How Wakē Works
Why Support Wakē Anyway?
Self-driving cars? Talking speakers? We've modernized just about every facet of domestic life except the way we wake up in the morning. And last time we checked, it was pretty horrible. Who likes alarm clocks? Aren't alarms for burglars and fires?
Wakē is a clean-sheet approach that demonstrates how technology should treat us in the morning. It's not another sleep tracker or gimmicky gadget - It's the start of a new wave of smart home devices designed for the bedroom.
Wakē looks (and works) like a small reading light positioned above your headboard, but it's actually jammed with advanced electronics and capable of doing some impressive things.
Sleep More, Wakē Better
Wakē uses a LED and special ("parametric") speaker to focus sound on one person in bed without disturbing your nearby partner. Melodies played through the speaker start quietly and grow louder as Wakē's light beam grows brighter on your face. Since these effects are aimed solely at you, your wake-up can progress in a slow and natural way. The result is similar to waking up naturally on a weekend while a sunrise streams through your window.
The team developed Wakē's technology over the course of several years, and though loads of prototypes. The process wasn't easy or quick, but we finally got it nailed. Now we proudly can proclaim that our patented technology is the first ever to provide targeted light & sound to one person at a time. Check out the graphic below for an idea of what's inside:
As mentioned, Wakē uses a parametric speaker to focus sound to one person in bed rather than spreading sound everywhere. Parametric speakers use the wizardry of multiple ultrasonic waves that combine to create an audible signal focused in a tight beam. We're not making this up! Google "Parametric Speaker" if you don't believe us. While this type of speaker isn't great for music, it's absolutely perfect to play simple melodies to wake you.
Neat trick, huh? But Wakē does a lot more. Thanks to the hardware and software inside, Wakē has quite an impressive repertoire of tricks. Check out the ones ready to ship with our current version of Wakē, below... but know our drawing board is chock-full of innovative features just waiting for future software updates.
Packed with Features
Privacy Guaranteed (Like Really)
Keen on improving your wake up experience, but suspicious of tech near your bed? Wakē uses just a simple temperature sensor to find where people are in bed. There are no microphones, cameras or anything else inside Wakē that could violate your privacy. Seriously.
Mood Speaker & Mood Beats
While directional light and sound is cool, there's still a role for traditional speakers & LED lighting inside Wakē. Multi-color programmable Mood Lights positioned on the back of Wakē can "up-light" your bedroom wall. The soft glow is designed to help you avoid brighter bedroom lighting in the evening, which can disrupt your circadian rhythm. You can also program the Mood Lights to act as a night-light if you feel like it.
Wait, there's more! An omni-directional Mood Speaker enables Wakē's Mood Beats feature. Use the Wakē app to program any number of "everywhere sounds" like white noise, nature effects, or other calming tracks. You can program these sounds to mask background noise to help ease your transition to sleep.
Keeping Cool in the Cloud
Wakē's WiFi enabled processor connects through your home WiFi network to secure cloud-servers. Your alarm configurations are stored there securely, so if your phone dies, you've got nothing to worry about. We made Wakē a connected device so we could roll out new firmware updates & features and allow you to edit your alarm from anywhere, anytime. As always, we guard your privacy fiercely and do not collect or distribute personal information. Oh yeah, Wakē will still wake you up if your WiFi goes down.
The Wakē App (Works for iOS & Android)
Wakē has its own app that we designed to work like a regular alarm clock app. It will walk you through the WiFi pairing process and show you how to install the unit. Just tell Wakē which side of the bed you sleep on, and how you want to be woken up. You can set your preference for light intensity, sound volume, wake-up melody... not to mention, full control over the Mood Light & Mood Speaker.
Quick & Easy Installation (We Swear!)
It's a proven fact that nobody likes installing or assembling anything they've bought. We made Wakē so it installs easily in about a minute with a screwdriver. Just attach the mounting bracket to your wall or behind your headboard, then slide in the product. As soon as you plug the USB/power cable in to your wall outlet - you're off to the races! Wakē's mounting bracket is also compatible with double-sided tape like 3M Command Strips (not provided).
Wakē is Ready to Wake Up the World!
Wakē v2 isn’t just a 3D-printed lump of plastic. Wakē's hardware, firmware, and iOS/Android apps all work now. In fact, we use our Wakē prototypes in our own bedrooms to wake up every day, continually fine-tuning the user experience. Wakē's plastic parts are ready for injection molding, and we've been working with our circuit board supplier for nearly three years! With a helping hand from your pledge, we'll begin stamping out production units ASAP. As a backer of the campaign, you'll receive regular email updates (good or bad) that keep comin' until you're waking up with your Wakē.
Seriously, Wakē is Really Ready
Some folks have "sort-of" working prototypes. Not us. Lucera Labs has been using and improving production-ready Wakē prototypes & apps for nearly a year. Check out the video below made by our cloud developer Greg.
Check These Specs!
- Weight: ~12 oz.
- Size: ~3.2 x 3.2 x 3.2" (Head) + 6.9" (Flexible Gooseneck)
- LED Brightness/Lux/Color Temp: 56.8 Lux (@ 3 feet), 2700K
- Mounting: Wakē must be mounted to a surface ~24"-36" above the mattress and can reach mattresses up to 6" from where it's mounted.
- Want More? Message us and we'll be happy to answer specific tech questions.
The Lucera Labs Team
Our team of engineers, computer programmers, and mechanical designers are all friends working together in the aerospace industry, first in Los Angeles, and now internationally. We're accustomed to technical complexity, project management, and demanding high standards. Here's a better look at the folks behind Wakē:
Why We Need Your (not just emotional) Support
In order to bring Wakē v2 to the world, we need to acquire some expensive injection mold tooling and buy large batches of parts at affordable prices. We’ve done the grind work of development; now only you have the power to back this campaign and bring Wakē v2 to production.
Product Timeline & Post-Delivery Support
Having done the pre-production development BEFORE launching this campaign, we'll be able to accelerate our production schedule. Oh yeah - we'll also stick around to provide free technical support after delivery (to include free repairs in case of breakage).
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Risks and challenges
Wakē v2 is technologically mature and already designed for production. That means there are no significant tasks or barriers remaining. However, when working with new suppliers or creating injection mold tooling, delays are always possible. We pledge to maintain regular communication (complete with photos) with all backers on the entire production and shipping process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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