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Lucid dreamers drive virtual Cybertruck in bizarre new experiment

By T.K. Randall
February 9, 2024 · Comment icon 7 comments
A depiction of lucid dreaming.
Have you ever experienced lucid dreams ? Image Credit: Bing AI / Dall-E 3
The research saw volunteers use the power of lucid dreaming to control a truck on a computer while unconscious.
Ever had a dream in which you actually become aware that you are dreaming and can directly influence the events you are experiencing ? This is known as lucid dreaming.

For years, scientists have attempted to study what goes on in the brain during such experiences and now, it seems, it has even become possible to use lucid dreaming to control objects on a computer.

In a series of recent experiments, researchers from California startup REMspace achieved what they are hailing as the first two-way control of a virtual object from a lucid dream.

Volunteers who were hooked up to a computer were able to drive a virtual Cybertruck around on the screen and even evade obstacles, despite being sound asleep.

"Special equipment based on electromyography sensors was developed," the team wrote in a press release. "If a person moved their legs in a dream, this led to the movement of a virtual avatar (Cybertruck) on the computer screen."

"Hand movements caused the car to turn, and obstacles were signaled by light through the eyelids."
"Five experienced lucid dreamers took part in a laboratory study."

"All of them were able to consciously control a virtual Tesla while asleep when their brains were in REM sleep (confirmed by polysomnography)."

"Two way control of an object on the screen lasted from several seconds to several minutes."

The research could open the door to many new ways of utilizing the power of lucid dreaming.

"Two-way interaction with a computer from dreams opens up a whole area of new technologies," said experiment leader Michael Raduga.

"Now, these developments are crude, but soon they will change the idea of human capabilities."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 20 days ago
Is this available in PCVR or the Quest 3?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 20 days ago
this is actually cool, i like this, it could lead to a new type of work and gaming....
Comment icon #3 Posted by Razman 19 days ago
Gotta wonder how they were able to get participants to lucid dream on demand for the experiment
Comment icon #4 Posted by Procyon 19 days ago
Apparently some people really can just do it on command whenever they sleep, or at least, some people claim that they can. I've read a lot of books about it though, and every one that advertises some secret method to on-demand lucid dreaming comes down to "just want it to happen" or something like that. So, not sure if I buy into this one.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Bed of chaos 18 days ago
I get that part. Trial and error w (per article) experienced lucid dreamers. What I don't understand is how everyone dreamed about trucks. They communicate w hand movements, similar to how lucid dreams was scientifically proven. They're simply following orders, move (hand) forward or backwards ect. Though I'm not convinced (no evidence) they all dreamt the same thing.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Alchopwn 18 days ago
I am actually phobic about driving in dreams.  I mean, what if I am actually driving IRL and I have just drifted off to sleep?  "Wake up dumb@ss !"  I cry.
Comment icon #7 Posted by papageorge1 17 days ago

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