Shadow, a "dream-recording" app

Anything marketed with Alan Watts -- "Let's have a surprise. Let's have a dream that isn't under control" -- gets my click. Wired's Liz Stinson reports on Shadow, a novel alarm clock for your phone.

Created by designers Hunter Lee Soik and Jason Carvalho, Shadow is an app that makes recording and remembering your dreams extremely simple. On its most basic level, Shadow is an alarm clock/digital dream journal, but the designers ultimately hope to create the largest dream database in the world. Users set the clock before they go to sleep at night, and in the morning, gradually escalating volume and vibration gently rouses you awake. Most of the time, alarm clocks abruptly blast through your consciousness, ripping you from the depths of sleep. In contrast, Shadow’s alarm system gradually transitions users through their hypnopompic state, that not-quite-asleep, not-quite-awake phase, which has be proven to help you better remember your dreams.

Shadow: A Beautiful App That Tracks Your Dreams [Wired]

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  1. gradually transitions users through their hypnopompic state, that not-quite-asleep, not-quite-awake phase

    a.k.a. the best part of every day.

  2. Enkidu says:

    if we're successful, we will change the course of human history

    Well, duh. If you're asking for my eight dollars, I expect no less.

  3. I know there are a bunch of chime type apps that are intended to remind you to tune in when the chime goes off.

  4. For some years now I've been keeping a pocket size voice recorder in my nightstand drawer. When I awake and remember a dream, I record what I can remember. Normally the recording begins with the most recent part of the dream (right before waking), but I usually find that the act of concentrating on what I remember stimulates more memories of earlier dream segments. Most recordings run 2-4 minutes, but some dreams have taken as long as 10-12 minutes to record.

    Every few months, when the recorder's memory fills up, I dump it to a hard drive on my main desktop. That drive is eventually backed up to an offline portable drive.

    I don't do cloud storage, so none of this ever leaves my home. (Much as I'd like to have a backup stored offsite, there's no other place I can think of which has the same level of legal protection as my own home.)

    Which brings me to my point, I guess. This app does have some clear advantages over my system, but privacy isn't among them.

    Unless some spook breaks into my house and plants a trojan on my computer, I'm the only one who will ever have access to my dreams, some of which are pretty damn personal.

    On the other hand, anything on a mobile phone is inherently insecure. I have my doubts that this app can guarantee the kind of privacy I want for my dreams. Prove me wrong.

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