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About this project
DreamScreen is BACK and we are thrilled to announce we have a whole line of products to enhance your home theater and gaming experience. Just like our last Kickstarter campaign, we have already completed the heavy R&D, tooling and a soft-launch to industry professionals. We are offering these products to our favorite community first at a significant discount because our Kickstarter backers have molded our products with amazing feedback and given us a global perspective on TV backlighting.
DreamScreen creates an immersive home theater experience using color LED lighting that react behind your TV. Works with any HDMI TV!
Designed to adjust to any size television and work with any HDMI source!
DreamScreen's Smart LED lights react to the color pixels on your screen at 60 f/s. The effect is incredible, it enlarges your television, softens the picture and makes your favorite tv, games and movies bigger and better.
DreamScreen's Mission: Changing the way the world watches television through LED lighting technology.
We want to thank the Kickstarter community for all the feedback from our first project that went into enhancing and improving our latest version of DreamScreen.
HD & 4K are Packed with New Features:
3 HDMI Video Inputs - Toggle through all of your favorite sources with ease
Audio Jack Input - Hook up your sound system to get the most of our 4 Audio Visualizers
Micro-USB Input - Power Detect Feature to allow background lights to sync with television power
LED Options - Classic 32'' - 45'' TVs | Mega 45'' - 65'' TVs | Xtreme 65'' - 80'' TVs | FLEX - Up to 70'' | Hook up 2 FLEXes - Up to 130''
WiFi based Android and iOS app eliminates range concerns associated with Buetooth
Easily toggle through the Different Modes: Video | Music | Ambient Lighting
Name & Group your DreamScreens, Video Sources and SideKick
Customizable Features: Saturation Control, Adjust Brightness, Zone Control & Zone Brightness Adjustment, Widescreen Detection, CEC Passthrough & Switching, Adjust Fade Rate, Minimum Luminosity, Frame Delay, ColorBoost Settings, Latency Control
Auto-Off Function Settings via Timer, CEC or USB Power Detect
The new WiFi App is LIVE on iOS & Google Play stores, we have enabled a Demo function so feel free to Download and see what we've been working on. Note this App controls all new WiFi-based DreamScreen products.
DreamScreen SideKick features high brightness LEDs that react with DreamScreen. Place these next to your TVs, computer monitors, couch or anywhere you want to enhance the lighting effect. SideKicks can be "sectored" to react to different areas of the screen. The hub sends lighting information of 12 sectors of the screen at 60fps to each SideKick in the group. Each SideKick can be setup to average colors from one or more Sectors. This way, a SideKick can be placed on the left and right of your TV or one can be placed behind your couch to bring the entire room into the context of what is on the TV screen. Use as many SideKicks as you want to create a surround lighting home theater or gaming setup!
SideKicks can also be a stand alone lighting feature. SideKicks can be grouped together without a hub allowing the app to use them in Ambient Mode.
Backlighting is derived from content on the television screen. Watch your favorite movies, TV shows or video game stretch into the background creating a one-of-a-kind home theater experience! With a processor that is three times faster, the new DreamScreen delivers a lot of new features and controls in Video Mode. Scroll down for more videos!
In Video Mode, DreamScreen analyzes the content of the HDMI screen at upto 60 fps and sends the corresponding information to the LEDs placed behind the TV. This expands the size and experience of watching television, see below for a comparison video.
Connect your DreamScreen to music and watch the responsive lighting dance to your favorite beats using any of our 4 Audio Visualizers. With the new Audio Jack feature, anyone can connect their sound system, sound bar or TV (TOSlink) to enjoy all of the effects of DreamScreen's Music Mode. DreamScreen uses digital signal processing to identify the frequencies and amplitudes in the audio stream.
The frequency or pitch of the music controls the color and the amplitude controls he intensity of the lighting. This allows for a stunning audio visualization effect when using your television to play music from an HDMI source or the audiojack. DreamScreen works with the stereo audio data from either source. The lights on the left side respond to the left channel audio and the right side respond to the right channel audio. The new hub allows choosing different visualizer styles, the color that corresponds to Bass, Middle and Treble and the strength of each band.
Set the mood in your home or venue with an array of ambient light colors. Enjoy full control over colors and brightness on the DreamScreen App via WiFi. Enjoy setting your personal ambient tone to your television. The app's color wheel allows to select from a wide range of colors easily. The zone feature on the app allows to select sides of the television that are lit.
Also enjoy any of our dynamic Ambient Scenes to bring an incredible lighting effect to your home or venue. Set a romantic mood with Fireside, get in the spirit with Holiday, or enjoy a dazzling show in Twinkle! Whatever your preference, sit back and enjoy the show.
This technology analyzes the HDMI Video (a wide range of resolutions and formats) and matches the pixel color of what you are watching to the LED lights behind your TV. At a responsive rate of 60 frames per second, DreamScreen brings a new viewing definition in home theater.
DreamScreen Uses any TV Configuration with HDMI. All Cable setups such as Comcast, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Xfinity, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, Satellite, Media players like AppleTV, ChromeCast, Amazon Fire, Roku. Slingbox, Nexus Player, Wii, DVD or Bluray Player, and gaming consoles like PlayStation and Xbox can be used with DreamScreen. Simply plug in your source to one of the HDMI inputs on DreamScreen connect your lights and start the show!
The DreamScreen hub below connects to LED light strips that are placed behind your television. Everything you need to enjoy this product comes standard and backers can choose in the rewards which size matches their TV at home.
DreamScreen's effect is incredible, it enlarges your television, softens the picture and makes TV, gaming and movies incredibly immersive. At a responsive rate of 60 frames per second, your favorite movie or game just went to the next level in home theater.
Retro-fit LEDs are designed on a range of sizes - Classic, Mega and Xtreme. The LED strips are designed to be reposition-able during installation. The unique wire design connecting the LED strips allows for easy navigation over TV stands or any rough surfaces. When a DreamScreen hub ships with the Classic, Mega or Xtreme LEDs, the size settings are factory programmed. All you have to do is Peel, Install and Enjoy.
Our backers requested a way to extend the size of DreamScreen to over 80'' - Challenge Accepted! Meet DreamScreen FLEX - with over 16 1/2 feet of LEDs included, you can now hook up ridiculously large TVs and Projector Screens and get that Awesome DreamScreen Experience! PLUS - you can add an entire extra set of LEDs for a combined total of over 30 feet (up to 130'' TVs) of awesomeness! Each Flex reel contains 150 Individually addressable LEDs that are spaced 1.3 inches from each other. The Flex reel ships with the required connectors to install to your television.
Shout out to all you Do it Yourselfers, we present, DreamScreen DIY. The DIY cord has access to GND, DATA and 5V. Each DIY cord can support 150 individually addressable LEDs. With two LED Ouptuts on each hub, connect up to 300 LEDs for your DIY experience. Each DIY kit ships with one DIY Cord.
Don't see what you're looking for? We've had several requests for custom reward options and to make this easy we created an online reward calculator. Once the calculation is done, you can pledge this amount on the DreamScreen "Shout Out" Reward.
It's awesome to hear about how some of you want to customize these Kits, so Game On! We will contact you immediately after the campaign ends to convert this into an order. Please let us know if you have any questions.
We have shipped thousands of DreamScreens across the globe and the response has been amazing! Our customers love how responsive backlighting creates an immersive and incredible way to enjoy their favorite TV, Movies and Video Games. We believe that with all of our V2 enhancements the feedback will be equally as gratifying. Below is a short compilation put together from videos posted online.
These are a hand picked selection of past testimonials from our first DreamScreen project. Please feel free to check out our reviews from our first version of DreamScreen on Facebook, eBay or Amazon.
"Just got the DreamScreen a couple days ago and installed it in my living room last night. Totally Amazing! Like fine steaks and good beer/wine you guys have ruined me and I can’t imagine not having a DreamScreen - D.B. Santee, California, USA
"GREAT & GENIUS! I installed it in just a few minutes, and it works perfect. Easy to use with the App & a great effect! Thank you and your team for this Innovation." - Michael Julich, Germany
"I received my DreamScreen, installed it and it is GLORIOUS! I love it. Thank you again for this wonderful product and great customer service." - Greg, New York, USA
"I sincerely underestimated how awesome this would be. I really don’t think any of the videos really showcase it in the same way as having it on your wall does. At this point, I don’t think I’ll ever buy a TV again without one of these going with it." - John, Bangkok, Thailand
"We enjoy the way the LED lighting enhances the viewing of the regular TV screen. At night, I leave DreamScreen on to have a low level light in the open area of the house and it gives it a nice soft glow. I especially like the choices for use at night. We have been very satisfied with this product and have recommended it to others." - Alice, Orlando, USA
"I’ve been waiting for something like this for a long long time…It comes with everything you need to get setup and the magic goes from there." - Random Frank P, YouTube Tech Reviewer, Pennsylvania, USA
Below is a short sampling of past professional reviews from our first Kickstarter DreamScreen project! We look forward to adding new professional reviews for this campaign from our soft launch HD & 4K units.
- Video Credit: Ash Taylor
- Video Credit: Sweclockers
- Video Credit: Kevin the Tech Ninja
DreamScreen's products and technology have been featured in dozens of online publications and review/forum sites. Take a look at what the world had to say about our first project, and get ready for the buzz that HD & 4K is going to create! Download a full Press Kit on our website!
Our engineering team designed the DreamScreen Hub to simply connect with any HDMI system. This universal approach to responsive TV lighting allows the entire world to enjoy this product, no matter what you're watching. NO Computers Needed! NO Software! Simply Plug and Play to turn on the awesome!
Region Specific Power Plug
AS ALWAYS: Our International buyers can enjoy peace of mind knowing they will receive a REGION-SPECIFIC Power Plug to enjoy in their home countries with all DreamScreen products.
DreamScreen HD Hub interfaces with standard 1080p, 1080i, 720p and 720i HDMI resolutions. It supports content at 60Hz, 50Hz and 24Hz. During the HDMI handshake, the television communicates directly with the source and dictates the available HDMI resolution and frame rate. DreamScreen will automatically switch to the correct frequency and resolution within a few seconds. DreamScreen HD is HDMI 1.4 capable and works with HDCP-encrypted content. DreamScreen HD will also pass through 3D content.
DreamScreen 4K Hub supports 4K2K, 1080p, 1080i, 720p and 720i HDMI resolutions. It supports frame rates of 60Hz, 50Hz and 24Hz. The hub supports HDMI 1.4b and HDMI 2.0b specification and includes HDCP ciphers that are compliant with HDCP 1.4/2.2 specification. The video passthrough will support 12-bit Deep Full HD, Full 3D and HDR. ARC functionality is not supported by the Hub.
The new DreamScreen allows for the user to manually enable/disable widescreen mode or allow it to be automatic like in the previous version.
Brightness and Saturation Settings
In addition to brightness, the hubs allow for adjustment of Red, Green and Blue channels independently. This is useful if the wall behind the television is not white in color. The SideKicks have independent brightness and color control capability to allow for a custom setup.
DreamScreen Hub is designed to not only communicate with the App, but also with other devices on the network. SideKicks are the first step towards this. With the groundwork of a protocol that can work with other devices with intuitive grouping, DreamScreen will soon engage with other types of lights, sensors and controls.
CEC Control and PassThrough
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is a feature that allows users to control devices that are connected via HDMI using only one remote control. For example, a television remote can pause and resume content from Chromecast. DreamScreen supports pass through of all CEC communications for selected source to the television and vice versa. DreamScreen monitors all plugged in sources for CEC commands. This added capability allows CEC capable devices such as Chromecast, PlayStation and other media players to automatically make DreamScreen switch active source. DreamScreen also implements Hot Plug Detect on all channels and switches automatically to the last connected source.
4K TVs have 3840x2160 pixels and HD TVs have 1920 x 1080. That’s a lot of pixels! A backlight with two or a dozen addressable channels will not show the required detail. With DreamScreen, each light source is addressable and even the smallest size (Classic) has 48 addressable points (LEDs). (Mega has 72 LEDs and Xtreme has 96 LEDs) This ensures that more detail on the screen is carried to the backlight.
The Flex LEDs have an addressable LED about every inch apart. This equates to about 150 LEDs on a 70 inch television. If you want even higher densities, third party LED strips can be used with the DIY kit for even higher brightness and resolution.
The DreamScreen ColorBoost™ function amplifies the colors on the LEDs corresponding to pixels with lower values. This allows for stunning backlighting even with content that is not very brightly lit. To ensure color accuracy, the technique uses the new and fast processor on HD and 4K hubs to convert the pixel colors to the HSB color model, apply the boost and reconvert to RGB to send them to the LEDs behind your television.
Frame Latency Control
On/Off control made Simple
DreamScreen is typically used in video mode when the TV is on and users either want the backlighting LEDs to turn off or switch to Ambient mode when the television turns off. To make this easy and automatic we have provided several options:
CEC Control - Televisions and media players with CEC control are able to change DreamScreen mode when power is pressed on remote.
USB Power Monitor - We have a solution to allow automatic power control for televisions without CEC. Almost all TVs turn off power to the USB port when they go to Standby - Simply plug your hub to USB, enable 'USB Power Detect' on the app and DreamScreen takes care of the rest.
Sleep Timer - DreamScreen Hubs allows setup of a sleep timer. The timer can either switch to Off (LEDs turned off) or to an ambient mode.
Advanced Zone Controls
DreamScreen allows control for Zone controls to turn ON/OFF LEDs on different sides of the TV. The new hubs also allow you to control the brightness of each zone independently. This can be used if the TV is angled to the wall or tilted. It can also be useful for TV sets that are located in a corner.
DreamScreen hubs can allow for music visualization either from HDMI or the new 3.5mm Audio Jack. You can use the Audio Jack to connect to the audio output of a television using TOSLink or a 3.5mm stereo audio cable. You can also connect to a phone using a 3.5mm audiojack splitter.
The hub processes the content from the audio jack in the same fashion as the HDMI audio allowing for different visualizers and customization of colors and the strength of the different spectrums.
Support for other LEDs can be added via Firmware Updates based on popular requests.
250 Individually addressable LEDs can be added via the two LED ports. The addressing of pixels in Video Mode will automatically update based on size settings. You can now use higher density LED strips if higher brightness is required.
150 LEDs can be powered directly from each LED port.
Additional DIY cables will be available for purchase on website for use with second LED port.
Backers, please make sure to have a current email with Kickstarter when you pledge for a DreamScreen. We will send out surveys to obtain your product specifications and current address via KickStarter. We are going to be shipping the products worldwide and a tracking number will be sent out to each email address. For international shipments, Custom duties and taxes may be applicable to your region as the order passes through customs. Any custom charges must be paid by the person receiving the package. In anticipation requirements for German Customs, each package headed to Germany will also include a German copy of the manual and Declaration of Conformity. As always, feel free to message The DreamScreen Team on Kickstarter if you have any questions. Thank you for backing us!
DreamScreen, LLC. All Rights Reserved 2017. DreamScreen uses third party videos and music to display content and capabilities. DreamScreen does not own or reproduce any of these materials and is intended for demonstration purposes only.
Risks and challenges
As with the last campaign, the heavy research and development is finished, the plastic tooling is completed, 4K technology has been conquered and the Apple and Android apps are available to download now. We have setup a very aggressive shipping schedule for a hardware project and we are very confident in delivering on time.
Throughout the last campaign process we had to ensure our commercial manufacturers would supply us with the highest quality product, and while we are using several of the same companies, we have vetted our new manufacturers to ensure the same level of quality and dependability. A commitment to start shipping hardware means that not just prototyping, but tooling, production and significant testing have already been completed.
Before the launch of this campaign, we sampled 100 finished units of Hubs and SideKicks. Over the past few months these have been used for extensive testing, packaging development and marketing collateral development. We also sent many DreamScreen hubs and SideKicks to third party reviewers as well and we will share their feedback with you throughout the campaign. We have taken all steps required to make sure we can ship per the aggressive schedule.