On this site you can find information on the History of Institute for the Development of Dream Research, the latest Research, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and some Testimonials from participants in Virtual Dreaming studies in Australia. You can also check out the Dreamguides, a community organisation already working with the technology.
Virtual Dreaming Technology: Hardware and Software
The Virtual Dreaming technology uses cutting-edge software that is able to take data from biometric sensing devices as input and generates electrical signals that stimulate the areas of the brain that control dreaming.
Sensing devices attached to the body transmit data wirelessly to the controlling computer, which can be a Windows or Macintosh-based computer. A Linux-based version will be developed later.
An Apple iPhone can be used to measure movement during the dream state ...
Neuron Activity Analysis Software and the Dreamguide Stimulus Generator.
A touch screen is used for session login using biometric identification technology. Similar to voice recognition software, the virtual dreaming software builds a profile of the user by gathering biometric data. Once sufficient data has been collected the profile is created and the user is able to log into his account by simply touching the screen.
Once logged on the user can direct the Virtual Dreaming session.
In the initial phase of a session the software generates electrical signals which are picked up by the brain and creating the virtual dreaming state. This takes as little as 5 seconds for an experience practitioner, but can take up to 30 seconds the first time.
the user's physical and emotional response to stimuli varies, so the output generated by the dream activity analysis software changes.
The biometrics of a session can be monitored remotely using the Remote Monitoring module. With this software it's possible to control the monitored session to some degree, but this module is designed for monitoring more than controling. The amount of control can be increased with experience, but how much control is possible is an unknown quantity.
Biometric Sensing Devices
The Virtual Dreaming hardware system uses biometric sensing devices to measure heart rate, skin surface temperature and muscle tension, but the breakthrough in V-Dreaming technology is the development of a near-infrared optical sensor, which allows the level of neuron activity in the dream control area of the brain to be monitored.
This patent-pending device (N-I Optical Neuron Activity Sensor) uses optical fibers and laser diodes operating in the near-infrared frequency band.
The data transmitted from the device is analysed by the Neuron Activity Analysis Software (NAAS). The software uses 64-bit technology and will run on Mac OS X and any of the Windows 64-bit operating systems. We are currently developing the software to run on 32-bit operating systems and plan to do a beta release later this year.
Electrical activity in the brain makes recognizable patterns, which an electroencephalogram (EEG) can measure. An EEG tracks and records brain wave patterns are sent to a computer using small metal discs with electrodes placed on the scalp.
Virtual Dreaming technology takes the EEG to the next level by
The electrical activity in the brain and in the muscles
the data are combined and use to generate an electrical stimulus which is picked up by the dream activity centre of the user's brain.
Dreamguide Stimulus Generator
The Dreamguide Stimulus Generator (DSG) uses the data output by the Neuron Activity Analysis Software (NAAS) and sends the encoded signal to the dream activity centre of the user's brain, a little like a climate control system in a glass house the software monitors this data and responds with new signals.
We are developing a consumer version of the Virtual Dreaming system. Part of this development will be an iPhone app which will monitor your movement during the Virtual Dreaming state. The neuron activity software uses this data to influence the virtual dream being experienced.
which will use standard computer hardware, but will require a fairly high- end video card to do real-time visual referencing during a session. (Note: Visual referencing can be disabled in setup preferences.) We expect this version to be available to the public in the next few months.
Go to Dreamguides.net to add your name to the database to be notified of the consumer release of Virtual Dreaming.
On this site you can also find information on the History of Institute for the Development of Dream Research, the Research, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and some Testimonials .You can also check out the Dreamguides, a community organisation already working with the technology.
This page last updated 23 February 2010
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