About this project
The Purple® Pillow: The World’s First No-Pressure Head Bed
Most pillows are made from garbage.
Lumpy foam, stabby feathers, and melty memory foam. None of it actually considers the needs of your head.
That’s why we’re bringing you the Purple® Pillow, the world’s first pillow that’s more like a bed for your head!
How Does It Work?
The Purple® Pillow is made of three parts:
- Purple’s patented Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ (the stretchy purple stuff) is organized in hundreds of little triangles. Unlike most pillows that might go flat and lose shape, the triangles give the core of the pillow lateral strength so it retains its oh-so supportive, head-cradling comfort all night. You never have to readjust or fluff, and your head doesn’t sink or shift. SCIENCE!
- Purple includes an adjustable air booster if you want to add a little extra height to your pillow. This is great for side sleepers and snorers, making the Purple® Pillow perfect for just about anyone.
- The Purple® Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ and air booster fit perfectly inside a super soft cover. The cover is made from polyester to make it gentle on your face, breathable so you don't sleep hot, and stretchy so your head can sink into the squishy Purple goodness.
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Who Needs a Purple® Pillow?
Anyone who sleeps or has a head.
The traditional idea of a “pillow” isn’t working. They’re lumpy, flat, hot, and lack proper neck support.
We didn’t treat the pillow like an accessory to your mattress, but as a mattress in and of itself—a bed for your head.
The head has its own set of needs:
- Your 8-10 pounds of precious cargo need to be supported and comfortable
- Your shoulder needs some strain relief
- Your neck needs gentle, yet firm support
- You need breathability so your head stays cool all night
- You need a pillow that keeps its shape so you aren’t waking up and readjusting
We reimagined the “pillow” as a “head bed” and used the same revolutionary material that has worked so well for so many people in our Purple® Bed to create it.
What’s the Purple® Bed?
The Purple® Bed is the first product we launched on Kickstarter exactly one year ago. The response to our launch has been so overwhelmingly positive, and the warm welcome we received on Kickstarter encouraged us to come back with our new, game-changing product.
The mattress is made with a layer of Hyper-Elastic Polymer™—a super stretchy, super durable, non-toxic, food-grade material that we invented to give people the perfect balance of support and comfort they need in a mattress.
The Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ is arranged in a grid system we call the Smart Comfort Grid™. This grid system creates small columns all over the mattress that help support your body while allowing your pressure points to relax into the mattress.
This is all wrapped in a super stretchy and soft cover to make the perfect mattress. And now we have the perfect pillow to match!
Revolutionary Technology & Design, You Say?
Unlike most pillows, our Purple® Pillow isn’t a bunch of old, ineffective materials smashed together in an uncomfortable, lumpy rectangle. Instead, we took the game-changing material in our mattress, Hyper-Elastic Polymer™, and optimized it for your head.
The pillow is 24" long, 16" wide, and about 3" tall without the booster. The optional air booster adds up to two extra inches of height.
Warning: This pillow is not for pillow fights! It weighs about 10 pounds, and that’s a good thing because weight equals quality. Purple is heavy because we use the highest quality materials to make our ultimate comfort technology.
Purple believes all sleepers deserve a great night’s sleep, so we wanted to make the Purple® Pillow customizable. That’s why we included an air booster that can be inflated to raise the pillow to your desired height.
This is great for side sleepers or snorers who need a little extra boost (see what we did there?) when they sleep. No matter how you sleep, your neck should always be in beautiful alignment with the Purple® Pillow!
The material on the outside of the pillow (or head bed, as we like to call it) is super soft and comfortable. It is made from polyester. This fabric makes your pillow ultra-touchable and super stretchy, so your face feels like it’s being hugged by a panda bear while your head comfortably relaxes into a pool of Purple awesome.
Purple vs. Other Pillows
What’s In It For Me?
What Are Other People Saying About Purple?
"Purple is one of the most unique mattresses I have tested to date. A combination of a Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ and two layers of polyurethane foam come together for a feel unlike any other. There are great levels of support, comfort, bounce, and exceptional cooling. Purple does a nice job of relieving pressure points in addition to minimizing motion transfer across the mattress." - Sleepopolis Review, 4.7 Stars
Step one in our mission to bring comfort to everyone in the world was the Purple® Bed. We were blown away by the incredible support we got from the Kickstarter community and for the mattress after our campaign ended. Clearly, we are addressing a problem millions of people are experiencing every day: bad, uncomfortable sleep that affects their health, productivity, and happiness.
With the Purple® Pillow, we begin step two. We are calling on our community of innovators on Kickstarter to help us launch this new, unique product. We can’t do this without your support, and that’s why we’ve come back to Kickstarter, to share the next step in our comfort mission with you first.
History of Purple
In 1989, two brothers, engineers Tony and Terry Pearce, partnered to change the world.
Tony’s 13 years of experience in advanced aerospace materials, and Terry’s 20 years of experience in manufacturing, design, and project management, led to a partnership creating high-tech carbon fiber sporting goods and wheelchairs.
The Pearce brothers created technology that was used in products by Nike, Johnson & Johnson, and Hill-Rom. But, eventually, the Pearces set out to create a technology that could revolutionize cushioning at a much lower cost. Purple began to evolve through a series of discoveries and product developments. The first breakthrough came in 1996, when the Pearces invented Hyper-Elastic Polymer™.
This amazingly soft, yet strong material could stretch 15 times its resting size, was uber-durable, and never took a body impression. The key discovery came when Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ was molded in a shape that could “relax” under pressure points, redistributing the pressure to other areas. The same feature turned out to give amazing back support in mattresses.
Three years ago, the Pearces set out to combine all their knowledge of cushioning into the world’s best mattress. The Pearce brothers use custom designed and built machinery to make Hyper-Elastic Polymer™ in the USA at production rates that allowed them to significantly cut the cost of this miracle material to consumers.
The Purple® Bed was born! And just as the Pearce brothers dreamed it would be, it is better than any $4000 mattress and costs significantly less. That was the goal, and Purple achieved it!
Why Purple? Well, why not? It is an awesome color, and it signifies treating everyone like royalty. The Pearces have spent most of their high-tech careers advancing the world of cushioning. With the Purple® Bed, and now Purple® Pillow, they have put all they’ve learned into the world’s greatest sleep products, and they figured out how to do it so everyone can afford it.
Risks and challenges
Every Kickstarter endeavor has its risks and challenges—you just don’t have many with us!
Production has already started. We’ve built the molds and machinery for our initial launch, and a portion of the money we raise here will go to fund the production of more molds and machinery so we can continue making Purple in the USA at our Alpine, Utah factory.
Production time will be our biggest challenge, as we do make all of the Purple for all of our products at our factory. However, we are guaranteeing the first 1,000 will be delivered by Christmas! Another portion of our funding will be used to grow our Purple team to meet production demands.
Another challenge might be working with our product partners to get certain international components to the factory in time to hit delivery deadlines. However, we’ve worked hard over the last several months to build up these relationships and plan accordingly. We expect to hit all of our delivery deadlines with the launch of the Purple® Pillow.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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