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Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask flashes before your eyes

Kickstarter backers are big dreamers. The Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask is racking up the pledge dollars by offering a way to help you control your nighttime mental ramblings.

Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask
The $80 Remee comes in a choice of colors. Remee

The Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask is worn like a regular sleep mask, but it has built-in LEDs that flash in patterns. The idea is that the sleeper recognizes the lights as visual anomalies, realizes he is sleeping, and then takes control of the dream.

Remee with lights on
Here's what Remee looks like with the lights activated on one side. (Click to enlarge.) Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The LED patterns and delay times before the lights trigger will be customizable through a Web site. There's also a dimmer control so the LEDs don't wake you up by blaring through your eyelids.

Remee isn't the first lucid dreaming mask, but it's cheaper than existing options like the $190 REM-Dreamer. Remee can be yours for an $80 pledge on Kickstarter.

My dreams tend to follow along the lines of "Inception." I sometimes wake up in my dreams and then wake up a second time in reality. Fun!

I've managed to pull off lucid dreaming a handful of times, but it's hard to control and never lasts long. I understand the temptation to find a technology solution to make it easier. That's why Remee's funding has exploded to more than double its $35,000 goal with 42 days left to go.

The Remee promotional video shows interviews with various people talking about their lucid-dreaming ambitions. It seems everyone wants to fly. Meh. I fly all the time in my dreams already. I would rather have the power to stop those dream zombies before they bite me.

The big question is whether or not Remee works. For starters, you'll have to be comfortable with wearing a mask to bed. If Remee triggers you into lucidity, it will still take practice to control and sustain it.

I'm guessing Remee might not work for everyone, but it may be the extra nudge some sleepers need to start dabbling in lucid dreaming. You will have to wait until it ships in July to try it for yourself.

After you get your Remee, please remember to give me a helping hand if you're flying over and see me being attacked by zombies. I'd appreciate it.