A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Born on Kickstarter in 2014, BedJet returns home for our most awesome sleep technology upgrade ever.
Simple to use and beautifully designed. The award winning BedJet is the world's first ultra-rapid cooling, heating and climate control system made just for your Bed. It's silky quiet and uses just air.
BedJet's patented biorhythm temperature technology enables programmable temperature control for every hour of the night to help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. BedJet 3 obsoletes your noisy alarm clock by hacking into your body's natural biorhythm wake triggers, to wake you up gently and incredibly refreshed.
BedJet 3 will come upgraded with WiFi connectivity for Alexa voice control and other smart home integrations, an incredible new color screen remote control and a beautiful new iOS/Android App.
BedJet air-based cooling is no more stuffy summer nights waking up too hot in bed. The powerful cooling is awesome therapeutic relief for hot sleepers, night sweats and hot flashes. BedJet cooling helps you cuddle longer and never get out of bed to change the house thermostat.
BedJet air-based warming is not your grandmother's electric mattress pad. It's a personal toasty warm sauna right in your own bed, on-demand in just 60 seconds. The instant and powerful warming forever ends cold feet, cold legs and bundling up with layers of pajamas to get into chilly winter beds.
The BedJet dual zone setup (optional) you can keep half the bed cooled while the other half is warmed, ending the night time battle over the thermostat with your partner.
All this while saving you money on your utility bills! Why heat or cool the whole house at night when all that matters is the temperature between the sheets?
We're so deeply grateful to all our prior Kickstarter backers and BedJet owners for enabling the success of BedJet. In the 3 years since we've shipped BedJet v1 to our very first Kickstarters, we rocketed to become:
The No. 1 customer ranked product of any kind for staying cool in bed on all of Amazon
The No. 1 customer ranked product for powered cooling and heating of a bed on all of Amazon
The No. 1 ranked product of any kind in the entire mattress category on all of Amazon (for products with > 500 reviews)
One of the most successful sleep technology products ever launched out of Kickstarter into commercial production!
Now BedJet is returning home to where it all began to bring you the BedJet 3, upgraded to become our best BedJet ever! With BedJet 3, you don't just get a remote control for your bed, but one for your body as well.
Sleep Better. Live Better.
Sleep. It's just as important to our health and well being as exercise and nutrition. We spend 30% of our lives in bed and failure to get regular uninterrupted sleep has been medically linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, loss of libido, depression and impaired cognitive function. Taking over the world, or just walking around with a smile on your face, forget about all of it if your body isn't properly recharged.
BedJet has taken a technological leap past sleep sensors that simply monitor and educate on your prior night's sleep. BedJet was the first product to use muscular bed climate control to hack into your body's own natural pre-programmed circadian biorhythm's to fundamentally alter what your body THINKS it should be doing while you are in bed.
These sleep science biohacks are the result of ground breaking sleep temperature research sponsored by the National Institute of Health and the Dutch Institute for Neuroscience. The key is that your body's core temperature changes over the night. Simply put, it's all about being the right temperature AND at the right time of night.
Remember waking up in the middle night to kick the covers off because you were too hot, falling back asleep and then waking up later too cold? That's interrupted sleep and a reset to your deep sleep REM clock. It's also your body not being allowed to achieve the right body core temperature for deep sleep and your brain making a manual adjustment.
BedJet 3 incorporates these medical studies into our biorhythm temperature technology. Taking into account your sex, age and body type, BedJet will create a custom sleep temperature profile tailored just for you:
Hour by hour, the BedJet will make continuous climate control adjustments in your bed designed to help you get to sleep faster, stay asleep longer and wake up feeling more refreshed. Sensors will take into account any unusual changes in ambient bedroom temperature over the night and make adjustments accordingly.
Every person is different and because of this the BedJet can adapt the temperature profiles over time to your preferences. You will also be able to create manual temperature profiles from scratch, to activate different warming or cooling settings over your own customized time scale and recall them with a simple 1-touch memory button.
What Doctors & Professional Athletes Are Saying
From talking to our customers and reading their reviews, we always knew the BedJet helps people sleep better and more comfortably, especially folks who tend to sleep hot, sweat a lot in bed or have any type of thermoregulation problem.
We decided to put BedJet to the test with medical Doctors (if you believe those kind of people). Dr. Jordan Stern, a founding member of the Sleep Technology Council of the National Sleep Foundation just completed a clinical study of the BedJet in 2018 with a demographic of the worst night sweat, overheating and bed time hot flash folks we could find: menopausal women.
The results were overwhelmingly positive and the BedJet clinical trial study has been accepted for publication in a peer reviewed and prestigious major medical journal this October 2018.
For the folks who participated in our trial (and we love those Sweaty Betty's!), we are happy to announce BedJet is now clinically proven to:
Help you get to sleep faster, stay asleep longer and wake up less frequently during the night
Relieve symptoms of hot flahes
Improve feelings of tiredness and lack of energy
We believe BedJet is the first hardware device ever to be able to make all of these medical claims. If you are a Sweaty Betty or sleep next to one, BedJet is definitely for you!
But it isn't just women benefiting from BedJet. Did we mention the New York Jets purchased fleets of BedJets directly from us for their star athletes? These huge muscled up dude's super high metabolisms make them burn super hot at night when trying to sleep. The New York Jets have purchased BedJets directly from our company three years in a row now to issue to their best athletes at their summer training camp hotels.
We can't claim any endorsement here (we seriously don't have the kind of bucks for that) -- only the factual repeat and return sale of our equipment directly to the team three years in a row now!
End the Daily Alarm Clock Tragedy
An alarm clock wakes you up by annoying you. BedJet 3 allows you to program a natural bio-hack wake up time. The wake up feature subtly alters your body's core temperature in the morning at the time of your choosing. Just like bright sunlight filling a bedroom, this will activate a pre-programmed circadian reaction in your brain resetting your internal clock to know it's time to start the day.
Remember that feeling you had as a kid when you just opened your eyes in the morning full of energy, refreshed and ready to leap out of bed? Yeah, it's like that. BedJet 3 is no more noisy alarm clocks, no more hitting the snooze button four times or dragging yourself out of bed wishing you had just one more hour to linger.
Climate Control Technology
BedJet invented the entire product category of ultra-fast on-demand air based bed climate control. We were also the first company to introduce a top-of-bed dual zone climate controlled sheet to keep half the bed warm and the other half cooled.
BedJet 3 works on any size bed and any type mattress. It gives you the ultimate control over your personal sleep environment - feel how you want, when you want and nearly instantly. The BedJet lives under your bed or tucked neatly out of the way at the foot of your bed.
Installation of the BedJet 3 onto your bed is incredibly simple and done in minutes with no tools. It's under 6" tall, so it fits under the majority of beds with space underneath so you'll barely know it's there.
Want to use BedJet with your own sheets? Once activated, the patented and acoustically dampened blower, ducting system and outlet nozzle operate at a very specific air pressure to create a scientifically magical event in your bedding. The BedJet quietly generates a small cushion of turbulent air between the upper and lower bedsheets that lifts the top bedding off the bed by a small amount. This tenting effect on the bedding combined with the turbulent air flow enables the air to permeate throughout the entire sleeping area and provide even heating or cooling. Wonder how good that really feels? Check out the awesome customer reviews of our original BedJet v1 and v2 here.
Take a look at the below infra-red camera footage to show just how quickly the BedJet 3 cools you, compared to an industry typical "cooling mattress" (which we think in most cases are really just big slabs of foam).
Dual Zone Climate Comfort
Tired of fighting with your partner over the bedroom thermostat? In 2014, BedJet became the first company to introduce a top-of-bed dual zone climate comfort system using a sheet component. We got the patent on that!
Watch on the infra-red camera how quickly each partner gets their own perfect sleep temperature on their own side of the bed with BedJet 3. We are saving marriages!
AirComfort Cloud Sheet
Want the very best BedJet cooling and experience? Pair the BedJet 3 with our (optional) AirComfort Cloud Sheet. The patented Cloud Sheet is a performance engineered, luxuriously soft, 100% cotton temperature layer with specially designed interior air flow cavities. The BedJet Air Nozzle plugs into the Cloud sheet air flow cavities, gently distributing warming or cooling air through the sheet and down into the bed.
The Cloud Sheet replaces your normal bedding top sheet and works underneath blankets, quilts, or regular comforters. Unlike electric blankets, the Cloud Sheet is just pure, soft cotton and like any top sheet, can be washed over and over again.
The Cloud Sheet enables the most even distribution of BedJet air in the bed and significantly improves cooling performance of the BedJet. It has the feel and quality of 5-star hotel grade bed linens. The engineered Cloud sheet is the most complex product ever manufactured in the entire sheet industry, with multiple weaves of cotton, differing areas of air permeability, unique stitching and special interior baffling for air flow zones.
With a BedJet powered on, the Cloud Sheet looks wonderfully puffy, soft and down filled. But it’s actually only filled with the conditioned air from the BedJet, making it one of the softest, lightest and coziest sheets ever made! With the BedJet air off, the Cloud Sheet deflates to look just like a high quality top sheet.
CLOUD SHEET GUIDE - SINGLE ZONE VS. DUAL ZONE
Our Cloud Sheet variations cover different types of sleep needs for individuals and couples:
Single Zone Cloud Sheet: Works with just one BedJet. It will cool or heat the entire bed to the same temperature (or area under the Cloud Sheet if a Twin XL is used on a King for example). Go with this if you sleep alone, or if you are a couple who enjoys the same sleep temperature needs.
Dual Zone Cloud Sheet: The interior flow cavities are split into two halves, one for each side of the bed and each half accepting its own BedJet air supply.
Dual Zone Cloud Sheet with one BedJet unit: You can cool or heat just your half of the bed without affecting the other side. The side without the BedJet installed will remain un-puffed and look just like a normal top sheet! Get this setup if you are a couple and just one of you needs cooling/heating.
Dual Zone Cloud Sheet with two BedJets: This setup is our Dual Zone BedJet bundle. You get independent temperature control to each side of the bed. Each person gets their own remote control and half the bed can be crisply cooled while the other half is tropical warm!
New BedJet 3 Features
If there was one thing our BedJetters told us we needed to improve on with the original generation BedJet, it was the very basic remote control that required use of the App for more sophisticated BedJet features. We took this to heart and got bent on creating the greatest remote control ever made for a bedding and sleep technology product. We realize we probably went a little overboard, but heck, we're a bunch of super-nerds, we can't help but over-react to critique on our design work!
This special upgraded remote was planned to be part of a future higher end BedJet 3s model, but we are including it in this Kickstarter campaign as an extra perk. It has a full color screen and backlit keys. A separate remote control without the color screen is also being developed for legacy BedJet owners and prior Kickstarter backers who want to hold onto their v2 machines a bit longer.
Where we are at right now with the color screen remote: We have a functional remote control prototype (built with rapid prototype methods) that is shown above that works with all basic features to turn the BedJet 3 on/off and control multiple functions. We still have some software level to build out the configuration and settings menus. Tooling has already been started but not yet completed.
Bluetooth App remote control? Got that too. BedJet 3 will come with an improved smart device App built from the ground up with a fresh new UI/UX. We know the original BedJet App UI/UX needed a big make-over and we're happily making the new App backwards compatible for all BedJet v1/v2 users:
Where we are at right now with the App: We have a fully operational legacy App that we are using for testing all features of the BedJet 3. We have developed the UI/UX graphic design for the improved App (shown above) and our software engineers are busy translating this into a functional App.
Alexa & Smart Home Integrations
Our plan on first product release is Amazon Alexa as well as IFTTT control integration. We will continue to look at other smart home platform integrations after release. BedJet has user update-able firmware, so the great news is your machine will never become obsolete!
Where we are at right now with Alexa integration:
We have a sample set of code that has been developed by one of our software partners to run on a sample BedJet 3 microprocessor breadboard and proven that simple Alexa commands can be translated from an Echo to our microprocessor and cause an action. Our software engineers will be further building on this to create a user friendly seemless interaction environment for Alexa controls.
Cooling & Heating for Beds
BedJet is the most muscular climate control product ever created for a bed. It is the first and only product that can both cool you off within 10 seconds and heat the bedding of a king size bed to feel like the sheets just came out of dryer in only 180 seconds.
How does the air based cooling and heating work?
Getting too hot in bed never feels good. Body heat and moisture get trapped by your mattress and bedding like an oven. Typical air temperatures surrounding your body under the bedding reach over 90 degrees. Over the course of the night we have measured up to a 20% increase in humidity in the bed from natural body perspiration. BedJet was the first company's to publicly identify humidity trapped under sheets as one of the primary causes for feeling to hot.
The BedJet convective and evaporative method of cooling is incredibly effective. Cooling mode power ventilates your bed by circulating fresh ambient temperature air into your bed to quickly wick out this trapped body heat and body moisture. You select variable amounts of air flow from the BedJet to get different levels of cooling. Wonder how good it really feels? Check out the reviews here on how well the cooling works from our original BedJet v1/v2 owners here.
Please Note: BedJet is NOT a substitute for zero air conditioning in extreme ambient heat (79 degrees+) bedrooms. BedJet is not a portable air conditioner. Room temp needs to be below 79 degrees for best cooling.
The heating mode lets you choose variable output temperature and variable air flow to help customize what feels just right for you. Turbo-Heat mode gives you a 5-minute burst of extra powerful warming (1500 watts!) to get a cold chilly bed nice and toasty in just minutes. BedJet can raise the temperature of your bedding 30 degrees in 180 seconds!
There's no electric blanket and no heated mattress pad in the world that can do that -- they take up to 40 minutes to warm your bed just 20 degrees plus don't provide even heating. BedJet warming is safer, because it keeps electricity out of the bed where it belongs. Take a look below at the infra-red image of an electric blanket in actual operation in a bed vs. BedJet. Apart from uneven heating, those electric wires are laying right up against your body!
Got heavy night sweats that soak the sheets? BedJet 3 has a special temperature neutral sweat drying mode which ventilates the bed, pulling all the moisture off your body but without freezing you or overheating you. We created this unique feature for one our customers who suffered from a medical condition.
Our Engineering Journey
Technical Stuff on the Inside
Acoustic damping technology in the base unit makes BedJet incredibly quiet. The design includes a computation fluid dynamic optimized exit air nozzle for laminar flow (engineering lingo for the exhaust nozzle is a muffler). BedJet sound is only 39dB measured at the bed pillow while in medium settings cool/heat mode typical of all night operation. This makes it quieter than any window fan or air conditioner. Its a wonderful background white noise whoosh that will help put you to sleep!
20,000 hour wide range digital DC motor to make BedJet last just as long as your mattress
Lifetime washable air filter for no dust bunnies in your bed
Uniquely designed low temperature barium titanate ceramic stone heating element - operates below the temperature flash point of dust to avoid that "electric heater" smell
Super Safe Electric Appliance - BedJet 3 will be certified to the same Underwriters Laboratories standards as electrified hospital beds.
Entire enclosure is certified Underwriters Laboratories flameproof plastic
Base unit dimensions: 15.5" long x 10.5" wide x 6" inches tall, fits under most beds
120V only (North America), this machine is not dual voltage and will not work at 220-240V. An international model is planned for late 2019.
Update-able firmware so your BedJet will never become obsolete
WiFi and Bluetooth chip integrated
2 way 2.4GHz radio chip for wireless remote control
Amazon Alexa and IFTTT integrations
Power consumption Turbo-Heat: 1500 watts max
Power consumption Regular Heat: 150 to 1100 watts
Power consumption Cooling: 10 to 40 watts max
Standby power consumption: 1.5 watts
What's that you spied on the backside of the BedJet 3? Did someone say EXPANSION PORT! We will be releasing an API to qualified developers who want to tinker with their BedJets by adding sensors or other external device innovations. Who knows, maybe your cool idea might make it into production with us?
Project & Timeline
The engineering scope of the BedJet 3 is quite large. Nearly every single component from our prior generation machine got design upgrades. The great news is we've already been working on the BedJet 3 for 21+ months now and are nearly complete with the development of the hardware.
We are just now transitioning into manufacturing and developing the more sophisticated software for smart home integrations and the App.
Timeline & History:
December 2016 - BedJet founder Mark Aramli says to his chief electrical engineer Peter, "Hey dude, lets start tinkering on BedJet 3!"
December 2017 - First new electronic prototype designs are tested and characterized
February 2018 - First alpha "Frankenstein" BedJet 3 in a representative enclosure design is cobbled together
June 2018 - Injection mold tooling started
August 2018 - First 30 BedJet 3 units for field beta testing using injection mold parts will be built. Underwriters Laboratories safe electric appliance certification is started.
October 2018 - Firmware frozen, Alexa integration is functional
November 2018 - Manufacturing started
December 2018 - Shipping starts, new App released
Why We Are On Kickstarter
Letter From Mark Aramli, BedJet Inventor
This is where it all started. In 2014 you supported my vision to make the world’s first ultra-rapid climate control system for a bed. The Kickstarter community and our early adopters believed in us before anyone else even knew we existed. You blew us away with your support and your feedback helped shape what BedJet is today - the #1 brand in America for cooling heating and climate comfort bed systems. We are winning in every category of performance, power, features, customer reviews and market share.
It's been a crazy roller-coaster journey along the way for our tiny little start-up. It turns out the mattress and bedding industry is kind of a hostile place for innovative little start-up folks like us.
In our first year, some of the big corporate mattress guys (like just two out of the three largest!) didn't like seeing our success and sent threatening letters from their deep pocketed teams of corporate lawyers to bully us.
Last year we had the biggest "bed-in-a-box" mattress brand (funded by big corporate venture capital) secretly buy a massive order of 20 BedJet products on Amazon, shipped direct to their engineering R&D center in San Francisco. Reverse engineering? Who knows.
We even had our first "knock-off" crowdfunding campaign, where a company took some of our concepts and marketing imagery wholesale and launched without even demonstrating a physically believable working prototype. As of today, they still have yet to deliver to their backers (we don't think that approach is very smart).
All of this still made us smile, because we knew none of it would be happening if we weren't making waves and doing something right with BedJet. We also knew we had something on our side none of them had -- you folks! Our backers and supporters.
During the uncertain and worrisome early days where our company was fighting for a right to exist and I was deathly worried about financial ruin (having invested my life savings in the business), you've always been there for us. With deep and humble appreciation, I will never forget that and love every one of you for your help. You helped make my lifelong dreams of being an inventor and successful entrepreneur come true.
We are still a a small but rapidly growing start-up company. We are back on Kickstarter for the simple reason that we love being part of the community here. We just want to design cool stuff that people enjoy and we love you being a part of the journey with us. Because at the end of each day, success in your next one is all about getting great sleep and waking up feeling good with a smile on your face.
all the best,
- Mark Aramli
Risks and challenges
This is our third creator campaign on Kickstarter and we delivered on our first two successfully. Our first time around with BedJet v1, like nearly all first time Kickstarter hardware creators, as newbies we underestimated the time and money required to take a prototype into full production and get it certified.
In order to deliver on those first campaign promises, our founder Mark Aramli wound up mortgaging his home, emptied 100% of his life savings and mortgaged another home owned by his family in order to deliver. That's how committed we were. We delivered late, but the final product exceeded all our promises.
Our second Kickstarter closed out as the Top 10 Technology Kickstarter project of 2015, with over 4000 backers. By then, we sort of had things figured out. With such an unexpectedly large campaign, we still successfully delivered on our six month campaign schedule only three weeks late, a huge achievement by Kickstarter standards!
Our company is still a "start-up", but we're growing fast, paying our own bills without venture capital investors and no longer at risk for disappearing. We are here to stay. While is is still a major engineering project, now that we've been at this for three years we've got our arms around the engineering, schedule, cost and manufacturing risks involved with a new product launch.
We are launching this campaign with the BedJet 3 already functional (with all basic features) as a pre-production beta unit and have already started investing in the tooling. We see zero risk in our company ultimately delivering the BedJet 3 to our backers, however there is always inherent risk to any new product development program schedule/timing.
Our biggest schedule risk for a big miss on our delivery date targets is external. We do require an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safe electric appliance certification before we can ship. This will be our third product we certify through a UL 3rd party certifying agency. Occasionally the agencies timelines can be unpredictable and introduce a several months delay.
You have our commitment to keep you fully informed every step of the way on progress and setbacks, so that there are absolutely no surprises on the campaign deliveries.
One BedJet 3 single zone system with upgraded 3s color screen remote. You needed to be one of the first to pre-order this very special deal only available on Kickstarter. Compare with regular retail cost that will be $399.
For the very best BedJet 3 sleep experience, this super early bird special bundles the BedJet 3 ( with upgraded 3s color screen remote) with our a super-soft engineered AirComfort Cloud Sheet. The Cloud Sheet comes in your choice of sizes Twin XL, Queen, or King. A single zone Cloud Sheet will cool/heat the whole bed while a dual zone Cloud sheet with one BedJet will condition just half the bed, leaving your partner undisturbed with your cooling and heating shenanigans! Select preferred size/config when backer surveys go out. Compare with regular retail cost that will be $558.
It's not because you're greedy, but you just gotta have two. Includes two BedJet 3 units with upgraded 3s color screen remote controls at the super early bird special deal. Does not include Cloud Sheet, you will use these with your own sheet. Compare with regular retail cost that will be $798.
For couples who fight over the bedroom thermostat, get half the bed cooled and the other half warmed with the Dual Zone BedJet 3 bundle. We are saving marriages! You get two BedJet 3 base units with two upgraded 3s color screen remote controls plus the super soft engineered dual zone AirComfort Cloud Sheet in size of your choice king or queen. Compare with regular retail cost that will be $949.