They say a regular human sleeps around a third of his total lifespan. When you think about what you could do with that time, you’d probably wish to sleep less, but feel as rested as ever. Well, there might be a way to achieve that and the intelligent minds of IntelClinic have developed a device just for that: NeuroOn. Still in an early stages of the project, NeuroOn is currently looking to gather funds on KickStarter, where it’s getting quite the traction.

A simple, rather stylish mask which can be customized after the client needs, NeuroOn is a device that can help customers develop a polyphasic sleeping pattern with the help of a few sensors and, an iOS/Android application. In theory, this type of sleeping should take overall resting time to a figure between two or six hours, while bestowing the same replenishing effects over the mind and body.

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What can NeuroOn Mask Achieve?

As hinted with the T-shirt above, IntelClinic’s idea was to give people more usable time during a day and spend less hours in a sleep phase. For those who don’t know, we usually sleep in a monophasic manner, meaning that we pick just a period of our day to recover our resources, a period which is usually eight hours long.

This classic approach can be altered with the right training and shaped into a polyphasic pattern, where you break down the sleep into smaller parts throughout the day. This tactic was allegedly used in the past by great minds of our history, including Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Napoleon and Winston Churchill.

Even though modifying your habits to induce a polyphasic sleep sounds unhealthy, there are studies indicating the benefits of this technique and the impact on the human body. While the first accommodation stage is said to be quite ruff, the body should ultimately adapt and increase its concentration in the awake sessions. We must also note that this treatment gets things done for certain folks but it doesn’t work on everyone.  Also, there are no studies performed that show the long-term effect of such practice.

In order for NeuroOn to help your mind achieve this path, the mask actually monitors the brainwaves emitted during sleeping through a series of sensors found in the interior layer of the mask. Besides the brain waves, muscle tension and eye movements are also tracked and all the data collected is sent using Bluettoth 4.0 to a partner application, currently available only on Apple smartphones.

All these sensors calculate when the REM and NREM sleep phases occur and set an intelligent alarm to wake you up at the proper time. While there are other Android and iOS applications capable of pulling such a stunt, NeuroOn is by far the most accurate.

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Powered by a micro-USB rechargeable battery that lasts around ten days without a plug, NeoroOn and it’s rather stylish application can calculate and program an algorithm tailored especially for you. Advanced analysis is available after each sleeping period and there’s enough information to choose the best sleeping pattern for you, reducing both stress and fatigue.

In other words, this mask will wake the host up at the most opportunistic time but will also give you a sleeping schedule with increased efficiency.

Other benefits of NeuroOn:

  • Jet lag escape – customers should now be able to eliminate that dreadful jet lag without having to physically recharge after every flight.
  • Freedom of sleep – mainly because of its wide surface design and a comfortable feel, future owners can virtually sleep anywhere, be it the plane, the desk or on a train.
  • Lucid dreaming – those who are not faint of heart can take advantage of NeuroOn’s precision and pinpoint exactly when the REM phase starts, so you could initiate lucid dreaming with ease.

Those who are willing to take a shot can get the smart sleep mask for $250, or less, if you can catch the KickStarter early bird perk. The gadget can also be designed by the customer itself but this approach will set you back $375 or more. The pricing seems high, but that’s obvious considering the uniqueness of the project.


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Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization is his middle name and he doesn’t like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.