The SHADOW app knows.
The people behind this New York-based Kickstarter project are, in their words, “building the world’s largest dream database.” You know, no big whoop.
Its funding now secured, SHADOW is getting ready to absorb your nightmares. It’s getting its finishing touches as we speak, according to its creator, hunter lee soik, and it should be available to Kickstarter Early Backers in a couple months. No word yet on when general availability will be.
The mobile SHADOW app is described as an alarm clock that enables you to “remember and record your dreams by placing them in a cloud-based, global dream repository.”
In a press release, soik is quoted: “Some of humanity’s best scientific discoveries begin in dreams, yet most of us forget 95% of our dreams within minutes of waking up. Thanks to our Kickstarter backers we can now build an app to capture all that lost dream data, and we are absolutely astounded by the positive response we’ve had so far.”
At its core, SHADOW is a typical alarm clock with cool features like escalating alarms, which the app maker says “help you better remember your dreams by taking you through your hypnopompic state (the transition from asleep to awake) much slower than a standard alarm clock.”
When you wake up, SHADOW asks you to record your dreams via speech or text, which are then sent securely to a server where SHADOW “can anonymously organize the global data to identify major themes and trends.” The app can even help you remember your dreams by asking you a series of questions. It’s up to you whether or not you want to share your dreams with other users.
So if, in a few months, you have that dream about the floating cows being punctured by No. 2 pencils, SHADOW may be able to give you some insight. Or at least tie it into our collective consciousness.