DreamBeam: iPhone App Video and Written Review
When we were younger, we were very into the idea of lucid dreaming. We thought it was a neat way to exercise our mind’s power, as well as something fun to do while we were trying to sleep. However, it was quite a difficult process, and took a very long time to get an hold of. However, if we’d had DreamBeam by developer GROW App it wouldn’t have been nearly as hard. The app is a full-on dream induction machine that’s designed for your iPhone. Best of all, it comes at a pretty nifty price, too! So if your interest has been piqued, head on down below the break to see our whole review of this dreaming application.
Concept and Functionality
As stated, DreamBeam is first and foremost a dream-induction applicant. For those not in the know, the basic idea is this: By making yourself aware of the fact that you’re asleep, but without waking, you can learn to control your dreams, making them as you wish them to be. It’s a lot of fun, and there are all kinds of ideas about how this taps into your subconscious. Best of all, DreamBeam makes it relatively easy to accomplish.
First, the app allows you to select one of two dream moods. From there, you watch a brief animation that’s intended to relax you and implant a dream in your mind. Then, you fall asleep with the phone under your pillow. When you start to dream, the phone senses it through your increased motion, and starts to trigger sounds that will alert you to the fact that you’re actually dreaming. The hope is then that you’ll be able to exercise some control over your surroundings, and to explore the dream world on a whim.
Performance and Design
First off the bat, we’d simply like to say that everything about the app has been very well designed. We also really enjoyed the fact that you can record your dreams in a brief note after waking. However, we’re not so sure about the app’s performance. Granted, we didn’t have much time to play around with it, but we have a feeling the effects of the dream stimulation will largely be effective on only certain people. You may get a lot of dream induction out of the app, or you may have none at all. It’s a tricky thing to peg, so our only suggestion is to go in with the right amount of expectations.
That being said, DreamBeam is certainly a value. The app costs only a dollar in the App Store, which seems like a tremendous value to us. With that in mind, if you’ve ever been curious about lucid dreaming, and have thought about trying it out yourself, there’s no better way to give it a whirl than with DreamBeam for the iPhone. It comes recommended.
DreamBeam requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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