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Dream recorder

Scott McNulty

If I were giving out awards for creepiest Mac application Dream recorder would be the front-runner. This app, as the name implies, aims to help you record your dreams and get a sense for how well you are sleeping. As you can see in the illustration to the right, the proper usage of Dream recorder involves:

  1. Placing your Mac on a night table next to your bed (the Mac must have a camera attached to it).
  2. Take a picture with Dream recorder in the dark, so it can adjust its settings.
  3. Go to sleep. Dream recorder will take a picture of you every 2 minutes by slowly brightening the screen.
  4. Dream recorder will determine the best time to wake you, based on a range you enter and what sleep cycle you are in.
  5. When you wake up, hit the space bar to stop the picture taking and to start the audio recording (this is where you tell the Mac about your dreams).
The developer has kindly uploaded a sample of what the resultant movie, constructed from all those pictures, looks like. Creepy, huh?

There is a 15 day trial, after which a 3 license pack costs $45. Dream recorder requires OS X 10.4.8 and Quicktime 7.

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