Prophetic, the startup that wants to make us work even in our sleep

Gianluca Riccio

Technology

Halo, Prophetic's technology, transforms sleep into a virtual office by stimulating the brain.

Dreaming has never been so productive. With Halo, the startup's new device prophetic, the concept of working extends beyond the confines of waking life. This innovative technology promises to revolutionize our approach to sleep, transforming it into a dreamlike workroom. Now, professionals and creatives can work on their projects, taking advantage of the unlimited freedom of lucid dreaming.

The Magic of Halo: Working in the Dream World

Halo is a head wearable device that induces the state of lucid dreaming, a condition in which one is aware of dreaming and can control the content of the dream. This tool aims to transform the night hours into a creative laboratory, offering a new way to work, learn and explore.

Unlike other products that promise to induce lucid dreams (for example I sleep, pioneered by MIT), Halo uses focused ultrasound beams to stimulate specific brain regions involved in lucid dreaming. This technique, already used in the medical field, activates the parts of the brain responsible for decision making and awareness, thus inducing lucidity.

Prophetic and vision of the future

Eric WollbergCEO prophetic, founded just last March, says that you're only limited by your imagination when it comes to using Halo. Prophetic's ambition is to open up new avenues of creativity and problem solving that would not be conceivable in waking life. The startup collaborates with Afshin Mehin, a well-known designer of neural devices, to perfect the creation of Halo. To his credit, Mehin also created the device of Neuralink, Elon Musk's startup.

Despite the enthusiasm around Halo, there are doubts in the scientific and non-scientific fields. Antonio Zadra, a psychology professor and dream expert, highlights the difficulties in controlling lucid dreams (although he also cites studies linking activation of the prefrontal cortex with the ability to control dreams). The problem, if anything, is finding yourself working hard even while sleeping. What can I say: there are those who like it.

Work in your sleep

Future projects and potential impact

Prophetic relies on studies by the Donders Institute to identify the brain areas to stimulate. The startup plans to collect crucial data in spring 2024 and launch Halo in spring of the 2025. The device's price, estimated at between $1500 and $2000, has already generated significant public response, with pre-orders suggesting broad interest.

Halo represents a potential revolution in the way we perceive work and creativity. While there are still many questions to explore and challenges to overcome, the idea of ​​using sleep time to work and create opens up exciting scenarios. Prophetic with Halo could not only change our nights, but also the way we live and work in our daily lives.

Anything but virtual reality: here we are right in an episode of Black Mirror.

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