TPN live interview with Aurai and Co-Founder Eric.
TPN host's feedbacks on Aurai trial.
We’re becoming more and more digitized as more of our hobbies and activities are moving online. Modern technology has us looking at screens for most hours of the day, while this is amazing and is a favorite pastime for most of us, it takes a toll on eyes.
Existing technologies are based on either cumbersome towel/gel based cold warm compress or air pressure and heat that can dry the eyes, thus increasing the eye strain caused by the modern screen saturated life style.
According to the 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report by the Vision Council, almost 9 out of 10 Americans use digital devices for two or more hours each day. While nearly 60% of Americans use digital devices for five or more hours daily, 70% of people use two or more devices simultaneously.
Digital eye strain usually brings us with conditions of dry, irritated eyes, blurry vision and neck and back pain. It’s not a surprise to start experiencing this comfort after spending two or more hours staring at a digital screen, or more realistically, multiple screens. In fact, on average, 3 out of 4 people who use two or more devices at a time report experiencing the conditions of digital eye strain.
When you are preoccupied with screens, your eyes would blink less often which likely develops conditions as redness or burning; and difficulty reading because of discomfort. In such situation, try the cool compress method to relieve the “heat” around your eyes.
Cool compress helps to regulate the blood circulation around your eyes and relieve the strains in your eyes. It is also ideal to apply cool compress to alleviate the conditions associated with inflammation as puffy eyes, dark circles, ocular itching and watery eyes from allergies by slowing metabolic rate and reducing swelling around the eyes.
The warm compress helps stimulate the oil glands and help prevent clotting of oil. This helps retard the evaporation of tears and also improve blood circulation which in turn helps to relax the eyes. It would be difficult to fall asleep when your eyes are strained. At this time, apply warm compress on your eye lids to relieve your eye strains. It would help you to rest better.
The warm compress dilates the blood vessels, while the cool compress contracts them. This creates a toothpaste-tube-like action, promoting the pushing of the blood along through the area you’re applying with warm/cool compresses. As the blood flow to the eyes is encouraged, it brings nourishing oxygen and nutrients to the applied area, and carries away the waste-products that may have been stagnating there. The result is a fresher-feeling, better nourished eye area, which may help the eyes function better and more radiant skin around eyes. By the same principle that cool causes contraction and warm causes expansion, the warm-cool-method gives all the tissues in the area a gentle exercise. Just as workouts strengthen the body, this kind of micro-workout may help strengthen the area.
Aurai incorporates both cool and warm compresses with its unique Wave Massage System, Temperature Transfer System and innovative Water Bag Design which delivers soothing massage experience at consistent temperatures to optimize the foresaid benefits.
What the professional says about Aurai
Wave massage system
While other eye massagers utilize rigid vibration, Aurai uses an innovative water massage. The wave massage system utilizes water circulation and waves to massage your eyes and reduce strain without creating any uncomfortable or potentially harming vibrations.
NASA uses vibration therapy to help prevent muscle loss in astronauts. To get the benefits of whole body vibration therapy, you may stand, sit, or lay on a machine.
Research shown with the right intensity level of vibration frequency and its amplitude transmitted, it could escalate your body to a better level of healthy life. Vibration is effective way to stimulate and produce rapid contractions on your muscles. The result shows when your body undertakes the adequate amount of vibration, it will lead to the improvement on your blood circulation, boosting metabolism, increasing the muscle mass or even alleviates the stress.
We use water to demonstrate the ripple effect of vibration (Warning: Please do not put Aurai in the water.)
Integrate the vibration into Aurai
Aurai contains two vibrators on the rear of water circuit by using PCBA to control the vibration frequency and strength. The vibration is then transferred by the water medium, which will utilize the water circulation.
You will feel the water circulation, which will provide you the soft and watering vibration around your eyes to achieve deep relaxation.
Temperature transfer system
One of the most important elements of reducing eyestrain is utilizing temperature, while cold and hot compresses give extreme and uncontrolled temperatures and erratic results, our water bag design combined with our temperature transfer system creates consistent temperatures with projected results to either hot, cold, or hot/cold treatment courses. Our innovative system heats or cools the water before flowing it trough the water bag and allows for a temperature change in 2 minutes.
Water bag design
The innovation in Aurai’s solution comes down to one of the most basic elements of life— water.
After conducting through market research we realized a huge problem with current eye massagers is the rigid design that rarely fits comfortable on the user’s eyes, thus increasing the problem it is meant to solve.
Our water bag design, created from hypo allergenic silicone, includes a face mask that instantly molds to any face shape, creating the most soothing solution possible.
"I look forward to using it everyday, maybe more than once a day.”
"I very much like the approach of the cooling and relaxing, someway the eyes feel like being reinforced.”
"It’s nice and warm. It feels like a moist being applied on your eyes.”
Aurai is an ideal product for people suffering from side effects of modern life’s screen saturated culture, including migraines, dry or irritated eyes and any other types of screen induced eye strain.
Aurai can help you after a long flight, a long day at work, or whenever you feel strain in your eyes, it’s the technology meant to protect any technology user from their screens.
Aurai is also an ideal companion for the active side of you. From spending a casual day out on the slopes to competing in a local triathlon, our eyes are constantly working and put under strain. Squinting into sun rays while on your morning run or swimming laps in the chlorine pool cause irritation and fatigue. Aurai is here to help relieving such discomfort.
For health conscious side of you, Aurai is your best partner to maintain the well-being of your eyes daily.
Eric, our Co-Founder, had a father-in- law who was suffering from constant eye fatigue, showing signs of eye strain, migraines, irritation and puffiness, and could not find any relief. No product currently on the market did the job.
We were determined to create a product that would be a dependable, reliable, easy, fast and effective way to make Eric’s father-in- law feel better.
Throughout our development, we looked into studies on eye strain and found that approximately one-third of adults (30%) spend more than 9 hours per day using looking at a screen and nearly 7 in 10 millennials report having symptoms of DES or “Digital Eye Strain” (The Vision Council, 2015 Digital Eye Strain Report).
We formed a team of highly knowledgeable and experienced professionals, focusing on both consumer electronics and health care product design.
Through countless brainstorms and experiments, we finally came up the design of the core control unit that steadily provides both cool and warm, thereby granting it with patent in 11 countries. We combined our design and IE capabilities to materialize this brilliant idea into real product.
We’re introducing 2 new awesome color combos for our beloved backers – Metallic Jeans and Metallic Rose. We hope you love them as much as we do. They will be available once we reach $300,000!
Each combo will comprise carefully selected matching color for front plate, controller’s tip and MORE - headband, cleaning cloth and carry pouch! They are the complete design packages to suit your personal taste and style!
It will be absolutely FREE for our backers to choose from one of the THREE impressive combos no matter you're super early birds, new Kickstarter special backers or backers pledged with multiple units.
How does it sound to you? Please continue to share this amazing project with your loved ones and friends and help us reach this next milestone so we can get one of these awesome color combos into your hands.
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The team includes fluid dynamics professionals, engineers, designers and developers across from different industries bringing simple health and consumer products to market.
Our team consists of 8 people, with an average of 10 years of experience. Together we use the areas of expertise needed to bring Aurai to life. We love what we do, and we love Aurai.
Risks and challenges
The design of Aurai is complete. All products shown on this page and in the video were built from different generations of prototypes. We’re currently ready to fabricate toolings and ramp up at our factory. We’re ready to fulfill our promise to meet the estimated delivery times.
To assimilate simplicity in every part of the user experience with Aurai, we’ve been going through a meticulous design and engineering process. Two critical elements are in place to ensure our engineering’s effectiveness and success, they are:
1) A talented team of experienced engineers and designers from industrial design, mechanical design, and program management to streamline the functionality of Aurai with sleek aesthetic features.
2) Constant testing implemented throughout the development process to ensure every bit of Aurai meets our expectations. In 2015 alone, we built 7 generations of prototypes, conducted a trial production run of alpha machines. We had a run of beta machines tested by a significant number of users. We have collected substantial amounts of data as our reference for product development.
Supply chain and logistics:
Taking Aurai to the production scale has always been one of the most critical matters to our success. We often see some Kickstarter campaigns encountering problems of turning prototypes to mass production. These issues include finding the right suppliers and engineering the components for mass production. We went through countless days and nights of discussion, trial and errors and review process which have helped us overcome these challenges. We’ve been working for months collaborating and negotiating with suppliers, testing the stability and quality of components, searching for reliable fulfillment partners and building a team to coordinate and execute all these functions seamlessly. We’re almost there, and all we need now is your support to make this happen.
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