were to happen like say a loud noise or flash of light, then how do you get stuck?

I know this is an old post but I would love to hear from all the combatants on the subject.


You are right! Let's censor the internet! Let's be Chinese Communists! YYYAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( I have nothing against the Chinese, just the way their government is set up.)
Where is censorship mentioned nowhere. I hate to break it to you but everyone in the world's opinion is just that not a fact and some people do not know the difference and that can be dangerous. That's why it is not legal for people just to start making things and mass producing them out of their house it is called PRODUCT TESTING. You know to see IF IT IS DANGEROUS>>>>>>


"We are a Wiki nation everyone wants to contribute because they think they know something even when they do not." I was responding with a sarcastic solution.
Just gtfo of the internet if you don't like it this much. Jeez.
I have been off the internet for a long time that is why I have not seen these comments... I actually travel you know air. People are getting RICKETS from lack of sunshine because of internet addiction this is insane. All for what for people to update their fb? This website is useful most are not.
Please... Do us all a favor. Continue traveling on your crusades and leave the interwebs alone. We're safer with you out in the world doing "God Knows What," you're comments however "are shot from the hip" and lack a cohesion rarely found even on the internets.
You are very arrogant, and you lust for control of the information on the internet bothers the hell out of me. Go back to Russia and take your socialism with you.
me? :(
Of course not you. "Haunted_Lady" The communist with the desire to censor the internet.
Lol you dont even know the meaning of that word my fellow american brainwashed kid, and haunted lady, wiki rules, the books you read and have on your shelf I saved them on my C Drive on pdf format because im green. PS. TheParadox, socialism and communism are not the same just like capitalism and democracy.
Your "greeness"of saving things on your computer and all the other computers on in the is world caused a demand so high for power because of constant internet usage that countries all over the world are addicted to nuclear power.
We were better off with paper alone people still print out everything..
The Sierra Club is a nice place to visit maybe have a look at their website.
Hey hey... c'mon. Let's be nice. If you feel the need to define the differences of Socialism vs Communism as compared to Capitalist vs Democracy you can do so without calling people: Kid, Brainwashed, etc. There's nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe, or your opinion. When it gets outright insulting... people get hurt. This may be the "InterWebs" but there are still people at the end of it.
Im sorry I got carried away, sometimes it just happens, bad day I guess. What I worte is a lilttle offensive, didnt mean to. I hope you can understand.
I am so glad you know the difference between communism and socialism. What makes me arrogant because you feel bad about yourself and I don't.
Do you know what a paradox even is without Wiki??? Controlling information my goodness wow...that has nothing to do with anything don;t confuse me with your Mom.
I cannot build cars and decide to start selling them to people because I think they are great. They have to be tested that has nothing to do with controlling information that has to do with common sense.
I think you are smart. However, you are not smart enough to go preach somewhere else to strangers in person. Gosh lady. Just gosh. Yes video games are bad. But not just Japanese ones. Don't be so biased.
Google Japanese Video Games Epilepsy. I am not biased. This is an event that actually happened in Japan my dear. Don't make me sound racist. I am relating not gossip, not something I would post on my Facebook BUT A REAL EVENT IN HISTORY.

So, haunted_lady, you really don't quit, do you?
haunted_lady, I'm surprised you have the courage to breath, many people have choked that way. I'm surprised you eat, people choke that way too. And the likely statistic is that most bones are broken while doing something active. So honestly, I'm surprised you do anything more than exist.
Who says he's unknown? I know him, (or of him) his name is Bigev, and he has a CHICKEN HAT, a more noble hat has never been made.

Just another reminder, the comment option is intended for feedback on this instructable, not for attacking other members. A little kindness will get you farther, with more people who are willing to side with you, and expound on your example.

As always, I send love.
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