Geo Bell 24/5/2017
It’s been a little over a year since I interviewed former Luciding Inc member and co-founder Michael Skrychevsky. We discussed the specifications of the (then current) LucidCatcher device, and the outcome of in-house trials conducted on the LucidCatcher 2.0, and earlier prototypes. The project has been gaining momentum since it began in 2014. Initial press coverage was almost exclusive to the Russian & Ukranian media, until 2015/16 when the project gained attention from tech blogs across the world. During this time Luciding began to fulfil pre-orders for beta- and pre-consumer devices. Further trials were conducted in-house in 2016, the results of which are discussed below.
To assess the efficacy of the device, the developers collected written reports based on the LuCiD scale developed by Voss et al. (2013) from an experienced lucid dreamer, and a ‘novice’ lucid dreamer for 5 consecutive nights, for each test condition. The values obtained for insight, control and dissociation for 3 of these conditions are shown below.
2016 in-house development trials
According to the data released by the team at Luciding, the LucidCatcher device produced a noticeable increase in the average values determined for insight, control and dissociation in the novice lucid dreamer, when used over 5 consecutive nights, as compared with the control (novice without any induction method).
2017 Update and Luciding's Official Kickstarter
Fast-forward to 2017; Luciding Inc has set up shop in San Francisco, and following 3 years of development, are taking pre-orders for the consumer version of their device on Kickstarter.
I contacted CTO and co-founder Nikita Annt to find out more about the ‘final product’, due for release in January 2018. The latest version of the device will support multiple stimulation protocols, including tDCS, tACS, tRNS and tPCS, which may be customised using the API.
Detailed specifications for the latest version of LucidCatcher
Luciding disclosed the following specifications for the Kickstarter edition of the LucidCatcher device:
Does it really work? Hands-on full reviews coming soon
Reviews from beta-testers and on prototype devices are both polarised and scarce. LucidSourcers can look forward to a hands-on review of the LucidCatcher very soon. Luciding are also shipping devices to popular YouTubers Giz Edwards, James Bray (SpaceTimeBadass) and Simon Rausch (KT-Forum.de). Watch this space!
Voss, U., Schermelleh-Engel, K., Windt, J., Frenzel, C. & Hobson, J. A. (2013). Measuring consciousness in dreams: The lucidity and consciousness in dreams scale. Consciousness and Cognition, 22 (1), 8-21. 10.1016/j.concog.2012.11.001