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Lucid Dreaming After Being in VR

Lucid Dreaming After Being in VR
Dreamy virtuality... It's a thing.

Lucid dreaming is a psychological phenomenon in which the dreamer is capable of controlling his actions within the dream. In addition, you are able to immerse into the dreamworld with complete clarity. Anything that you hear, see or smell while dreaming feels as authentic as reality.

This extraordinary experience enables you to explore the astral planes, since with practice, you will be able not only to control your own actions, but the environment as well. We can conclude that our brain precedes modern VR devices, and is actually the original VR machine.

Most likely, at first, you will use this ability to fulfill your fantasies. But this phenomenon also holds the key of resolving some of your inner conflicts, psychological issues, or to get in touch with your inner creativity.

That being said, we can draw some conclusive parallels between lucid dreaming and VR experience. They can both take us places that would be virtually impossible to reach in real life. Many VR users report that they have lucid dreams more frequently after exposure to virtual reality.

Can VR induce lucid dreaming?

Lucid Dreaming After Being in VR
Being aware that you are in a dream enables you to control it

Several researches found that gamers often have a better sense of awareness during their dreams. While playing, you get used to controlling something, so you are more likely to try and control your dreams as well. The basic idea behind this is that when you spend a lot of time in controllable and fictional world, you might look at the dream world through the same lens.

The truth is, while you are using a VR device, you put your brain in a state that very much resembles the REM state. Virtual environments are getting ever more immersive, and offer the experiences such as deep sea diving, flying, and many more activities that are almost, if not completely, impossible in the real world.

The one activity that can increase the frequency of lucid dreaming to engage yourself in more “dream-like” thinking. Hence it is indeed plausible, and even likely that engagement in virtual-reality programs will induce the higher frequency of lucid dreaming.

Human brain – The ultimate VR device

Lucid Dreaming After Being in VR Brain
Still the most powerful VR device

There are several differences between VR and lucid dreaming which prove that, while technology is advancing quickly, human brain is still the most amazing piece of “software”. In VR experiences, everything is basically a code. Even tough it is an amazing sensation, it has its boundaries and limitations.

On the other hand, our brain, especially during the REM phase, is limitless. The tricky part is, that in order to become a lucid dreamer, some practice is required. Scientists argue that everyone is capable of lucid dreaming, it is just a matter of training and mastering the proper techniques. If you are already a lucid dreamer, lucky you! If not, you can read and learn more about lucid dreams.

It seems that dreaming is such a crucial aspect of humanity, that we are striving to develop technologies that can create these dream-like environments. The birth of the VR is certainly creating the new age of human experience, pushing its extent to yet unknown limits.

If in future we maintain the respect for both of our virtual worlds – biological and technological, and do our best to develop a mutually beneficial relation between them, we are in for an exciting and bright future!

What Headsets Can You Use With Windows Mixed Reality?

HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset
HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset

HP and Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

At the moment, there are two available headsets that officially work with Windows Mixed Reality: one made by HP, priced at $329, and another one by Acer, listed at $299.

Both headsets have “Developer Edition” attached to their name. Still, it seems that anybody can buy them, provided they are not out of stock, of course.

Spec-wise, the two headsets are virtually identical:

  • Two high-resolution liquid crystal displays at 1440 x 1440
  • 89” diagonal display size (x2)
  • Front hinged display
  • 95 degrees horizontal field of view
  • Display refresh rate up to 90 Hz (native)
  • Built-in audio out and microphone support through 3.5mm jack
  • Single cable with HDMI 2.0 (display) and USB 3.0 (data) for connectivity
  • Inside-out tracking
  • 00m cable

The similarities are not a surprise really, due to Microsoft’s detailed tech and design specifications provided to all headset manufacturers.

The inside-out tracking is the biggest draw of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality. Its “six degrees of freedom” technology removes the need for external tracking sensors that Rift and Vive are known for.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Now, Microsoft’s recommended PC system specifications are far more demanding than the initially proposed Intel HD Graphics 620.

Recommended processor models are either i7 with 6+ cores or AMD Ryzen 7 1700-equivalent or greater, with 8 cores and 16 threads.

GPU recommendations are on the very high-end as well – NVIDIA GTX 980/1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480-equivalent or greater, with 8GB (must be DX12 and WDDM 2.2 compatible).

Apparently, you also need at least 16 GB of RAM.

Of course, none of this is final. These are developer edition Windows Mixed Reality headsets that are subject to change and update over time.

Make sure to let your developer friends know these are available. The emerging market of Windows Mixed Reality is primed to explode by the end of the year.

ASUS, Dell & Lenovo Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset
ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset

As one of the leaders in the gaming and tech innovation market, ASUS made sure to have their own take on the Windows Mixed Reality headset.

ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) machines are Oculus-compatible already. Now, ASUS is looking to establish their presence in the mixed reality market as well. Apparently, their headset is supposed to be ultra-light, with ergonomically adjustable strap.

Dell has partnered with Microsoft to bring a commercially viable consumer headset too. Their Windows Mixed Reality headset is designed by the team in charge of Dell’s high-end XPS and Alienware PCs.

Dell is focusing on comfort and convenience, with replaceable cushions, weight balanced headband, cable routing for more convenient cable management and an easily removable flip-up visor.

Dell’s Windows Mixed Reality headset is scheduled to be released some time before holiday.

Dell Windows Mixed Reality Headset
Dell Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Last, but not least, Lenovo will add their own solution into the mix as well. It’s supposed to be affordable and easy to set-up and enjoy the mixed reality experiences. It’s certainly better to have more options – it lowers the barrier of entry for new consumers.

Now, despite being listed on Microsoft’s official store page, there are no indications of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive joining the Windows Mixed Reality family of headsets any time soon. Obviously, these two popular VR headsets would first need to be updated with inside-out tracking technology.

However, even then, Microsoft might have exclusive Windows Mixed Reality partnership deals with ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and HP.

On the other hand, supporting Vive and Rift would provide a significant jumpstart to Windows Mixed Reality. The race is on!

Lenovo Windows Mixed Reality Headset
Lenovo Windows Mixed Reality Headset

The (Unfinished) List of Free Oculus Rift VR Games and Apps

List of free oculust rift vr games and apps featured
Everybody loves freebies, right?

There are a lot of free VR games on Oculus Store. Here’s an ever expanding list of all major free Oculus Rift VR games and apps:

Of course, Steam has a selection of Oculus Rift-compatible free VR games as well. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Here are a few more free Oculus Rift VR games and apps not available through Oculus or Steam Store:

For most up-to date list of free Oculus Rift VR games and apps, check out the wiki link here. Thanks and please come back for more!