In the realm of cutting-edge technology, a neural-tech startup named Prophetic is striving to turn dreams into reality, quite literally. Enter the Halo, a headband that claims to help users control their dreams, reminiscent of the mind-bending concepts explored in the movie “Inception.”
This dream-inducing device, with a sci-fi aura, is Prophetic’s attempt to merge artificial intelligence with the enigmatic world of dreams. The startup has recently opened registration for beta users to experience the Halo – a non-invasive, wearable headband retailing at an estimated $2,000.
Powered by Morpheus-1, Prophetic’s multimodal AI model trained on brain data, the Halo boasts the ability to induce and stabilize lucid dreams. According to the company, the headband utilizes ultrasound holograms, replacing traditional written prompts, to stimulate the prefrontal cortex during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep – the phase where vivid dreaming typically occurs.
Prophetic CEO and co-founder, Eric Wollberg, described the process in a demo, emphasizing the autonomous nature of the Halo’s functionality. However, the startup has yet to respond to inquiries regarding the success of human trials and potential safety concerns associated with the device.
While research indicates that targeted ultrasound simulation might enhance working memory, the scientific community awaits further validation of Prophetic’s claims. Despite the uncertainty, the interest in the Halo is palpable, with over 400 users signing up for the beta program within four hours of its launch, as reported by Wollberg on X, formerly known as Twitter.
One of the more ambitious attempts to induce lucid dreaming in the commercial realm is Prophetic’s AI-powered dream machine. The Halo is an intriguing step into new territory at the evolving crossroads of technology and consciousness. It provides a tantalizing view into a future where dreams are not only investigated but also directed.