About this project
Welcome to Responsive TV Backlighting! We at DreamScreen are going to change the way the world watches television through LED lighting technology.
DreamScreen creates an immersive home theater experience using color LED lighting. 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. The effect is incredible, it enlarges your television, softens the picture and makes your favorite tv, games and movies bigger and better.
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, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Xfinity, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, Satelite, Media players like AppleTV, ChromeCast, Amazon Fire, Roku. Slingbox, Nexus Player, Wii, DVD or Bluray Player, and gaming consoles like PlayStationadn Xbox can be used with DeramScreen. Simply plug in the DreamScreen HDMI stick, connect your lights and start the show!
The DreamScreen HDMI stick below connects to LED light sticks that are placed behind your television. Everything you need to enjoy this product comes standard and all Rewards give Backers the option of any size selection.
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.
Watch our Kickstarter project video and see for yourself how many ways there are to enjoy a DreamScreen!
Control everything on a DreamScreen with the DreamScreen App, available free at Google Play and iTunes store!
DreamScreen isn't just a responsive lighting system for what you're watching, we also include a Music Mode (Audio Visualizer) and Ambient Lighting Mode to enhance your home or venue.
The LED lights react to the colors you are watching! 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!
Connect your DreamScreen to music and watch the responsive lighting dance to your favorite beats using an Audio Visualizer! 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 of the music controls the amplitude. This allows for a stunning audio visualization effect when using your television to play music from an HDMI source. DreamScreen works with the stereo audio data on HDMI. The lights on the left side respond to the left channel audio and the right side respond to the right channel audio.
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 Bluetooth. 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.
No matter what mode you enjoy, DreamScreen will enhance your TV and offer a unique immersive experience in your home or venue. Turn the lights on to the new wave of technology that it coming to your home theater.
DreamScreen(TM) LED Strips are offered in three different sizes. For the KickStarter purchase, you can choose the DreamScreen size that fits your TV in any of our rewards. Your crowd-funding will support the television size you choose.
What sets us apart from others who have ventured into the world of television backlighting?
Unlike other systems DreamScreen requires NO Computer, NO Software, NO Updates and is entirely programmed inside an HDMI stick. It is also responsive to the content on the screen at 60 Frames Per Second making this the ideal product for responsive ambient back lighting in your home or venue!
Our DreamScreen can run with ANY HDMI TV: All Cable setups, Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Xfinity, Dish Network, Verizon FiOS, AppleTV, ChromeCast, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Fire, Roku. Slingbox, Nexus Player, Wii, DVD or Bluray Player, etc., simply plug in our DreamScreen HDMI stick, connect your lights and start the show!
DreamScreen comes in three different sizes: Classic - 32” to 45’’, Mega - 45’’ to 65’', Xtreme - 65’’ to 80’’. You can choose whichever size DreamScreen fits your TV in any of our rewards! Basically - the bigger the TV the more lights!!!
Enjoy full control of your DreamScreen(s) with the App via Bluetooth.
Easily toggle through Modes, Adjust Brightness, Zone Control, plus many Advanced Settings.
In addition to control via Bluetooth, the DreamScreen stick can also be used to control lighting, if your phone or tablet isn't handy!
Two months ago the DreamScreen team sent out over 100 units to test engineers, product specialists, home theater enthusiasts and avid gamers. The response has been incredible, see below what people are saying about DreamScreen:
"DreamScreen is such an amazing product! It was so easy to set up and install and the mobile app is very user-friendly as well. It really does make the TV screen bigger and more fun to watch. We will never watch TV or movies without it again!"
- Brie McInerney, Director of User Experience, Promet Source
"This is an excellent HDMI LED Backlighting System!"
- Ash Tailor, Cinematographer / YouTube Content Creator
"DreamScreen magically enhances your television's visual experience by decreasing higher order aberrations and reducing eye strain at night while simultaneously making your back wall an extension of your viewing experience. Simply watch your favorite movie with DreamScreen on and in the middle of the movie, cut it off... Your family and friends will demand, for their visual pleasure, dreamscreen be turned back on! My parents with cataracts even demand it!"
- Dr. Brent Brown, Atlanta-based Optometrist preforming Digital Eye Strain Study via TV backlighting
"DreamScreen is THE BEST TV enhancement product I've bought! Love the simplicity of the DreamScreen LEDs, they gave my 6yr old TV a new and modern makeover with lights that react to the colors or sounds on the TV."
- Gagan Luthra, Product Marketing Mgr., Cypress Semiconductors
"I am a huge fan of this and have been waiting for something like this to come to market for 2-3 years now!"
- Frank Passalacqua, You Tube Tech Reviewer
"I watch EVERYTHING on DreamScreen now and it has changed my entire home theater setup. I really love having people over to the house when the Music Mode is on, creates a great party scene."
- Adam Williams, Design Review, EdgeCast Media
"DreamScreen has reinvented my TV viewing experience! I love how customizable it is through the App and with one tap on the screen I can change the input from video, to audio, to any specific color I want. I even leave it on when I turn the TV off. Fair warning, once you have DreamScreen, watching TV without it is like regressing to black and white, still enjoyable, but you know what you’re missing out on, and it’s just not the same."
- Rachel Haber, Director, Afligo
"The DreamScreen is an absolute hit for myself and my family, as it adds an element of elegance to my living room that it was previously lacking. I look forward to cozying up at night to enjoy a nice show or a sports game, when the effect is the most vivid. And believe it or not, one of my favorite features is the effect it leaves on my TV when it is off, as the perimeter ambient glow around the tv makes the entire wall look like a fancy movie theater."
- The Akbasli Family, South Florida
"I have been lucky enough to already test this product and can't imagine using my TV without it now!! Whenever I have guests over it is definitely a conversation piece. :-). Here are some videos of my setup. I have a 50" 4K TV."
- Nick Rodriguez, SEM Analyst, Elite SEM
We have personally funded this project until this point and have had raving success with our prototypes and soft launch units. We have completed design of electronics and firmware. Tooling is complete for high volume manufacturing and the apps are available now for download. We are utilizing the power of crowd funding via the Kickstarter community to fund a volume order of the product so we can bring this technology and features to you at an attractive price-point.
So far we have over 100 units that we have distributed to gain consumer experience and feedback, but we need assistance from you to reach the next volume manufacturing milestone. Help us get the word out to other television enthusiasts, techies, gamers, movie buffs and more by sharing our cause!
Thanks again for helping make our dream come true!
Our engineering team designed the DreamScreen Stick 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!
DreamScreen(TM) interfaces with standard 1080p, 1080i, 720p and 720i HDMI resolutions.It supports content at 60Hz, 50Hz. 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 is HDMI 1.4 capable and works with HDCP-encrypted content.
An HDMI splitter is used to provide the source signal to both television and DreamScreen. Any off-the-shelf HDMI splitter can be used to provide content to DreamScreen. Don’t worry our standard package includes your very own HDMI splitter. It incorporates an HDCP repeater that ensures that high-resolution HDCP content is available to television and DreamScreen.
Each of the DreamScreen LEDs contains a driver chip that allows for it to be controlled to 16 million colors. A high-speed communication from the stick passes through all the LEDs bringing high resolution and fast response to your television backlighting. The LED Strips have been custom designed for use in this application and are coated with a polyurethane coating to make them dust and moisture proof while keeping them flexible for installation.
Three different sizes of DreamScreen are offered and each works for a range of television sizes. The flexible LED strips are easy to route around a television even when it is wall mounted. The wires connecting the strips are at right angles so that they do not stick up causing shadows.
Each model is designed to stretch between a range of television sizes.
The LED strips placed on the back of your television are designed to be repositionable during installation. Easily adjust to properly fit your screen and enjoy a truly responsive home theater experience. The adhesive used is a 3M 300LSE that allows for excellent adhesion of the LED strips to your television. The adhesive features a built in polyester film liner that resists breakage during removal or repositioning. The adhesive strip also features a small tab for easy removal of the protective liner and application.
60Hz Update Speed
DreamScreen reads the HDMI frame 60 times a second (typical frame rate of a HDMI stream). The content is analyzed, the backlighting content is calculated and the LEDs are updated at 60 times a second. This allows for rapid response when DreamScreen is used to dynamically enhance the content. As the color processing does not use an attached computer, the dedicated product produces the vivid backlighting without any delays. Call of Duty or your favorite Bruce Willis movie will never be the same!
DreamScreen incorporates a Bluetooth Low Energy device to allow it to be controlled via a smartphone or tablet. The wireless link allows switching modes, changing brightness and other settings.
Wide Screen Format Detection
Movies are often available in a widescreen letter boxing format. DreamScreen automatically identifies black spaces in the video stream on the top and bottom of the screen and uses color content below black spaces for LED light illumination. The detection is automatic. DreamScreen switches back to normal mode as soon as non-widescreen format is detected on the HDMI stream.
Most HDMI televisions have 1920 x 1080 pixels. 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.
DreamScreen allows users to select between four brightness settings that are based on an array of ambient lighting. The brightness settings can be applied to video, music and ambient mode.
Each DreamScreen ships with enough light strips to line up the complete periphery of your television. However, the DreamScreen App and/or stick allows you to select which zone is activated. You can light up the top, the sides, or the whole TV.
Low Standby Power
DreamScreen places all backlighting and HDMI components on a low power standby state when HDMI stream is not detected (i.e. when cable box, ChromeCast or gaming console is turned off) or when Standby/Sleep mode is enables on the App. In other words, in Video or Music Mode, turning off your HDMI source will turn off all the lights behind your television.
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Risks and challenges
DreamScreen has been designed, tested and the required certifications and licensing are in place. We have also COMPLETED THE TOOLING PROCESS for the different components that go into making DreamScreen.
With a 100 units already built and tested across various television sizes and HDMI sources, along with the App available now on both iTunes & GooglePlay, we WILL deliver this product to you! We have everything in motion to provide this product in record timing, so please BACK this project and support us.
Testing: We have been diligently testing and troubleshoot any firmware or software issue. So far, testing has assisted in improving the dynamic responses from the LEDs.
Supply Chain: About a hundred different components go into making DreamScreen and we will continually ensure each piece is produced to the highest quality. While we have built a number of units before the Kickstarter campaign was launched, we need to ensure that vendors through the supply chain are available to provide us with all components and raw material to build DreamScreen in volumes. We have been working tirelessly to ensure that every piece of our product meets our rigorous testing and standards.
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Yes. We are developing the app at this time and will support both Mobile and RT. The app will be made available in store before the first backers receive their DreamScreen in April. The app wil be available in devices with BLE and will be similar to the Android and iOS apps available for download now.
The power supply used with DreamScreen Stick is 100-240 V 50/60Hz.
The Splitter's power supply is optional as most HDMI sources provide 5V. However, we have included a USB supply that is 100-240V 50/60Hz.
Region Specific Power Supplies will be provided with each DreamScreen. The region will be selected per shipping location and can be modified before shipping by direct message to us.
DreamScreen is fully HDCP compliant. This is addressed in two ways: The splitter has a integrated HDCP Repeater Engine that is compliant with HDCP 1.4 specifications. The DreamScreen stick uses an HDMI Receiver chip made by Analog Devices. It is HDMI 1.4a compliant, licensed and has built-in HDCP keys. In other words, DreamScreen works directly with HDCP content and the splitter does not strip the encryption.
At the end of the campaign, our team is going to request the size of DreamScreen that will work best for you along with the shipping details. The size of DreamScreen will be based on the size of your TV and these details are on the main campaign page under "Television Size". For the Kickstarter campaign, we are offering any of the sizes at the same reward price.
DreamScreen has three sizes for three different size ranges of TV. For the Kickstarter campaign, either of these sizes can be selected for any of the rewards.
DreamScreen Stick out of the box will default to the size you purchased. You can use the app to change this. This may allow you to turn off the strips that were not used. (For Example ... If Xtreme is been applied to TV sizes meant for Mega)
We however, recommend that you get the size that is suited best for your TV for these reasons:
1) The adhesive used 3M 300LSE is repositionable for a few hours, but removal after a few days will make the adhesive weaker. It will not leave any residue on your TV, but it is not meant for reuse.
2) The LED strips are hard-wired to each other. You will need to find a place to tuck away the unused LED strips behind the TV.
3) Each DreamScreen Stick comes programmed to default to the size it shipped with. It is adjustable via App, but may cause some confusion during install.
4) DreamScreen will offer LED Strips for purchase on the website when the product is launched to public.
What is the latency of DreamScreen and the Splitter? Will there be a delay for activitities like gaming?
The splitter does not have any type of frame latency. It does not have memory to hold or process a frame. It handshakes the HDMI and HDCP details and syncs up the frame markers in real time. DreamScreen Stick has a very little processing delay as the microcontroller onboard is dedicated for this function. It sends out the frame data to the LEDs (at 60 frames per second) before next frame shows on the screen.
The splitter shipping with DreamScreen has one input and two outputs - one for splitter and another for DreamScreen Stick. There are many ways of connecting multiple sources to DreamScreen.
1) A splitter like http://amzn.to/1nwvGx2 or http://amzn.to/1U6MJAf can be used to consolidate multiple HDMI inputs to one output to splitter. The ones listed here have been tested with DreamScreen and they are CEC compatible.
2) Alternately, an HDMI matrix such as http://amzn.to/1OEbS1s can be used to bring in multiple inputs and provide a direct output to TV and one to DreamScreen stick. In such a setup, the provided splitter is not used.
Music mode will work perfectly without your TV being on. As long as the HDMI source is on, it will broadcast content even when TV is off. We shot a few segments of the main campaign mode video this way.
Multiple users cannot connect to the DreamScreen (via Bluetooth) at the same time. The BLE connects only with one host. The Host App however terminates Bluetooth connection immediately after the app looses focus (even if the app is not closed).
DreamScreen does not work with HDMI 2 or HDCP 2.2. It is designed for HDMI 1.4. If using a device with HDMI 2 port, you can either switch operation to 1080P or 720P. Most video/game consoles have display settings that can allow for output resolution.
Our goal is to get DreamScreen in your hands with zero customs and VAT. For Kickstarter backers, we will be shipping from USA and the product will be at a lower value than the pledge amount.
http://www.dutycalculator.com/ is a great resource to calculate customs and we will use it while shipping.
If there are countries with high custom irrespective of how we ship it, we will reach out to the backer about it with several options. We want to ensure that there are no surprises.
We have shipped Beta DreamScreens to several EU and Asian countries without any customs so far.
The television should not have a problem whether wall mounted or not and we recommend that they are mounted so that the LEDs are 3 to 12" from the wall. Based on our experience a distance of 6 to 10" is the best.
We have had early tests performed on different settings and in one case we had it on a corner as well.
We provided some references below:
In the main campaign video (@0.06), you will see a TV on a stand. That is a 60" television with a Mega size install at a tester's home. The TV is about 9 inches from the wall. You see that hte light spreads all the way around.
In the campaign video (@0.13), you will see a TV wall mounted. This is a 55" television at a tester's home. This was a older and thicker TV and the LEDs were only 2-3" from the wall.
The picture on the page showing the ocean view was taken at our home. This is a 55" wall mount TV and sits on a full motion wall mount. Here the TV is about 7" from the wall.
Smart televisions have native apps like Netflix, Pandora etc. The televisions unfortunately do not route any of the video signals to a HDMI port. DreamScreen works directly from HDMI content and therefore cannot work with native Apps.
Most native apps are found in devices like Chromecast, AppleTV, Roku etc. DreamScreen will work with such devices.
If your wall is not white, a small amount of color balance correction goes a long way. DreamScreen has a feature that allows you to control the amount of Red, Green and Blue intensities so that you can dial in the color while on Video Mode. This is already implemented and is part of the Apps available for download (Under Advanced Settings).
Yes. An AV receiver or amplifier is a great way to collect multiple HDMI inputs and allow for switching to one HDMI output. The splitter is connected to output of the receiver. One output of splitter is for your TV and the other is for DreamScreen.
For instance, we used the Yamaha RX-V677 for our tests on an amplifier. We have a Roku 4, Chromecast and a DVD player hooked to the Yamaha amp. The splitter, DreamScreen and TV are connected to the other output. The amp can be now used to switch between different inputs.
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