10. 08. 2004
Takara Dream Workshop
Takara, the company that makes the Bow-lingual doggie communicator, also makes the Dream Workshop, the little machine that's supposed to help you control your dreams. First you prop up a picture on the Dream Machine, a picture that reminds you of what you want to dream about. Then you choose a scent for the diffuser, and turn on the soft background music.
At this point, the preparation is complete and the user can turn on Yumemi Koubou and go to sleep. The device will begin to lull the person to sleep with soft music and lights, both of which slowly fade out. Then, throughout the next eight hours the device will periodically activate itself in accordance with the REM sleep pattern and cycle, softly playing the music, and repeating the recorded phrase. This multi-sensory stimulus is designed to trigger the desired dream in the sleeping subject.
Yes, it's highly unlikely that it will control your dreams any better than just thinking about what you want to dream about, but adding the olfactory element may have been a smart move. Richard Axel and Linda Buck, two American scientists just won the Nobel for their research on the human sense of smell. Smell is the most evocative of the senses, but the Dream Machine's smells will probably not match up to the ones your brain needs to bring up vivid memories. Ah well, it also slowly turns the lights and music back on after eight hours, to wake you gently so you can remember the horrible nightmare you were having.
The Dream Machine is only out in Japan right now but it's available at Dynamism for $199.