ACM Demo Hour: Dormio

Oscar Rosello

Chang Hee Lee, Dan Lockton, David Verweij, David Kirk, Kay Rogage, Abigail Durrant, Aubree Ball, Audrey Desjardins, Adam Haar Horowitz, Ishaan Grover, Pedro Reynolds-Cuellar, Oscar Rosello, Tomas Vega, Abhinandan Jain, Cynthia Breazeal, and Pattie Maes. 2018. Demo hour. Interactions 25, 6 (October 2018), 10-13. DOI:


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. Dormio interfaces with hypnagogia, the state of consciousness between wakefulness and sleep in which we dream before falling fully unconscious. Dormio allows users to track and interrupt specific sleep-stage transitions with dream suggestions, modernizing the steel-ball napping technique used by Edison, Dalí, and Tesla to generate creative insights. Dormio enables the extension, inception, and capture of dream content, allowing access to fluid thinking present in interstitial semi-consciousness and dreams.

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