A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
ZEEZ IS A SMART SLEEP MASK.
ZEEZ will help you wake up alert and energized, even when your sleep is intermittent or challenged. It helps to naturally regulate your biological clock & circadian rhythms.
ZEEZ emits calibrated LED light pulsations through your closed eyelids while you sleep (or rest) to regulate your circadian rhythms. It's science, based on two groundbreaking studies originating at Stanford University.
The 2017 Nobel Prize In Physiology was awarded to 3 Americans for their work on Circadian Rhythm. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young shared the prize for their discoveries about how our internal clocks govern human biology.
Who does ZEEZ work for?
Do you find yourself tired and sluggish at any given point in your day?
ZEEZ has a "boost" feature to help energize you whenever fatigue sets in. Place the mask on for 20-30 minutes (or longer if desired) and get an instant BOOST in your energy levels.
No longer will you need a mid day coffee or hyper-caffeinated energy drink, ZEEZ is all-natural and holistic.
What makes ZEEZ so great?
We believe it's our four foundational principles: effective, easy-to-use, comfortable and affordable.
No pills. No apps. No sleep aids. No nonsense. Just science.
It's as easy as3 Simple Steps: Flip the switch. Strap it on. Relax.
ZEEZ uses open-cell urethane foam designed for air flow and to keep your face cool. Internal fabric is soft to the touch with superior stretch.The ZEEZ frame is strong yet pliant, and adjusts to every face.
ZEEZ is also lightweight. And it's easy to clean.
Early ZEEZ adopters receive special pricing through Kickstarter.
It costs less than dinner and a movie! How much would you pay for a good nights sleep? Or to fix your broken sleep patterns and internal clock?
Tech Talk about ZEEZ - How it's made
ZEEZ was created over a 2+ year period, pursuant to dozens of iterations and prototypes. The Alpha prototype proposed a "flex board", and 5 layers overall:
The Alpha prototype proved to be functional. The efficacy of ZEEZ was thus established and confirmed early on, allowing subsequent iterations to focus on efficiency, design, comfort, and aesthetics.
The arc of the ZEEZ mask, the strap, and the mask/strap interface are designed to eliminate peripheral light seepage, conform naturally to your face for maximum comfort, and specifically align optically to ensure maximum efficacy of the blue LED light emissions.
The printed circuit board also went through many iterations.
FABRICATION AND COMFORT: The ZEEZ mask is made from an open-cell urethane foam designed for air to flow through. The wearer’s face stays cool. The internal fabric is a technologically advanced polyester knit with superior stretch properties, and soft to the touch. It's incredibly lightweight, and it's easy to clean.
ZEEZ is excited to have recently joined forces with Cirque du Soleil costume designer Jez Roth who will oversee fabrication for attractiveness and comfort. Cirque du Soleil costumes are attractive and the performances demainding. Comfort in fabrication and materials are paramount in the design process and Jez is the man. ZEEZ is extremely excited to have him aboard.
FUNCTIONALITY - CONTROL SWITCHES: Every ZEEZ mask has three easily accessible switches that will allow the user to achieve the desired circadian realignment. The left switch is the Power Control switch. In the event sleep is disrupted, the programming routine can be paused and resumed with ease. The middle switch controls the timing of the onset of the light pulsations. The right switch controls the duration of the light pulsations, in hours. When the middle switch is set on boost, the right switch automatically converts its duration of light pulsations to 10, 20, and 30 minutes.
THE "ENERGY BOOST" FEATURE: Many of us are plagued with fatigue and/or a lack of alertness at various points during our day. Every ZEEZ mask has a “boost” function. Clinical studies have shown that, while there is no replacement for sleep, exposure to the LED light pulsations at the correct intervals, cadence and frequency, as provided by ZEEZ, can bolster energy even after brief usage. This energy boost suppresses the production of melatonin in the brain and manifests itself similarly to drinking caffeinated beverages but without the side effects of dehydration, sudden crashing, or other longer-term problems. Simply set the mask to “boost” and relax (or nap) for the desired time (as little as 10 minutes, and up to 30 minutes) then remove the mask to feel refreshed, more alert, and ready for the balance of the day.
Sleep is the best meditation. ~ Dalai Lama
Watch Video for Demo:
ZEEZ founder, Jerry Snyder, gives a 1 minute demo of the ZEEZ Alpha, Beta, and current prototypes:
"As a journalist, I was familiar with studies that showed how blinking light could manipulate the body's production of melatonin. After meeting with Jerry, I had the pleasure of using a ZEEZ prototype to travel to New Delhi and Bhutan. When the blue light started emanating, it felt meditative and I slept better on the flight to New Delhi than I had ever slept on a plane before. I noticed I had more energy and alertness than my co-travelers, especially the first two days. I would be a proponent of using ZEEZ again." - Joan Moran
The Science: How ZEEZ Works
BIOLOGICAL CLOCK AND CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS - Every living being has a biological clock. This is real, it exists. Our biological clock is our innate timing device, composed of specific molecules (proteins). Our biological clock produces circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are cycles that tell our bodies when to sleep and rise (among other things). They are affected by environmental cues, with light being the primary such cue. Changing the light-dark cycle can therefore speed up, slow down, or reset our biological clocks and circadian rhythms.
There is a tiny region of the brain in the hypothalamus (called SCN), situated directly above the optic chiasm, that is responsible for controlling circadian rhythms. Our SCN controls the production of melatonin, a hormone that when increased, makes us sleepy. Information about incoming light is first received by our optic nerve and the cells tat contain melanopsin, which cells relay the information to the SCN (from the eyes to the brain). Controlling circadian rhythm is the very fundamental science underlying ZEEZ.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY STUDIES - ZEEZ might not have been possible at all without the innovative published findings of two scientific studies by Stanford University. In the first study, Dr. Zeitzer and colleagues found that light therapy works best at night, even through closed eyelids, because the body’s circadian rhythms are more sensitive to light at night. A second study found that short flashes of light are more effective than continuous light and could - for example - speed up the process of adjusting to a different time zone before a trip (ie - eliminating jet lag).
BLUE LIGHT: Numerous studies have shown that for those who suffer from circadian rhythm disorders, the use of blue spectrum light is a superior non-pharmacological way to help them "reset". People exposed properly and at the correct time to blue light are more active, with greater energy. ZEEZ emits blue light through LED's.
TEMPERATURE CYCLE: Our body temperature fluctuates up and down in small increments through the day and night, controlled by circadian rhythms. When we sleep, our temperature lowers. The lowest temperature we reach, is called our nadir temperature.
ZEEZ adjusts circadian rhythm, through closed eyelids, at night, by using short, carefully spaced, tested, and calibrated flashes of blue LED light. The light gets absorbed by retinal cells containing melanopsin, which tells our brain to naturally suppress the production of melatonin. Depending on the desired result, this is timed to take place relative to when we achieve nadir temperature.
WHY IS ZEEZ FIRST AVAILABLE NOW? Advances in science are only part of the story. ZEEZ is possible - and viable - due to a convergence of advances in science AND engineering technology. Up until recently, the cost of producing LED's with alterable lumen control was prohibitive. To deliver ZEEZ at this price, even just 2 or 3 years ago, would have been impossible. Science can provide us with many answers to life's riddles, but it's always special when advances in technology and science synchronize to make those answers feasible to enact.
"I played Major League Baseball for 15 years. I began my career in NY with the Mets, and when we had a West Coast swing, jet lag played havoc on me. I recently had the pleasure of flying from LA to NY wearing Dusty's ZEEZ prototype. Zero jet lag. Zero. In fact I felt better than I usually feel. That was a first for me after a cross-country flight. I wish there was a product like ZEEZ when I played." - Gregg Jefferies
PROJECT CREATOR COMMENTARY
Says Jerry: "I've never been a fan of pharmaceuticals. I don't dispute their efficacy, but there is usually at least one side effect or counterweight to their use. I do feel that - as a society - we default to meds very quickly.
I founded ZEEZ after a deeply personal experience. To begin with, I am a Type A personality who was diagnosed with (and living with) sleep apnea for years. I traveled regularly across multiple time zones, and always got jet lag. Fatigue and its offshoots (irritability, lack of alertness) had become a "given" in my life.
When my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I saw the attendant disruptions to not only her alertness and sleep patterns but also that of her caregiver. I became obsessed with the study of what symptoms prevail when sleep is not rehabilitative. I read published papers that suggested the real culprit was maladjusted circadian rhythms. I wondered if this could be naturally controlled. I reached out to a colleague (scientist) and we read every study we could find, many of which demonstrated that synchronizing the body’s circadian rhythms to its environment was THE way to mitigate the negative symptoms. Could it be done naturally, without drugs?
It's been a two-year odyssey to create ZEEZ. Three things were of the greatest importance to me - first was to eliminate the maladjustment of circadian rhythms; second was to eliminate the use of over the counter and prescription drugs that were supposed to help but had side effects. Through the use of LED lighting at proper illumination and pulsations at precise intervals, we achieved success. The third and final item of great importance was to bring this to market in a manner accessible to most. Accessibility to me was about price, and also ease of use. MY MISSION HAS NOW YIELDED ZEEZ - and after financing it to the degree I could, I came to Kickstarter.
I never get jet lag when I travel anymore. Because of my own sleep issues, I wear ZEEZ nightly and often during the day when I need a boost of energy and alertness. There are more hours in the day for me without fatigue, and that, my friends, is the biggest benefit of all."
"I am a U.S.-Sino Business Consultant. In August and again in October of 2017, I used a ZEEZ prototype for two trips between Los Angeles and Beijing. On both trips, after wearing ZEEZ on the way to China, I awoke feeling refreshed and had adjusted to Beijing time with no feelings of jet lag. This was a first for me. I am glad I had the opportunity and would certainly recommend it to colleagues." - Julia Stromsted
Timeline of Budget & Use of Proceeds
BUDGET: We have negotiated favorable rates with overseas factories that exercise stringent quality control standards. The cash flow from a successful Kickstarter facilitates the balance of all that we need.
TIMELINE: Based on a successful Kickstarter, funds would be received in the latter part of May. Finalized aesthetic designs would be completed in early June (we're almost there already). Tooling, procurement of materials (from fabrics to circuit boards) would also happen in June. Assembly necessary for the factory test run would take place in early July, to be received in the United States later in July. Packaging will be produced in August. Full production will take place early in August, to be received in the U.S. in early September, easily allowing for first Rewards to be shipped and received by October. If, after the test run is completed, a tweak is required and implemented, we will still meet the delivery guidelines. The second, larger run would take place as we fulfill first Rewards, allowing those to be available for delivery so as to be received before Christmas, 2018.
USE OF PROCEEDS:See pie chart. Design and Comfort includes consultancies. Materials & Components combined with Assembly constitute production. Rewards: Fulfillment includes all Rewards-related costs other than production. The miscellaneous component of Testing, User Guides, & Misc. includes basic digital marketing and website design.
We came to Kickstarter for three reasons: INDEPENDENCE, ACCESSIBILITY, and COMMUNITY.
INDEPENDENCE - we want to stay true to our vision for ZEEZ. For all of us at ZEEZ, it's personal
ACCESSIBILITY - we wanted to make ZEEZ easy to understand, easy to use - and most important - affordable ... everyone should be able to afford to improve their Quality of Sleep.
COMMUNITY - we want to engage and we want to interact. What better place for us than Kickstarter?
If you've got questions, we've got answers! We are pleased to engage and respond. At the top of the page on the left there is a small round ZEEZ logo - click that, then click CONTACT ME to send a message.
ZEEZ is an assembled product requiring tooling and labor. It is physical. By nature products like this are more difficult to predict - missteps can often produce delays.
The most challenging parts of our process - engineering, production - have been tested and those tests meet our satisfaction.
For the ZEEZ team, this is not our first rodeo. We hail from a host of businesses that involved bringing products to market that have heavily and successfully relied on due diligence. We are trained to expect the unexpected, but we will be quick to adjust if need be. Certain things are outside our full control such as customs clearance, and although we have regulated the demand for the Early Bird product, excessive demand for the December deliveries could cause delays for some of the units.
Our consultants, and management team are largely in place along with our most important strategic contractual alliances.
We feel confident in stating with certainty that if this Kickstarter is funded, ZEEZ and all rewards will be delivered, and delivered on time.
You are officially inducted in our ZEEZ Wall of Fame (a special page on our website) where you shall forever honorably remain. That's not all - you also receive ZEEZ Price Protection for life - covering current and future products, where you always receive the best "available" price.
You receive the Wall of Fame and Price Protection from the $10 level above PLUS a one-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ newsletter (transmitted digitally by link), which covers breaking news, human interest, advances, and other notable developments in the sleep technology field.
You snoozed and missed the Super Eary Bird? No biggie. You receive ZEEZ at its SECOND BEST-ever price. (Over 35% off the est. $125 retail.) You will also receive your ZEEZ at the earliest available date. You also receive the Wall of Fame, Price Protection for Life, and the 1-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ Newsletter.
You receive ZEEZ at a discounted price. (Over 20% off the est. $125 retail.) You will also receive your ZEEZ at the earliest available date. You also receive the Wall of Fame, Price Protection for Life, and the 1-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ Newsletter.
You receive ZEEZ at a discounted price. (Over 20% off the est. $125 retail.) You will also receive your ZEEZ at the second earliest available date, and still before Xmas 2018. You also receive the Wall of Fame, Price Protection for Life, and the 1-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ Newsletter.
Same as the $69 Reward, but double. You receive two ZEEZ smart masks at its BEST-ever price. (45% off the est. $125 retail.) You are an innovator, an early adopter, a trendsetter, a darn "smart" shopper, you will sleep easier for it, and the person to whom you give the second ZEEZ mask will love you for it. You will also receive your ZEEZ order at the earliest available date. You also receive the Wall of Fame, Price Protection for Life, and the 1-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ Newsletter
Same as the $79 Reward, but double. You receive two ZEEZ smart masks at its SECOND-BEST-ever price. (Over 35% off the est. $125 retail.) You are an innovator, an early adopter, a trendsetter, a darn "smart" shopper, you will sleep easier for it, and the person to whom you give the second ZEEZ mask will love you for it. You will also receive your ZEEZ order at the earliest available date. You also receive the Wall of Fame, Price Protection for Life, and the 1-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ Newsletter
You receive five ZEEZ smart masks at an average of $79 (over 35% off the est. $125 retail.) You will make four people besides yourself very happy. You will receive your ZEEZ order at the earliest available date. You also receive the Wall of Fame, Price Protection for Life, and the 1-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ Newsletter. NOTE: orders of 5 or 10 masks are not eligible for the Super Early Bird price.
You receive ten ZEEZ smart masks at an average of $75 (40% off the est. $125 retail.) You will make nine people besides yourself ecstatic. You will receive your ZEEZ order at the earliest available date. You also receive the Wall of Fame, Price Protection for Life, and the 1-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ Newsletter. NOTE: orders of 5 or 10 masks are not eligible for the Super Early Bird price.
You receive ZEEZ smart mask at its BEST-ever price. (45% off the est. $125 retail.) You are an innovator, an early adopter, a trendsetter, a darn "smart" shopper, and you will sleep easier for it. You will also receive your ZEEZ order at the earliest available date. You also receive the Wall of Fame, Price Protection for Life, and the 1-year subscription to the monthly ZEEZ Newsletter