The Critical 'I'

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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Be your own sandman, with the help of Japanese toymakers. Takara presents the Dream Workshop, a sensory-stimulating gadget that's supposed to influence your sleeping state into dreaming a dream that you've pre-determined.
While preparing for bed, the user mounts a photograph on the device of who should appear in the dream, selects music appropriate to the mood — fantasy, comedy, romantic story, nostalgia — and records key word prompts, such as the name of a romantic crush.

Placed near the bedside, the dream-maker emits a special white light, relaxing music and a fragrance to help the person nod off.

Several hours later, it plays back the recorded word prompts, timed to coincide with the part of the sleep cycle when dreams most often occur. It then helps coax the sleeper gently out of sleep with more light and music so that the dreams are not forgotten.
Am I missing something, or is there any real point to putting a photo of your dream-object on this thing? The sound and smell functions make sense, but what good is a photo when you're asleep? I suppose you could nod off while staring at said photo, but you don't need an elaborate device to do that.

Call me a blackheart, but the thought crossed my mind that you could plant this thing in someone's room, unawares, to induce nightmares. Perfect for sibling hijinks!