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DreamMe allows you to see the time and a lot of other information from your smartphone right on the ceiling of your sleeping room.
DreamMe allows you to see the time and a lot of other information from your smartphone right on the ceiling of your sleeping room.
DreamMe allows you to see the time and a lot of other information from your smartphone right on the ceiling of your sleeping room.
866 backers pledged €24,974 to help bring this project to life.

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DreamMe is the new companion for your smartphone at night.

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 What is DreamMe?

With the DreamMe hardware and app you keep up to date with time and other information, right on the ceiling of your sleeping room. DreamMe hardware does not require batteries or cumbersome coupling to your smartphone or tablet, as the hardware uses a special optical system to show the information from your smartphone right on the ceiling of your darkened room.

Start the app - set DreamMe onto your smartphone / tablet - stay tuned @ night!

 How it works:

While the phone is charging on the nightstand, DreamMe uses it to project parts of the display onto your room ceiling. Simply place DreamMe onto the display. The app ensures the appropriate placement and allows to choose different categories of information to be displayed. The user decides himself whether DreamMe is solely used as "projection alarm clock", or indicates your new mail messages and the weather report. The app also provides help for those who like to count sheep to fall asleep. Thus, DreamMe´s sympathic sheep even convert your smartphone to a sleeping aid.

DreamMe concept animation - due to photo camera limitations
DreamMe concept animation - due to photo camera limitations

Smartphone apps:

The app is responsible for displaying the information with increased brightness and contrast. Additionally it will mirror the information for the optical system, so the information is clearly visible on the darkened room ceiling.

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App functionality:  

  • Display the local time and date
  • Display the local weather (temperature and cloudiness) 
  • Display your own message 
  • "Sheep counting" will help you to fall asleep 
  • Alarm clock and auto on / off 
  • Display time in additional time zones (pro upgrade) 
  • Display weather in other cities (pro upgrade) 
  • Show number of unread mails (pro upgrade) 
  • Show the latest Twitter tweet (pro upgrade)

iOS and Android versions available for free in app stores (with optional pro upgrade)  

DreamMe live in action:

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Black DreamMe with white focus ring working on Android smartphone. Settings: Additional time zone "NEW YORK" - weather additional city "NEW YORK" - custom text "ON" - sheep counting "ON".

As you can imagine, it is not easy to capture the working DreamMe as the capability of current cameras is limited in darkness. We tried our best to give you an impression of how DreamMe is projecting. Please keep in mind that our eyes are X times better than a camera...

Design - from the beginning to final design:

DreamMe features a simple and stylish design. It not only fits perfectly to your nightstand, it establishes a perfect symbiosis with your smartphone - real bros & sis. Compact size and low weight make it a perfect companion on your next trip. It follows you through the night to keep you up to date.

When DreamMe and your smartphone get to know each other - this will be more than just a one night stand! :-)

The two identical parts, of which the upper one carries the optics, have the exact same contour and sit mirrored to each other, which is why in silhouette they form a shapely cylinder that keeps its symmetry even when it is unscrewed to adjust the picture sharpness. Considering its aesthetics, it is almost a pity it is being used in the dark. The base is available in two colors, black and white. In active use the colored focus ring separates the upper and lower parts with a subtle light band. The selected material not only is non-slip and extremely lightweight but also offers comfortable haptics preventing scratches.

Some more insights on the DreamMe Design:

The design was created by Uwe Spannagel TM. I know Uwe since more than 20 years and after my first on tries on the design (see pictures above) I decided that DreamMe needs something more professional. This is when I contacted Uwe. Here is some more background on:

Uwe Spannagel TM is an office for industrial design, founded in Cologne in 1995 by Uwe Spannagel after working for Henry Dreyfuss Associates in New York City and Phoenix Design in Stuttgart. 

He converts limitations into innovations. He transforms technical complexity into tranquillity and beauty. The result is an elegant, self-evident design that people want not just to use but consciously to possess.
Feel free to contact him if you are looking for a clean and elegant new design: http://uwespannagel.com/en/

Traveling with DeamMe:

DreamMe - ideal travel companion
DreamMe - ideal travel companion

Design variations:

Black or white body - monochrome or color focus ring - your choice!

 
Wherever you go - you can easily adjust the focus to the height of your room:

Easy to set focus - small for traveling - Black DreamMe with white focus ring
Easy to set focus - small for traveling - Black DreamMe with white focus ring

DreamMe size:

Estimated dimensions
Estimated dimensions
Estimated dimensions
Estimated dimensions


DreamMe optical system:

We haven´t counted the number of lenses and optics we tested - finally we decided not to pick the cheapest but the best of them all - an aspheric lens made in Germany.

The core element of DreamMe is a high quality spherical lightweight lens manufactured by a renowned optics company in Germany.

DreamMe is a purely passive system, without support of electronics. A part of the smartphone display is optically magnified and focused. DreamMe is designed for use in the bedroom and other low light environments.

Kickstarter available perks:

Those are the perks that you can contribute to at Kickstarter.

Single DreamMe perks: You will get one DreamMe in either black or white body, complete with special lens and a white focus ring included. Also includes DreamMe App for iOS or Android.

Color focus ring perks: If you prefer it more colorful you can add green or orange focus rings to your DreamMe.

3D printed prototypes - final product will have improved quality
3D printed prototypes - final product will have improved quality

 
DreamMe with colored focus ring sample:

White DreamMe with green focus ring and black DreamMe with orange focus ring.                             Mix and match as you like!
White DreamMe with green focus ring and black DreamMe with orange focus ring. Mix and match as you like!

Double DreamMe perks: You will get two DreamMe´s in either 2 x black or 2 x white body or mixed 1 x black and 1 x white body, each with special lens and a white focus ring included. Also includes DreamMe App for iOS or Android.

3D printed prototypes - final product will have improved quality
3D printed prototypes - final product will have improved quality

150% funding stretch goal: Achieved! Thank you!
Every backer will receive a DreamMe cleaning cloth for free. This is a special optics cloth to clean the DreamMe lens, and when DreamMe is not in use, you can just tug it away into your DreamMe.

200% funding stretch goal: Achieved! Thank you!:
Every backer will receive a DreamMe storing pouch for free! This is pouch made of soft cloth that is ideal when you take your DreamMe with you on the road. It will make sure that your optics stays free from any scratching.

You folks rock: 300% funding stretch goal achieved! Thank you!:As many of you told us that they do like the DreamMe sheep so much, we will upgrade the animation section with additional themes.This will come as a free app upgrade after the first release, as we do not want to put the planned timeline at risk.

 The team behind DreamMe:

Current project status:

  • The optical lens system is sourced and has been tested and used in several of our 3D printed prototypes.
  • The apps for Android and iOS are available in beta state, functionality is working fine and they just need some cosmetic finishing before the release to the app stores.
  • The manufacturer for the DreamMe body and focus ring has been sourced and selected

We now need the Kickstarter funding to get the manufacturing tools produced and the first batch run in production.

 
        

Risks and challenges

Small risk of time delay with manufacturing
We have investigated many manufacturing options and choosen the manufactures we trust the most. However producing real hardware always includes the risk of rework needed for one reason or another.
We have done our best to make sure we have provided an as accurate as possible timeline for delivery of your DreamMe, including some buffer time allowing for delays.

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FAQ

  • If you want to spice up your DreamMe with some color by adding a colored focus ring, you can just increase your perk by 4€ for each additional focus ring you want.
    When the campaign finishes we will ask you for the desired color combinations in a survey.

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  • Of course this was one of the first things we tried when testing DreamMe optics - but in order to be able to project the full display of a smartphone DreamMe would have to be larger than a football - such large optics would be more expensive than a regular projector ... :-)

    For projecting a movie also the brightness would be too low - thus DreamMe can only project the area that the DreamMe app uses.

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  • The focus can easily be varied in a wide range.
    We have tested DreamMe with good focus with a minimum distance of about 90cm (35 inch).
    On the long end a ceiling height of more than 2 meters (80 inch) should still work. Just remember that the further away the ceiling is, the bigger the projected image gets but at the same time the brightness decreases (as the light will be distributed to a larger area)

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  • As DreamMe does not have it´s own light source but uses the display of your smartphone the amount of light it projects will be depending on the display brightness of you smartphone.
    The DreamMe apps will optimize the contrast and brightness for this task automatically, but DreamMe requires a dark room to see the projected information.

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  • We currently target the iOS app to be running on iOS 7 and up. We will try to make it even more backward compatible, but can´t promise that will be possible.
    For iOS and Android version 4 or 5 is planned to be suported.

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  • The plan is to make the apps compatible and work with DreamMe on tablets as well.
    We have successfully tested the beta iOS app on an Apple iPad 3. Any iPad with iOS 7 or bigger is planned to be supported.
    We are also looking into support for Android tablets, but have not tested that yet.

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    Includes final production quality DreamMe with special lens in black color.
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    DreamMe white - KickStarter Special Price
    Includes final production quality DreamMe with special lens in white color.
    Includes white / semi-transparent focus ring and DreamMe app for Android or iOS.

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    DreamMe black - KickStarter Special Price
    Includes final production quality DreamMe with special lens in black color.
    Includes white / semi-transparent focus ring and DreamMe app for Android or iOS.

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    DreamMe white - plus additional colored focus ring of choice - KickStarter Special Price
    Includes final production quality DreamMe with special lens in white color.
    Includes white / semi-transparent focus ring and DreamMe app for Android or iOS.
    Additionally: 1 colored focus ring in your desired color (green, orange).
    We will ask for desired color when the campaign has finished.

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    DreamMe black - plus additional colored focus ring of choice - KickStarter Special Price
    Includes final production quality DreamMe with special lens in black color.
    Includes white / semi-transparent focus ring and DreamMe app for Android or iOS.
    Additionally: 1 colored focus ring in your desired color (green, orange).
    We will ask for desired color when the campaign has finished.

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    Double DreamMe black&white - Kickstarter Special Price
    Includes 1 x final DreamMe white body and 1 x final DreamMe black body, each with special lens and white / transparent focus ring, also includes DreamMe App for iOS or Android

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    Double DreamMe black&black- Kickstarter Special Price
    Includes 2 x final DreamMe black body, each with white / transparent focus ring and special lens, also includes DreamMe App for iOS or Android

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    Double DreamMe white&white- Kickstarter Special Price
    Includes 2 x final DreamMe white body, each with white / transparent focus ring and special lens, also includes DreamMe App for iOS or Android

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    Pledge €39 or more About $44

    Super Early Bird 3D printed DreamMe in white.
    As soon as the KickStarter campaign finishes we will 3D print your DreamMe.
    The body will not have the same material as the final product, but you will receive a nice and fully working version with production optics and DreamMe app for Android or iOS.

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    Pledge €39 or more About $44

    Super Early Bird 3D printed DreamMe in black.
    As soon as the KickStarter campaign finishes we will 3D print your DreamMe.
    The body will not have the same material as the final product, but you will receive a nice and fully working version with production optics and DreamMe app for Android or iOS.

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    Quadro DreamMe any colors - Kickstarter Special Price
    Includes 4 x final DreamMe, body color combinations of your choice, with special lens and white / transparent focus ring, also includes DreamMe App for iOS or Android.
    Additionally includes 2 x color focus rings in color of your choice.
    All colors will be chosen later by you.

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