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GOLDENROD

Your own sunrise! Stop fighting your alarm and use light to wake the natural, effective, and simple way.

GOLDENROD

Your own sunrise! Stop fighting your alarm and use light to wake the natural, effective, and simple way.

$2,940
pledged of 19.000 $pledged of 19.000 $ goal
25
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 11 2015 5:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 11, 2015

About

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Still interested in smart wake up lamps? Check out Ario (launched on Kickstarter a few hours after us). 

Still want a Goldenrod? Reach out to me at Levi@Magnetovore.com. We can't pay for factory production, but I have parts and designs to build a few units by hand.

I'll keep inventing and building. I created and launched Goldenrod in just a few months. I learned so much with my first crowdfunding project, and I made a few mistakes. I'll keep experimenting, and have many more ideas to test. Expect more projects and products down the road!

-David

Do you wake up drained, sluggish, and unprepared to take on the day? Do you hit the snooze button, only to feel more exhausted a few minutes later?  

It's not you. It's your alarm. Being forced out of bed every morning by an irritating buzzing sound is a terrible way to start your morning. So, we're building a better way.

Goldenrod uses light to create your own sunrise. Stop fighting your alarm and wake the natural, effective, and simple way. Goldenrod casts light across the entire bed and intelligently changes brightness and color temperature.

Clinical research shows: waking up to light creates a more pleasant and energizing way to begin your day [1] [2] [3]. Light influences melatonin and cortisol, our sleep and wake hormones. Staring at bright, blue light in the evening can confuse your body and make it hard to fall asleep. In the morning, light tells your body that it’s time to wake up.

Goldenrod changes color temperature to match the sun. In the morning, it begins with a warm white color, like the sun at dawn. It then slowly ramps up to an invigorating bright bluish white, like the sun at noon. In the evening, when blue light could interfere with sleep, it returns to a warm white.

Direct and gentle light. Placed above the head of the bed, Goldenrod shines over the entire bed. It's like a bright and powerful sunrise, right above your head.

Intelligently changes color and brightness based on the time of day. Wake up to gradually increasing light in the morning, and enjoy a warm reading light in the evening.

Small and simple. No wifi, no apps, no fuss. Just set the time on the bedside clock and start enjoying a better morning in 60 seconds. Install the light bar with the included mounting tape or bracket. 

Strong enough to wake teenagers.
Strong enough to wake teenagers.
Small footprint convenient for college life.
Small footprint convenient for college life.
Helps fight winter blues with brightness and color similar to sunlight.
Helps fight winter blues with brightness and color similar to sunlight.
Start your day refreshed and prepared.
Start your day refreshed and prepared.

 Two sizes to fit any sized beds and wallet. GR-50 spans half a meter, while GR-100 is a full meter long. At 1600 lumens, the GR-100 is as bright as a 100W incandescent. Low voltage and power efficient LED lighting ensured safety and energy savings.  


Both models are $10 off retail when you preorder, and early birds save more.

Hand soldering the PCB (Printed Circuit Board).
Hand soldering the PCB (Printed Circuit Board).
Designing the bedside clock enclosure (prototypes created with a 3D printer).
Designing the bedside clock enclosure (prototypes created with a 3D printer).
At the time of launch, we have completed:  

  • Design, layout, and prototype construction of circuit board.
  • Design and prototype of plastic enclosure for bedside clock.
  • Sourcing for third party power supply and custom light bar.
We're ready for production. But building hardware is hard. With enough orders, we can manufacture at scale and pay off fixed production costs. Your pledge will contribute to the final steps of producing Goldenrod: 

  • Product certification.
  • Plastic mold injection for bedside clock.
  • Circuit board printing and assembly.
  • Cost of parts and labor to build each unit.
By January, we will complete product certification. It will then take 6 weeks to have the custom parts built. After another 6 weeks, we will complete the final assembly of the product. We expect to ship Goldenrod by April.

We need your help. With your support, we can build a better morning. As a Kickstarter backer, you save on the retail price and will be the first to use the final product.

We were inspired by past waking lights. Wake up lights have been around for a few years, and are picking up in popularity [1][2]. But these beside lamps have some limitations. We wanted to create something different. 

Goldenrod's brightness and placement right above your head makes it stronger than other lights. Its simple, app-free design makes it easy to install. And its smart light means you can wake up (and fall asleep) easier. We want to create the next generation of wake up lights.

I pulled a few late nights to bring this product together—but Goldenrod helped me wake up and stay on a steady sleep schedule. After using prototypes for a few months, I am no longer beholden to my alarm clock. With your backing, more people can enjoy waking up the natural, effective, and simple way.


Risks and challenges

With this product, we have focused on simplicity in design and manufacture. Our four suppliers are ready to build our custom parts: circuit board, light bar, enclosure, and power supply. We will assemble the final product in house. This product also needs FCC verification to ensure that it plays nicely with wireless communication devices.

I have led the development of other inventions, like the Magnetic Cello (Magnetovore.com). In many ways, this project is simpler than past creations, and I know we can build this at scale. There might be a few supply chain hiccups, certification delays, or small design changes that cause a month or two of setbacks. But we will reach our goal of a finished product in your hands. We will keep you, our backer, informed as we progress through manufacturing.

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