Geo Bell 26/2/2016
Lucid Source interviews Luciding co-founder Michael Skrychevsky on their next generation Dream Aid: LucidCatcher
LucidCatcher is a long-awaited Dream Aid which administers 40 Hz neurostimulation to facilitate lucidity in dreams. Echoing Voss' pioneering 2014 study, is LucidCatcher the future of lucid dreaming technology?
I pinched 15 minutes of Michael Skrychevsky's time to find out more about the device...
Geo: Hi Michael, thanks for taking the time to speak with me. I'm quite geeked over what you and the team at Luciding are working on, and there are a few things that I'd love to hear more about. First off, what has inspired the creation of LucidCatcher?
Michael: Luciding is a service to enhance the quality of people's sleep by providing them with lucid dreams every night with the help of our wearable device and a connected app.
Our CEO and my co-founder Nikita Ant is a 6 years experienced lucid dreamer. He can now become lucid every night without any effort or devices. But it took him more than 4 years to achieve. That is why he has created LucidCatcher - to significantly low down the entry barrier for everyone who is interested in the topic. With it anyone can experience lucid dreams from the very first try.
Geo: I see, so LucidCatcher could enable non-practicing lucid dreamers to experience lucidity?
Michael: Our target audience are lucid dreamers at first, but we are already going beyond that. We have over 100 customers from around the world and only half of them practice lucid dreaming.
Geo: I understand Luciding boasts "unique lucid dreaming technology". For our science lovers, talk us through how your device works to facilitate lucidity.
Michael: Before going to sleep you put LucidCatcher on your head and check the electrodes positioning via mobile app. While you are asleep it detects REM-phases and apply mild and safe neurostimulation to help you become aware that you are sleeping.
Of course behind any new technology there is substantial research. Two in our case. One is Dr. Ursula's, second is our own. She showed us the way to accomplish our goal - to amplify lucidity levels, and we took it from there and created a consumer product in a form of a brand new wearable. You can find lots of details about her research and I can only add that we took as a base for our own.
Geo: I understand that you're offering not just the device, but a lucid dreaming service too. How will that work?
Michael: The service is all about increasing chances of achieving lucid state. At first novices will set goals like find hands, walk through walls or fly to Mars as their first steps to control the dream. Then they will share their dreams via our Dream diary and get achievements. Combined with the device it will become a powerful network of dreamers and their dreams.
Geo: As you already know, much of lucid dreaming culture feels let down by previous induction devices and failed Kickstarters. Is that about to change?
Michael: Hopefully, yes. We are planning to do something truly huge in terms of sleep innovations since beds & pillows. But we are not rushing things up. At first we will prove that LucidCatcher actually works by shipping it to our first customers (some of them have waited too long), journalists, opinion makers etc; and collecting their feedback. Only after that we will go with the achieved results to crowdfunding. Anyone who will doubt us at the middle of the campaign will be able to ask our customers. In this way we believe that we can reach the larger audience and break through all the issues our predecessors have faced.
Geo: The device itself certainly looks the part. Will falling asleep be an issue wearing it though?
Michael: We have worked hard and iterated more than 12 times on the device look, user experience and hardware. I can say that it is quite comfortable and you can get used to it in a night or two.