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Aurora: A Headband That Lets You Control Your Dreams

What if you could control your dreams? Turn a nightmare into a fantasy, fly across the world in one night or even travel to outer space all while you're sleeping?

A new headband that launched on Kickstarter this month promises to do just that by helping you reach what the creators call a “lucid dream” state.

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"The easiest way … is to have what we call a reality check," Aurora headband co-founder Daniel told FoxNews.com. "You need something that makes you question the reality you are in."

The headband aims to do just that. First it measures brain waves and eye movement activity to determine when a person enters REM sleep -- a stage of sleep characterized by rapid eye movement where dreams are more likely to occur. Then it emits a series of lights that Schoonover says will not wake up the user, but instead allow her to realize she is dreaming.

She can then take control and enter into a lucid dream state, where the “Inception”-style fun can begin.

That’s the pitch on Kickstarter, anyway, where the team has raised nearly $200,000.

But one sleep specialist says the device may actually cause more problems than it will solve.

"The public is fascinated with dreams,” assistant medical director at Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep Dr. Rachel Salas told FoxNews.com. “And while everyone would love to tweak their musical abilities or hypnotize themselves to lose weight, I think we're a long way away from this headband being used as a clinical tool."

There are many devices currently on the market that claim to help users sleep better or wake them up during a lighter stage of sleep to prevent grogginess. Salas said most of these consumer gadgets simply cannot truly detect the various sleep stages.

In order to confirm that a person is in REM sleep (where most dreams occur), eye and muscle movement and brain wave activity need to be measured. Salas questions how the headband can detect all of these things; as a board-certified neurologist, she needs the help of multiple devices to measure them all.
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