It’s official - the iPhone (News - Alert) really can do anything. Dr. Richard Wiseman unveiled a new iOS app at the Edinburgh Science Festival that monitors and influences one’s sleep pattern. The new app, “Dream:ON (News - Alert) is unlike anything on the market, working not only as a fun and relaxing way to sleep, but as an experiment in the palm of your hand.
Users turn on the app and place their iPhone at the top of the bed as close to their head as possible. After choosing a scene they wish to dream about through Soundscape, for example a beach or garden, the user plays the music and falls asleep. “Dream:ON” even has a “Dream Store” through Soundscape to pick and choose different dreams. The app records all movement and sleep patterns as the person dreams. When he wakes up, it’s important to record any thoughts and dream observation to help the app collect data.
Though it is most efficient when a person sleeps alone, another person in bed will not corrupt the findings. Over time the individual will find that the app completely syncs with their sleep schedule.
“We have created a new way of carrying out mass participation experiments,” Wiseman said during his presentation. “We still know relatively little about the science of dreaming and this app may provide a real breakthrough in changing how we dream, and record and track those dreams.”
Wiseman added that people cannot expect the app to work immediately. He said that the app can take several nights to work at its full potential, once it gets to “know you.” Though it appears to be a bit of a fluffy app, the data will be used to gather insight into dreaming.
iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad users running on iOS 5 or higher can use this app from their Apple (News - Alert) devices.
Edited by Jennifer Russell