Have you ever thought about “hacking” your dreams? The new MIT experience wants to make the idea a reality

The phenomenon of clear dreams, often used by artists or inventors to access creative ideas deep within the subconscious, has intrigued countless scientists throughout history. A group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Dream Lab decided to create Dormio, a kind of glove that allows users to hack their dreams.

The metal ball technique, used by figures like Thomas Edison or Salvador Dal to achieve lucid dreams, was one of the inspirations of MIT scientists. The method is to fall asleep with a metal ball in your hand. as he enters the land of dreams, the person ends up leaving him. The noise caused by the fall is sufficient to transport one to a state of partial lucidity where they can explore the depths of the mind.

Dormio replaces the impractical metal ball with a set of biometric sensors in the shape of a "glove", which measure, for example, heart rate and body movements, and which are able to detect when the user falls asleep.

Upon identifying that the person is already asleep, the Dormio system starts playing a series of pre-recorded audio signals. The goal is to lead the user to return to the hypnagogic state that appears even before someone falls asleep completely.

The group of researchers behind the project believes that Dormio could be particularly useful in treatments, to strengthen users' memories and to realize the transformative impact of sleep. For now, the device developed by the project, whose open source code, is still under development and has already been tested on about 50 people.