Daily Prompt: World’s Best Widget

You’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but you can only use them to build one gadget or machine. What do you build?

Am I the only person who read that and instantly thought of Widget: The World Watcher?

With my magical engineering skills, I would develop and create a machine that would allow people to record their dreams.

Have you ever had a dream that plays out like a movie? Or perhaps you just see an assortment of static images, like photographs, and would like to know what they were or what they mean? Or maybe you have the kind of dreams that are full of people, but you can never remember what their faces are like?

Nightmares. Nonsense. Symbolic. ‘Cheese Dreams’. Adventure. Déjà vu . Confusion, terror, happiness are all things that we experience in our dreams, however sometimes as much as we wish we could remember the what’s, how’s, who’s, where’s and why’s of our dreams, the reality is, that it’s not necessarily that simple.

For me, I sometimes find myself dreaming around 5-6am in the morning, and as soon as I wake up, I grab my iPad and my bluetooth keyboard and will sit in bed tapping away, primarily making basic notes to jolt my memory enough to be able to then go back and elaborate on each point to create a flowing dialogue of what I just experienced in my strange and bizarre brain.

Sometimes I can have a really basic dream: I’ll be sitting in a cafe, and then somebody will talk to me, and then I’ll walk into a shop, and suddenly I’m in a completely different city, or I’ll walk through a doorway to a clothing shop and I’ll be at the beach or something weird like that.

But at other times, I’ll have dreams that make absolutely no sense, yet just seem completely terrifying because I’m in such a deep sleep and an altered state of consciousness. Those moments I have dreams like the video montage from The Ring

You all know the video.

But I would love to be able to record them so I could make more sense out of them, or even better, take them to an interpreter who would be able to tell me what I already know…

I don’t actually know how it would work. I guess there would be some kind of helmet covered with electrodes that would sit on the head, but then there would need to be something that would connect perhaps to the optic nerve? Or maybe some kind of brain stem? But then how would that happen?

It would be great to be able to have the technology to be able to develop some kind of microscopic implant (kind of like the one’s I’ve seen on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). That could then stream the video wirelessly to some kind of recording device, kind of like a DVR, and would be waiting for you to review when you wake up.

I was just wondering, would the implant go on the optic nerve, or would it be implanted in the brain somewhere. When we dream and we see images, are we seeing the images with our eyes, or is our brain making us think that the images are being seen through our eyes? When really, they are being created by the brain, but it’s just tricking us into seeing the images, even though we’re asleep and our eyes are closed.

Confused yet? I am.

I think that in itself is it’s own kind of research project, to determine whether the eyes actually see the images in our dreams, or if it all comes from the brain. How does it work? What creates it? What are the chemicals at work that make us dream, and what are the chemicals in the body / brain that determine what type of dream we have.

Why do we have ‘cheese dreams’ after having cheese. What is it about the cheese that causes some kind of dysfunction in the brain when we go to sleep and completely distort our thoughts / dreams?