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2013-11-05 – EEG Waves

EEG Graph REM Sleep
I recorded with my halograph FM and EEG in parallel. The electrodes didn’t have the best contact, but they still picked up some interesting readings. I have been embedding the passive electrode in the headband by my temple – a lot more comfortable than the earlobe and it still picks up the eye movements.

The eight waves in the minute featured above seem to have repeated every hour, around the 50 minute mark, starting at 2 am. The relative quite in the accelerometer channel suggest that the waves aren’t artifacts. I might set an alarm for them one day.

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OpenEEG recording of a lucid dream
I had a rare natural lucid dream triggered by events inspired by the main theme of Bob DeNatale’s new film about lucid dreaming, The Art of Dreaming. I maintained lucidity for a good minute of human flight. The minute featured above shows a spike in the data that is otherwise flat, recorded at 0614, when I believe the dream occured. I was asleep from 0015 to 0640.

The algorithm didn’t trigger an audio track, as it was looking for multiple events like this in a row. I will update it to optionally trigger on only a single event, because of the vividness of the dream. The spike looks similar to when I open my eyes while awake.

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Sleep and Consciousness Research Graph
I have make a Remote Viewing Session (german: Fernwahrnehmung) and have recorded my brain with my mindwave headset from neurosky.
The Session is from Stage 1 to 6 , and by the way.. its a Coordinate Remote Viewing Session (CRV).

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2013-09-17 – Visual EOG

Halovision EOG Eye Movements

I have been working on a new plugin for Lucid Scribe, dubbed Halovision, that measures the amount of change between each frame from a webcam stream. The printout above was recorded while awake and blinking and shows the eye movement pattern that triggers the audio tracks. If you always wanted to try Lucid Scribe but haven’t had the hardware, now is your chance if your laptop has a webcam built in or your smartphone runs Android!

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2013-07-02 – (first post)no REM only dream

Sleep and Consciousness Research Graph
As always wake up around 3:30 in the morning,
start the computer and program, put on head electrodes and headphones.
Program had never caught REM’s probably too shallow sleep.

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2013-05-31 – EEG Baseline

EEG Baseline
The minute above shows the “normal” EEG values when I am still. I can move my head around quite a lot without affecting the values. But as soon as I move or close my eyes, significant peaks can be seen like in the minute below that I recorded during my sleep at 0825.
EEG Eye Movements

I woke up at 0841 right out of a dream.

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2013-05-24 – Open Electroencephalography

OpenEEG Project - REM Sleep
A decade after I was able to afford my first printed circuit board from Olimex and started dabbling in the OpenEEG project, I finally managed to build a device with which I can comfortably record my brainwaves during sleep.

It took forever to fall asleep because I was just too excited. I woke up at 0534 from a dream and noted the time. The printout of the minute I selected is from 0515 and shows some very distinct patterns that are similar to when I move my eyes around while conscious. I will use that as a base to write the REM-detection algorithm that will trigger the audio tracks.

I embedded the four active electrodes inside a headband and taped the passive electrode to my earlobe with some duct tape. I still need to meditate on a more convenient way to attach the passive electrode.

It can be worn with the sensors on the forehead by the Frontal Lobe to trigger on the spikes in electrical activity caused by eye movements or at the back to monitor the brainwaves by the Occipital Lobe where visual perception is processed. Check it:
Halograph EEG

Anyone with a device compatible with the OpenEEG project can now upload to the Lucid Scribe Database project by right-clicking on a log in Lucid Scribe and selecting Export to -> LSDBase. The source code for the OpenEEG plugin is available on GitHub.

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Triggering lucidity
I finally got my hands on an old Wild Divine LightStone. And finally managed to keep the finger clip on all night after many attempts. I also wore the halograph FM and the heartbeats as measured by the IR sensor from the finger and the accelerometer in the headband line up perfectly. 63 beats can be seen in the minute above.

Encouraged by the findings of Masao Yaso, Atsuo Nuruki, Sei-ichi Tsujimura and Kazutomo Yunokuchi, I have started working on an algorithm to detect REM sleep from the pulse…

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Sleep and Consciousness Research Graph
It seemed like a good idea but…
So I hooked up the speakers near my head, put on the modded MindWave and went to sleep. As seems to be the norm for me, I didn’t start dreaming until around 5 am. The sound file that is triggered is a recording of my wife saying “Tom you are dreaming, take control”. Well when I started dreaming and the sound file was played the shock of hearing she who must be obeyed was so startling that it instantly woke me up with absolutely no memory of the dream and my heart racing. Maybe a simple chime sound would work better.

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First Dream with Modified MindWave
First dream captured with modified NeuroSky MindWave. Anyone familiar with the MindWave knows its design makes sleeping with it on nearly impossible. I took mine apart and remounted the boards, contacts and battery (crudely) in a elastic headband. Now it is possible to sleep with it on.

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UPDATE:
Thought I’d do the process in bullet form. To be used in conjunction with the attached pics. Unfortunately I didn’t take step by step pics but it is really pretty simple. If I forgot anything feel free to ask.

  • Remove all the stickers from the mind wave including the large circular one that says NeuroSky MindWave. They just peel off.
  • Unscrew everything
  • The blue wires Going to the forehead sensor can be carefully pried out of the sides.
  • Gently remove the boards and refer to pics for wiring scheme. These wires/connections are fragile!
  • Buy a battery holder or cut away the original one and add wires to be able to mount it in a more comfortable position.
  • Adapt or replace the forehead sensor
  • Mount into headband as suits your needs.
  • Sleep, Dream, Be Amazed

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