Lucid Dreams Now Available On Demand

RemeeI know one or two people who are able to dream lucidly, often experiencing Out of Body Experiences (OOBEs), more or less whenever they want to. For most of us, though, lucid dreams are something that we can only imagine. A couple of guys from Brooklyn are about to change all that, though, having successfully raised over half a million dollars via the Kickstarter crowd funding platform to create the Remee Mask. Here they explain what it is:

And this is the description on their site:

What is Remee?
In essence, Remee is a specialized sleep mask. You put it on before you go to bed and with practice and determination, it should help increase the number of lucid dreams you have.

So how does it work?
Sleep stages are divided into two main categories: non-REM sleep and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, where dreams typically occur. Over the course of the night a sleeper will cycle through the five stages of sleep a number of times with the REM stages lasting longer and longer towards morning.

In default mode, Remee targets these long chunks of REM sleep towards the end of the sleep period. Before bed, turn Remee on, fine tune the brightness of the lights (if needed) and then go to sleep. Remee will wait for an initial long delay, usually 4-5 hours, until you’re in the heart of the heavy REM stages, before initializing light patterns. After the initial long delay Remee will display light patterns for 15-20 seconds with a second shorter delay, default at 15 minutes, between each signal. During non-REM sleep the lights are unlikely to effect you, but if you’re in REM sleep the lights will bleed into your dreams, presenting a perfect chance to become lucid.

Why six lights and why red?
We spent a lot of time making sure that Remee’s lights were configured in such a way that it would work well for all face shapes and head sizes. Six lights creates a much larger effective signal area so that even if the mask shifts during sleep you’ll still most likely have at least a few lights over your eyes. Even cooler, by having six lights we make it possible to create much more unique signals that can strobe, sweep and blink in ways that are not only recognizable, but that stimulate your visual field in a more tangible way. In addition, red light penetrates skin much more readily than other wavelengths. Remember when you were a kid and you put a flashlight in your mouth to make your cheeks glow red? That happens because red light is able to pass through your skin, and in the case of Remee, your eyelids, much more easily. On a side note, red LEDs also use much less power than other colors so we were able to keep you from strapping a 9v battery to your head.

Customizable, you say?
You bet. You’ll be able to edit the standard full night sleep long delay and short delay, as well as setting both the short and long delay for nap mode. Nap mode lets you trigger signals after a delay as short as 15 minutes – perfect for a quick lucid siesta. This is also great for the Wake-Back-to-Bed technique, which veteran oneironauts can attest is one of the best methods for lucid dreaming. In addition to setting Remee’s timing, you’ll be able to select from a variety of unique signal patterns and also modify the brightness to suit your paper thin or ogre thick eyelids.

Want one? They cost $95.


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42 Comments on "Lucid Dreams Now Available On Demand"

  1. similar devices have been on the market for a very long time.. now as to whether they actually work or not I don’t know. is a good site that deals with lucid dreaming and techniques.

  2. Spiderman | May 21, 2012 at 11:35 am |

    California puppy extract makes me lucid dream when ever i take it. 

    • Spiderman | May 21, 2012 at 11:36 am |

      poppy*** lol

    • Really?

      My understanding is that California Poppies don’t contain opiates. Is my understanding flawed, or is there some other chemical in them that causes this effect.

      Also, what are the details of the extraction you use?

      • Spiderman | May 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm |  i just take it before bed   and i always wake up from a  lucid dream and if not lucid very symbolic to the events in my life at the current time, when i dont take it i still lucid dream but only if its after a major emotional event, good luck. its not the opiates its another subtle psycho active ingredient. Ive read on some sites before i bought it that it causes dream but thats not what i got it for, but thats what it does, i didnt notice any other changes and i went pretty heavy on the dose. careful with allergies, test the allergic reaction first, besides that i didnt find it toxic unless mixed with other drugs that cause interactions but most people should be ok.

        • Thanks.

          I occasionally lucid dream spontaneously, but its nice to know there’s a simple preparation to help it along if desired.

      • Spiderman | May 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

        I used a more affordable one but this extract seems to be the  most artisanal. 

    • Michaeljackson | May 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm |

      Mmmmm…. that was one tasty puppy extract!

  3. How does this differ from the Nova dreamer

    • My understanding was that their aims were to reduce cost compared to other similar products (allowing more people access), to make it lighter/more comfortable (so it’s more likely to be used regularly) and to make it more easily user customisable (in terms of tailoring to your own individual sleep patterns.

      All pretty laudable aims, as far as I was concerned, which is why the project was the first (and so far only) Kickstarter project I’ve stumped up cash for. I’d read about the Novadreamer and similar for years, but cost was always a bit outside my “willing to give it a go to see if it helps” limits, financially. For $80 (the original Kickstarter price for one) I was willing to give it a whirl.

  4. Wow,seriously,why would anyone pay for this? With a bit of daily practice anyone is able to lucid dream,and it doesn’t even take any real effort.

    But then i guess,human laziness knows no bounds.

    • Not true, or just about everyone would already be doing it. (An unlimited fantasy world where I can do literally anything, where that’s possible in reality or not? Sign me up!) Most people don’t even recall dreams (lucid or not) regularly upon waking, which is the first step to lucidity success (and which the Remee obviously won’t help with

      I’ve had two remembered lucid dreams in the last four months, and I’ve been trying. Okay, so maybe I’m just no good at it (always possible!), but it seems to me that any tool that gives you a better chance of success has got to be a good thing.

      That’s how I see the Remee (and similar, pre-existing devices) – something to up your success rate, and likely something that you might need less and less, as you got better at recognising signs that you are dreaming (reality-testing, etc.)

      I have a fairly pessimistic view of the human animal, but in this case I really don’t think it’s about laziness at all. It’s certainly not guaranteeing you’ll be lucid, but it’s increasing your chances of success, provided you do the work – you still have to recognise that the flashing lights mean something outside of the dream, etc. And then if you lucid dream regularly, you’ll probably know how slippery they can be to stay in control of.

      • Ceausescu | May 22, 2012 at 1:15 am |

        I agree with you say.

        I have never used such a device, but I have tried to lucid dream about a year ago. I wasn’t consistently writing in a dream journal, and I also didn’t have a regular sleep schedule. These 2 things are primordial when learning to lucid dream, but I’m sure you know that 🙂 However, I did manage to have a few short lucid dreams at the peak of my motivation level. And it was very rewarding !

        I’ll also add the fact that besides the visual signals when in REM sleep, using such device creates a placebo effect ( very helpful in lucid dreaming ) which drastically increases your motivation to lucid dream.

        I think it’s a bit overpriced at 100 $, but it’s the cheapest on the market.

        I learned techniques, tips and tricks from It’s a forum dedicated to lucid dreaming.

        • Cool, and thanks for the head-up re: that dreamviews site. Will check it out.

        •  Really? A regular sleep cycle? I find I’m much more likely to LD when I’m deprived of sleep. If I’m getting 6-7 hours a night, it doesn’t happen as much. I’m not seeking it anyway. I’d just as soon get rid of it since it’s often followed by that hypnogogic paralysis thing that scares the holy hell out of me. I’d rather live awake and get some rest when I’m trying to sleep.

      • I disagree with you.Most people have trouble remembering their dreams,but that’s what the Dream Journal is for.You wake up,you write down your dream,rinse and repeat.And then after a week or two,you read through all your dreams and look for similarities that occur in them.That would be the first step.

        And then there is also a reality check,pinch your hand every hour,write something at your palm (few numbers,or a short word) and look at it in regular intervals.Few days after doing the above,you will unconsciously do it in your dream and become aware that you are dreaming (works best the with words or numbers,because in dream they will get twisted and won’t have any meaning)

        And yes i agree on the last point,in the beginning it’s always hard to maintain the control over the dream,but you can also overcome that with a little practice.

        In the end,all that’s really needed is,determination.

        • Well hey, we can agree to disagree on some of it. 🙂

          I totally agree with all that you say re: reality checks, determination, etc. but I still think that for just $95 (or $80 for those who jumped on the bandwagon early), if this gets a whole bunch more people into the whole lucid dreaming thing that can only be an overall positive.

          It’s win-win all round, I reckon.

  5. Established Poster | May 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm |

    Hey guys, I applaud casual drug use.  Those of you on this site who think otherwise can kiss my ass.  You have no scientific proof that drugs are bad, at least not any that I will accept.  Don’t bother providing a link to some site with test data on it either.  If you do, I will reject it as junk science and then all of us on this site who use drugs will ridicule you to shame.  (secretly my drug use controls me and is anything but casual.)

    • Hey guys, I’m going to go on a self righteous rant about how I’m better than everyone else for not using drugs.  I support prohibition and the crime that it creates and think people who use drugs should be criminally punished.  I want everyone to agree with my point of view and do what I think is MORALLY correct.  After all, you shouldn’t be allowed to choose what you do with your own body, that’s the government’s job.

    • MoralDrift | May 22, 2012 at 2:04 am |

      This article has nothing to do with drugs. 

      • Michaeljackson | May 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm |

        No, it has everything to do with drugs!

      • ChristianValuesRMerican | May 26, 2012 at 5:15 am |

        LD is a very dangerous gateway drug, and the government needs to step in and arrest those criminals who abuse it!!!

  6. Best way to lucid dream is falling asleep trough a meditative trance, which is currently the only way I sleep. I lucid dream every time, every night, even in the afternoon. My longest sleep period has been about 4 hours’ duration lately, since I have a kid to wake up to at night. Nevertheless I always feel perfectly rested. My advice is simple : when you can’t sleep, relax and meditate. It works. 

  7. Dmturs elf | May 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm |

    95 bucks? Not too bad but some harmalas meditation and binaural beats will get you there easily

  8. DeepCough | May 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm |

    I never got into lucid dreaming, and not because I could do it, but my dreams make “Inception” look like a tame Disney film.

  9.  I have a nearly identical product from the mid 1990’s called a NovaDreamer, from the Lucidity Institute. Functionality appears to be the same — it looks for REM sleep, then gives audio/visual cues.

  10. James Nason | May 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

    Are these things just timer based or is there something that actually detects REM.  If it’s just a programmed timer I’m pretty sure I could throw something together for $5.00 or so not counting sunglasses.

    • Calypso_1 | May 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm |

      As far as I know all of these type devices use IR diodes for REM motion detection.

  11. Michaeljackson | May 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm |


  12. Michaeljackson | May 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm |

    My balls are itching.

  13. I’ve been lucid dreaming since I was 10, I fell asleep with the tv on and the audio was like an anchor giving me the awareness necessary to facilitate a lucid dream.  It has also happened with the radio on.  Now my preference is for binaural beats, the i-doser program from the Apple Itunes store is a good one, it is also available for PC.  See you on the astral 🙂

  14. lucid dreams arn’t that great… when you have the realization you are in one and can’t wake up… thats terrifying… what if we are all dreaming now? *____________*

  15. Little kids pee make me dream

    • Calypso_1 | Jun 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

      Do you collect from the source or from a receptacle, and perhaps could this have anything to do with the detergent they’ve been consuming?

  16. I’ve been lucid dreaming since I was a child. It happens most often when I’m sleep deprived. I also have sleep paralysis.  The latter is often a particularly terrifying experience. I’d trade anyone who wants it for a decent night’s sleep.

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