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Aurora smart headband gives you control over your lucid dreams

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Aurora, a new smart headband claims to measure brainwaves and eye movement activity to allow a sleeping person to take control of their dreams. The Kickstarter campaign for Aurora started in December, and closed today with an overwhelming success, more than doubling its original goal of $90.000.

Raising $239.094, iWinks, the San Diego-based startup behind the project has got everything to make your dream-enhancing dreams come true.

But what is Aurora, anyway? It is a smart headband that plays personalized lights and sounds to help you have lucid dreams.

And what are lucid dreams, you ask? Lucid dreams typically happen naturally on occasion, when the dreamer experiences something strange, and stops to question their reality, realizing they are in a dream. Some people may have lucid dreams more often than others.

iWinks says the Aurora headband could bring this experience to everyone by measuring brainwaves and rapid eye movements to determine when the person enters the dream state. When it happens, the headband alerts the person’s dream self with customized sounds and flashing lights.

“It sends a signal to your dream self that you are dreaming,” said Andrew Smiley, UCSD graduate student and co-founder of iWinks.

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“The idea of lucid dreaming has been around for centuries. In this state, anything is possible: zoom through space, fight fire-breathing dragons or become president, all from the comfort and safety of your own bed!” says the Aurora Kickstarter page.

“I saw the lights and realized I was dreaming, and as I was falling, I started flying instead,” said Co-founder Danny Schoonover, pointing to studies concluding lucid dreamers have fewer nightmares and less stress and other research that says skills performed in lucid dreams become easier to perform once awake. He certainly didn’t mean flying.

While Aurora is not the dream recorder we’ve been waiting for, we see great potential in a working lucid dream enhancer as well.  Backers who contributed $175 or more will become first in line to obtain a headband, due out in June 2014.