Project

Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams

Oscar Rosello

  1. Overview
  2. People
  3. Images, captions, and license information
  4. Video
  5. FAQ
  6. Contact information
  1. Overview

    Sleep is a forgotten country of the mind; a vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a third of our lives are spent asleep. Current technological interfaces miss out on an opportunity to access the unique, imaginative, elastic cognition ongoing during dreams and semi-lucid states. In turn, each of us misses an opportunity to use interfaces to influence our own processes of memory consolidation, creative insight generation, gist extraction, and emotion regulation that are so deeply sleep-dependent. 

  2. People

    Adam Haar Horowitz, Research Assistant, Fluid Interfaces group
    Ishaan Grover, Research Assistant, Personal Robots group
    Pedro Reynolds-Cuellar, Research Assistant, Personal Robots group
    Tomas Vega Galvez, Research Assistant, Fluid Interfaces group
    Oscar Rosello, Research Assistant, Fluid Interfaces group
    Abhinandan Jain, project collaborator
    Pattie Maes, Principal Investigator, Fluid Interfaces group

  3. Images, captions, and license information

    Paper, version submitted to AltCHI

    Image 1
    Credit: Fluid Interfaces group, MIT Media Lab
    Caption: Using Dormio you fall asleep as you normally would, but the transition into stage 2 sleep is tracked and interrupted. This suspends you in a semi-lucid state where microdreams are inceptable, allowing direction of your dreams. 
    License: CC BY 4.0

    Image 2
    Credit: Oscar Rosello
    Caption: Neuroscience has demonstrated sleep is crucial for memory consolidation, creative insight generation, learning, emotion regulation and more. Yet there exist no reliable technological interfaces to sleep.
    License: CC BY 4.0

    Image 3
    Credit: Oscar Rosello
    Caption: We hope this work inspires more active exploration of sleep states, both inside and outside of laboratory settings.
    License: CC BY 4.0

    Image 4
    Credit: Oscar Rosello
    Caption: During sleep onset, a window of opportunity for interfacing with sleep arises in the form of hypnagogia, a semi-lucid sleep state where we all begin dreaming before we fall fully unconscious.
    License: CC BY 4.0

    Image 5
    Credit: Oscar Rosello
    Caption: Sleep tracking technologies are typically extremely expensive and cumbersome. We built one which is cheap, tailored to Hypnagogia, untethered and open source!
    License: CC BY 4.0

    Image 6 (animated gif)
    Credit: Oscar Rosello
    License: CC BY 4.0

  4. Video

    Available on YouTube with a standard YouTube license. Please contact dormio@media.mit.edu for permission for reuse.

  5. FAQ

    Frequently asked questions can be found on the project overview page.

  6. Contact information

    Contact the research team at dormio@media.mit.edu