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Yumemiru app aims to let you control your dreams

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February 9, 2012

The available dreams in Yumemiru include walking through a forest, visiting the beach, fly...

The available dreams in Yumemiru include walking through a forest, visiting the beach, flying, becoming rich, and even romances specified for both men and women

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We all wish we could control what our dreams are at night, whether it's to pretend we have powers like Superman or simply to enjoy a relaxing stroll through a mansion on the Moon that happens to have a talking lion for a butler, complete with monocle. Sadly, we're still a long way away from programming our sleeping moments like a Netflix queue, but one Japanese app may have a quick solution. The Yumemiru app for iOS can detect when you enter dream sleep and then plays a soundtrack to influence what happens in your dreams.

It sounds like something from the movie Inception, but altering a person's dreams can reportedly be fairly simple. The app uses a timer and the Apple device's microphone to detect when a user has entered REM sleep, which is when they're most susceptible to dreaming. Then it begins to play a soundtrack for the specific type of dream that the user selects, which could include sound effects or voices directing their dream. The available dreams include walking through a forest, visiting the beach, flying, becoming rich, and even romances specified for both men and women.

Yumemiru app aims to let you control your dreams

On top of that, Yumemiru also includes social functions for users to document and share the dreams the have, which also increases the chances of a person remembering their dream more fully. It also includes an alarm function, so you don't enjoy your dream for too long.

You can download the Yumemiru app right now in the App Store (though it might take some guess work to actually use it, since it is in Japanese).

Product Page: Yumemiru

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Jonathan Fincher Jonathan grew up in Norway, China, and Trinidad before graduating film school and becoming an online writer covering green technology, history and design, as well as contributing to video game news sites like Filefront and 1Up. He currently resides in Texas, where his passions include video games, comics, and boring people who don't want to talk about either of those things.   All articles by Jonathan Fincher
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5 Comments

Just looked for it and have not found "Yumemiru" on the iTunes U.S. website. Maybe it is only on the iTunes website in Japan.

Dana Lawton
9th February, 2012 @ 03:04 pm PST

why not just playback a recorded message, such as "You are dreaming" or "This is a dream"? This is quite an effective way to induce lucidity in dreams, ie. being aware of the nature of the experience, while staying in it.

Only doubt I have about this though (and it's a big one) is that the microphone+timer-solution is going to work - you'd need infrared sensors over the eye (detecting the REM) or EEG-measurements to detect dreaming with any certainty.. I would be very pleased if this actually worked, but I don't see it happening.

Froden
10th February, 2012 @ 10:34 am PST

I'd have to try it to see if it really worked.

Richie Suraci
10th February, 2012 @ 10:38 am PST

"You can download the Yumemiru app right now in the App Store..."

Ok, on your iDevice, you could browse to the technology-miraiworks site and click on "Product", "Yume"... or just go to the page:

http://www.technology-miraiworks.com/yume/ ...and click the 'Available' button.

However, the Google translation may indicate that it may not work correctly in iPad, iPod Touch.

RpD
10th February, 2012 @ 02:43 pm PST

It's currently available in the App Store, and free, as well.

But, "The app uses a timer and the Apple device's microphone to detect when a user has entered REM sleep" - how, exactly?!? The timer I can understand, so it waits at least a preset time before possibly coming on, but the mic?

I wish there was more information on the website, like instructions, maybe!

David Bell
21st February, 2012 @ 08:00 pm PST
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