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Halo Lucid Dreaming Device From Prophetic—What We Know So Far

by Jimmy Leonard | Updated 09 Dec 2023

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New tech startup Prophetic is working on an AI-powered wearable device that will stimulate and sustain lucid dreams. The game plan is to use ultrasound transducers — basically, probes that will send sound waves to your brain —  to monitor brain activity and optimize lucid dreaming.

On Prophetic’s website, you can currently preorder a Halo for $100 down.

So…can this really work? Is there any science behind it? Here’s what we know so far.

The Halo Lucid Dream Device

Who Is Behind Prophetic?

The founder is Eric Wollberg, a lucid-dream enthusiast and businessman who’s partnered with a team of engineers and neuroscience researchers to make a device that can stimulate the prefrontal cortex during sleep.

Prophetic has partnered with a neuroscience institute that has also worked on Elon Musk’s Neuralink, which is possibly why this is getting so much buzz and venture capital interest. The company secured $1.1 million in series A funding.

How Will the Halo Work?

As of this writing, Prophetic is still figuring that out. The company plans to conduct its own ultrasound study in early 2024 and use those results to finalize the specs for the wearable. The Halo is expected to be Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capable so it can connect to an app that will use machine models to detect when you’re in a lucid dream state.

In normal REM sleep, the prefrontal cortex is less active, possibly contributing to why we often forget our dreams. The Halo will attempt to activate the prefrontal cortex without waking you up so you can be alert and conscious while still dreaming.

Is This Safe?

What, you think wearing a headband that blasts your brain with ultrasounds all night might be unsafe? If so, you’re not the only one with questions. Prophetic’s published roadmap promises they’ll stay below FDA regulations for diagnostic ultrasounds and will include “fail-safe mechanisms.”

They also throw this out there:

“The ability to modulate dreams…could conceivably open the door to manipulative practices, where dreams are directed for advertising, propaganda, or more nefarious purposes.”

Cool. Apparently, they’re also working on that to make sure no advertisers or criminals try to incept our dreams.

Personally, I think the bigger question will be does it work, which we’ve yet to see evidence of.

Could It Work?

Maybe. Science is wild, and I’m not going to rule anything out. Most dream studies about lucid dreaming have focused on tracking and understanding the brain activity during the lucid-dream state. The most tried-and-true methods for lucid dream induction come through meditation, psychology, and memory, like recognizing dream signs.

Even if it does have some success, I expect it to be moderate or on a wide spectrum. For example, people already training in lucid dreaming techniques may report better results.

As Prophetic’s studies commence in 2024, I plan to keep a close eye on it.

Have you preordered a Halo headset? Tell us your story! We’d love to hear why you’re interested, or why you’re still on the fence.

Jimmy Leonard

Jimmy Leonard

Jimmy is a marketing content strategist and copywriter who moonlights as the editor of Sueño Labs. He writes about dreams and technology, although he likes to maintain a healthy, objective skepticism when it comes to dream tech.

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