this is a pretty funny exchange of e-mails.
Bruce is right in one way: the “advanced” features on the DreamMaker were advertized only for the Pro, which is much more expensive (for no particular reason, the extra components/software programming was minimal).
Other than that, he just used big words for nothing. Apparently the “EMG” didn’t really work and they took it out… my belief is he doesn’t even properly understand EMG and used EDA (electrodermal activity, or gsr) instead…
Other claims (such an affiliation with the Lucidity Institute) are also just lies to get people’s trust.
The whole thing is just a huge scam to me.
As for the Kvasar, good luck with that! i never got mine to work properly, i think the IR sensor wasn’t placed properly over my eye, but i hear this problem also occured with the DreamMaker (where it picks up eye fluttering, but not subtle eye movement)… After toying around with the placement and breaking two sensors (which I had to order through my college as samples because they wouldn’t ship for under 50$ and i couldn’t find them anywhere else) I gave up on that and decided IR detection wasn’t reliable enough.
Right now I’m trying to come up with a design that uses EDA primarily, so if you’re into electronics and you think you could help, let me know. The idea is to turn skin resistance (which changes) into sound frequency and plug that into a computer through the line in. From there, everything is software based and the output to be made on one of those cheap, easy to build, lpt driven light machines (or alternatively, other cues, like, sound, vibrations, etc). Downpart is the computer connection…
We don’t know if it will work (not knowing how reliable EDA is compared to IR detection, maybe it’s not that good at all), but it’s all about the research anyway. Apparently skin resistance drops significantly during REM… but we’ll see.