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The Aurora headband plays lights and sounds for lucid dreaming with a smart alarm clock to help you sleep better.
Introducing the world's smartest connected sleep tracker and lucid dreaming aid!
Introducing the world's smartest connected sleep tracker and lucid dreaming aid!
1,428 backers pledged $239,094 to help bring this project to life.

Mass Production Update #10, Dreamband Production Ramping Up!

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Dear wonderful backers! We are so pleased to make some exciting announcements today!

100 assembled devices delivered to our lab!
100 assembled devices delivered to our lab!

We have received the next batch of 100 fully assembled Aurora Dreamband devices (up from 20 last time)! This will more than double our test group size and allow us to collect even more critical feedback from testers before we ship the remaining units. However the real value of this milestone is that - on the manufacturing end - we are ready to go into full mass production!

The next batch of Aurora Dreambands are completed, production is ramping up!
The next batch of Aurora Dreambands are completed, production is ramping up!

While we get these devices ready to ship to the next wave of Early Access testers by the end of November, we are continuing to work with our manufacturing partners to meet our full delivery deadlines (read more below). This will be the 2nd wave of Early Access units delivered, and we cant wait to hear what kind of awesome lucid dreams our next group of Early Access testers will have with their Auroras!!

You are reading this right: we are prepared to make the next mass-production order the big one. The wait is almost over ... we are getting ready to build thousands of units to fulfill all of our kickstarter and webstore preorders! Meanwhile, we are working with our Early Access testers and development teams to continue improving our UX for the rest of our backers. 

Safety Certifications Update

We are proud to announce that Aurora Dreamband has officially passed U.S. FCC safety certifications!!

Aurora Dreamband electronics certification is underway
Aurora Dreamband electronics certification is underway

This means that Dreamband is certified 100% completely safe for use in the United States! We are now awaiting our EU and Japanese certifications, since we want Dreamband to be safe by major globally-recognized standards. 

For safety, we will await final certifications to be completed before placing the full order for our electronics. We are using this time to prepare all of the other final manufacturing materials - our brain-sensing headbands, device packaging, USB cables and any other 'extras' that might go into the box ;)

Updated Production Schedule

Back in September, we announced new launch dates. Today we are proud to still be on schedule for that proposed timeline. We have updated that timeline and recreated it below for your convenience.

I) Prototype Development & Testing

[2014/2015 - Completed!]

Aurora's core intelligence and powerful wireless capabilities were expertly crafted into a small circuit board. A custom housing and light delivery mechanism was designed over 5 case design iterations and dozens of headband designs, converging on our final device form-factor: a comfy headband with powerful sensors perfect for sleep and LEDs guaranteed to reach your eyes. Our fabric brainwave sensors took lots of work to get right. We're glad we put in the time and you will be too!

  • Soft fabric sensors replace the hard metal disc electrodes used in our campaign
  • Hardware designs completed
  • Firmware development begins

II) Beta Testing

[January 2016 - Completed!!]

Beta Testing was our first phase of public data collection and was critical in helping us prepare Aurora Dreamband for the general public. We wanted to fully understand how our sensors worked out in the real world. Testers slept with the device in passive (recording-only) mode. We collected gigabytes of sleep data, refined our algorithms, and squashed dozens of bugs. Beta testing is now over - thank you to our beta testers!

  • iOS app development begins
  • Early Beta units distributed

III) Early Access Program

[September 2016 - In Progress Now!]

select backers who are so excited to help test the device, they are willing to forego the final device packaging and test out or beta-version software.

These lucky users are the first on earth to fully experience Aurora Dreamband's revolutionary lucid dreaming capabilities. These devices provide all the functionality of the final device without the final aesthetics or packaging. The fun has already begun (we shared real in-field user testimonials last time!) and continues today with our next batch of units being prepared for more testers.

  • iOS app development continues.
  • Android app development begins.
  • Borealis app update #1 is released, expanding light stimulus features for testers to explore!
  • Device Safety Certifications completed.

IV) Pre-Release

[Estimated - December 2016]

Devices shipped during this final pre-launch phase will more closely resemble the final product in both aesthetics and functionality. The fun is ramping up!

  • New Feature Announced!!!
  • Branded Device / Headband. 
  • iOS app public testing begins.
  • Android App development continues.

V) Aurora Dreamband Full Product Launch!

[Estimated Q1/2 2017]

Full packaging, polished devices, and apps supporting the revolutionary Aurora Dreamband official release! The real fun begins - we engage our incredible development and research communities on our API and SDK documentation which will carry Aurora into the future.

  • Final devices ship to all backers / preorder customers! All thanks to people like you!
  • iOS app released to public
  • Borealis app released to public
  • Android app public testing begins

Thank You for Your Support!

We truly couldn't have done this without your help and want to remind everyone that when we launched our campaign, we were just a small team tasked with 2 very difficult problems: creating a revolutionary wearable device and a new market. We knew this meant we would have to carry the burden of education about our space while also being first-to-market with the world's first ever bio-sensing lucid dreaming device

Today, our work has already impacted people all around the world. Our testers are reporting having lucid dreams that they otherwise wouldn't have had, while more and more enthusiastic makers and creators are taking stabs at the wide-open world of dream augmentation. As the thought leaders of our space, we promise to continue educating and providing the best solutions available so that our new industry will flourish and benefit all mankind. 

And its all thanks to support from people like you... So thank you thank you thank you!!

Lucid Dreaming User Reports and Testimonials #1

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Just a few weeks ago we unleashed our basic lucid dreaming features into the hands of our public test group for the first time ever. Today we share the first lucid dreaming progress report and testimonials from these Early Access testers, as collected in the comfort of their own beds!

After years of hard work we are pleased to pass our most critical point yet - public testing! Our solution feedback loop includes Aurora Dreamband, Borealis and of course our lovely testers!
After years of hard work we are pleased to pass our most critical point yet - public testing! Our solution feedback loop includes Aurora Dreamband, Borealis and of course our lovely testers!

 

 

First In-Field Lucid Dreams Reported!

We are so proud to announce that we've received our first user reports of lucid dreams induced in the field thanks to Aurora's help. In a very short time we've received exciting and encouraging results as users have reported numerous successful lucid dreams

We're focused on learning everything we can from our users in a short time so that when you open your Aurora box in a few months, you will have the best possible experience. To our knowledge, this is the first distributed experiment of its kind for any lucid dream induction technology. Be assured that as we grow, our momentum will continue to break down new barriers for the field!

Master Developer kickstarter backer, UK
Master Developer kickstarter backer, UK

With manufacturing still on schedule from our last timeline (Q1 '17, more in the next update), things are moving so quickly that sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to check our reality :)

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Our testers are forever leaving their mark on the Aurora user experience by contributing valuable brainwave data and feedback. Our goal is to do everything in our power to give Aurora users complete control of their device and our seasoned testers are claiming that we've already built the most flexible and feature-rich lucid dreaming device on the market! 

"During a dream (my first dream of the night I believe) I was roused by the lights, I kept still and within about 60 seconds felt my whole body vibrating very strongly. Knowing that this is the transition to the dream, I 'separated' from my body and began a lucid dream ... The Aurora worked, it did its job but something more important was now evident; The lucid dream was within the first 2 hours of me sleeping and as we know that the first rem period only lasts about 10 mins proves that the REM tracking is very accurate on Aurora! [..] The device is great and has already surpassed anything Ive used in the past by a clear mile"

- Early Access tester, United Kingdom.

One Early Access backer enjoying his Aurora Dreamband!
One Early Access backer enjoying his Aurora Dreamband!

"I did a reality check just to be sure I wasn't dreaming that the Aurora arrived, and if the reality check worked like it's supposed to (look at some words in your environment; look away; look at them again; if they are the same you're probably not dreaming), then I am awake and I'm really holding an Aurora in my hands. First impression: It's really really cool!!! Quite compact and simple design and reasonably light weight. I'm amazed that the three sensors are cloth! I put it on and it feels very comfortable. "

Early Access tester, VA, USA

Early Access tester, Tx, USA
Early Access tester, Tx, USA

 

We want to say a big thank our to our committed and valuable testers!!! We are continuing to receive new feedback, brain data and dream reports each day.. We couldn't be more excited to be here!

Borealis Software Update

We have condensed the first round of feedback into actionable upgrades to our user experience. We will be providing a software update with these upgrades to our users over the next week as our team plans the development roadmap over the 3-6 month period following product launch. The upcoming Borealis update includes improvements to:

  • LED Dream Stim Controls
  • Sleep Graph Plotting
Improved LED controls allow users to specify blink rates, durations and colors (and more!)
Improved LED controls allow users to specify blink rates, durations and colors (and more!)

 

There will also be some very important quality-of-life and under-the-hood upgradres in this update:
  • streamlined internal testing system (reduces update development time for future builds) 
  • Improved battery life
  • Bug fixes

This is the first update we have provided to public testers. While it adds critical new content and features to the Aurora / Borealis experience, a primary goal for this update is to test the update process itself, as we are sure that after product launch we will continue to want to provide updates to users as we set new standards with our dream-enhancing neurotechnologies.

Moving Dream - Enhancement Forward

It only gets better from here. We've spent many years developing a flexible and comfortable platform in the Aurora Dreamband and our first round of public feedback has been extremely encouraging. We are working towards establishing scientific and rigorous controlled experiment to validate Aurora's success rate for lucid dream induction, as well as improving dream recall. We plan to include our users in these experiments and are moving our platform in that direction today.

We will continue to work with and grow our test group (more in the next update) to expand our understanding of externally-induced lucid dreams. In doing so we will continue to update our backers and expand our offering of neurotechnologies. Be prepared for some very exciting updates moving forward.

Thank You!!

We cant say it enough... this has only been possible because of our committed backer community. 3 years ago we all came together with a common goal, and now thanks to people just like you who were inspired by our vision, this mutual dream has become a reality. Thank you!! If this update excites you, please share it and link to us on social media (below)! And remember its not too late to Preorder your Aurora Dreamband today!

We have even more exciting news about Aurora Dreamband mass production, packaging, certifications and mobile app progress on the way ... so stay tuned!

See you soon in the next update!

the iwinks team!

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Mass Production Update #9. Early Access Units Shipped!

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Our first wave of 20 production samples have shipped and are being received and tested by selected backers - signaling the beginning of our first public testing round!

Aurora Dreamband: world's smartest sleep tracker & lucid dreaming aid!
Aurora Dreamband: world's smartest sleep tracker & lucid dreaming aid!

 

As the last few users receive their devices and come online, we are so excited to report our excellent progress today! These days we're working hard to refine our sleep tracking algorithms and gather critical user feedback from our lucid dreaming testers so that our users in the field can receive app and device updates as we process new evaluation units! This feedback is directing us as we mold the final user experience. We will stop at nothing to know that when you receive your headband, everything will work ... like a dream.

Early Access sample units have shipped!
Early Access sample units have shipped!

For the first time ever, we've opened public testing of our clinic-assisted sleep tracker and LED (light) based lucid dreaming features to outside testers! After years of development, our cutting-edge cloud platform is working hard (behind the scenes) so that users can easily adjust their lucid settings and get back to dreaming! 

Our testers are able to choose specific colors and eyes (right or left) to be stimulated during REM!
Our testers are able to choose specific colors and eyes (right or left) to be stimulated during REM!

Lucid dreaming opens a world of limitless possibilities to the user, and we wanted our user experience to reflect that. Needless to say, it was challenging to boil down our first set of features for our first active dreamers. We decided to start simple and set our lazer-sharp focus on understanding the measurable effect of Aurora's LEDs on lucid dream induction first. Aurora has already revolutionized the way we think about our dreams and we are working very carefully with our testers to fully understand the Aurora dream experience. We've had fun doing it and want you to as well!

And the feedback we've collected over these last 2 weeks from our new users has been outstanding. Every day we are collecting reports from these users and directly updating our development plans to imbue Aurora with the best possible user experience. The reports have been very promising, for example early reports suggest that our different color and settings have varying effects on dream incorporation, and certain combinations are more likely to wake up a subject than others, so it's important we learn these lessons early on and avoid them in the future. 

This is such an exciting time for us and we remain focused on improving our software and mobile app UX for our next wave of users!

These Aurora Dreambands have shipped and are being evaluated now! Who will receive the next batch??
These Aurora Dreambands have shipped and are being evaluated now! Who will receive the next batch??

We will continue to monitor our growing test pool - today we have 30 active dreamers and making arrangements to significantly increase the next wave size of tester unit shipments! We will be processing another wave of 50-100 production evaluation units soon and plan to have them ready for circulation by the end of the month. We promise to keep you updated on this progress!

Early Access Applications Now Closed

We have been overwhelmed by the number of applications received for our Early Access Program! Applications are now closed as we process the next group of users. 

Certification

Aurora Dreamband will be completely safe to use!
Aurora Dreamband will be completely safe to use!

 

We are taking device safety very seriously. Certification for Aurora Dreamband's electronics is critical to us. We are dedicated to ensuring that our device complies with the global safety standards of the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, and are working closely with a leading firm in Silicon Valley on this very important process.

Manufacturing

Progress on our full manufacturing run is still on schedule!! We are in final preparations for a large-scale assembly of our remaining 300 production sample units! Negotiations are taking place now with our Chinese and Mexican factories to finalize our orders for the remaining units! Because of the lead times for certification, we are using this time to prepare our final product for the final grand order! Sample packaging (box and inner tray) have been received and being evaluated by our marketing team - we cant wait to share the final product with you! 

Mobile APP

Our iOS app is making rapid strides towards to be the best companion sleep app in the industry! Users can currently set alarms and stimulus types in the mobile app and upload their sleep data over USB using our Borealis application, and then view it on mobile. Over the next few weeks we are developing the Bluetooth Low Energy protocols so that Aurora will report wireless and directly to our mobile app! 
The Aurora Mobile (iOS) app is in full development! Android is coming!
The Aurora Mobile (iOS) app is in full development! Android is coming!

 

Thank You for Preordering Aurora!

Your contributions have truly helped make this project a reality! We know it has taken longer than expected but we have come so far together and we thank you for your unyielding continued support! Thank you for believing in our very achievable mutual dream!!

Thank You for Preordering Aurora!!
Thank You for Preordering Aurora!!

 

Manufacturing Update #8. Roll Call: Developer's Apprentice Backers!!

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The wait is over! Our first wave of final production Aurora Dreambands and supporting software are being distributed to the next tier of kickstarter backers!!!

Aurora Dreamband is the world's most advanced sleep tracker and lucid dreaming aid!
Aurora Dreamband is the world's most advanced sleep tracker and lucid dreaming aid!

 

Last update, we promised our next wave would extend into our Developer's Apprentice tier. Since then, we've been collecting addresses from these tiers and higher (check your kickstarter messages)! Our team has hand-assembled the first wave of production-ready units for evaluation! It's an exciting time to be an Aurora Dreamband backer!

Aurora Dreamband Early Access Program

Targeting our Developer's Apprentice tier (and higher), this exclusive sneak peek is providing our most prized backers with unprecedented first access to our lucid dreaming features. As we graciously welcome our newest set of backers to the test group, we would like to remind you all that we couldn't have gotten here without your support! 

Our friends and family have helped us expand our baseline sleep libraries, ensuring Aurora's sleep tracking algorithms are accurate!
Our friends and family have helped us expand our baseline sleep libraries, ensuring Aurora's sleep tracking algorithms are accurate!

 

Let's Get Dreaming!

As we prepare to launch the final product, we are focused largely on educating our users to get the most from their journey into lucidity and sleep hygiene and to live a healthy, mindful life. 

Learn more about what you can do while lucid with Aurora Dreamband!
Learn more about what you can do while lucid with Aurora Dreamband!

 

Our next test group was hand-selected from the above tiers to help us evaluate our user program. Testers will receive a production-level sample device as well as early access to our revolutionary software packages.

 Product Spotlight: Borealis

Users are currently able to interact with Aurora Dreamband in 2 ways: via our mobile app Aurora and with our desktop/cloud platform Borealis.

Over a year in the making, Borealis is about to revolutionize the way the world experiences lucid dream induction technology. A streamlined application connecting all Aurora Dreamband devices, Borealis powers our Crowd Research Platform and allows dreamers to test different types of lucid dreaming stimuli!

Borealis is powering a revolution in the lucid dream experience
Borealis is powering a revolution in the lucid dream experience

Over the past few years as we've been developing Aurora, we've been so fortunate to be the first to explore the effects of our safe lucid dream induction technology. We've learned so much about the effectiveness of the technology and are dedicated to the educational aspect of this very advanced practice.

What has kept us motivated all this time is not how much we've learned but what is still left to learn about lucid dreaming and REM sleep in general. 

Out of all the stages of sleep, scientists claim to least understand the function and evolutionary advantage of REM sleep, as compared to the other ("non-REM") sleep stages. We hope to leverage our community's Aurora Dreamband data to inform our scientific understanding of sleep while we help you along your quest towards lucidity and fulfilling your personal sleep health goals. Towards that end, Borealis users will be able to upload their sessions for further analysis and opt-in to distributed scientific experiments! 

All thanks to your support!

Developers documents and API protocol is in active development
Developers documents and API protocol is in active development

 

We are prioritizing upper-tier kickstarter backers for the Early Access Program though we are considering applications from preorder customers as well. If you have preordered and are interested in Early Access, please message us either on kickstarter, facebook or send us an email to support@iwinks.org with a note explaining why you think you would be a great candidate for the Early Access Program! 

Distribution Strategy

If you were not in one of the upper kickstarter tiers for our campaign or preordered through our webstore then you're probably thinking, "When can I expect to receive my unit?"

It's not too late to preorder!
It's not too late to preorder!

 

Given our tremendous progress with manufacturing, we've been able to update our distribution schedule. The below schedule is based off of the latest information and lead times from our factories. We will continue to update the public on production as we continue to complete our upcoming device fulfillment goals.

I) Prototype Development & Testing 

(2014/2015 - completed!)

Aurora's core intelligence and powerful wireless capabilities are expertly crafted into a small circuit board. A custom housing and light dispersion mechanism is designed over 5 design iterations with dozens of headband designs converging on our final device form-factor: a comfy headband with powerful sensors perfect for sleep.

Hardware completed

Borealis app development begins

II) Beta Testing

(January 2016 - completed!)

This was our first phase of public testing and was critical in helping us prepare Aurora Dreamband for the general public. Thanks to our team of beta testers, we collected lots of data, refined our algorithms, and squashed dozens of bugs. Beta testing is now over - thank you to our beta testers!

iOS app development begins

Early Beta units distributed

III) Early Access Program 

(In Progress! - September 2016)

These lucky users will be the first to fully experience Aurora Dreamband's lucid dreaming capabilities. These devices provide all the functionality of the final device without the final aesthetics or packaging. The fun begins!

iOS app internal testing continues.

Borealis app public testing begins

IV) Pre-Release 

(Estimated Q4 2016)

Devices shipped in this phase will closely resemble the final product in both aesthetics and functionality. The fun is ramping up!

iOS app public testing begins.

Android App development begins.

Device Safety Certification is completed.

V) Aurora Dreamband Launch!

(Estimated Q1/2 2017)

Full packaging, polished devices, and apps supporting the revolutionary Aurora Dreamband official release! The real fun begins - we engage our incredible development and research communities on our API and SDK documentation which will carry Aurora into the future.

iOS app released to public

Borealis app released to public

Android app public release

Join us on our journey to expand human consciousness, one dreamer at a time.

Thank you to everyone who helped us prepare Aurora Dreamband for the future.
Thank you to everyone who helped us prepare Aurora Dreamband for the future.
 
If you believe in what we are doing but can't afford to preorder an Aurora Dreamband, there are other ways to support iWinks! We always love having pizza in the office and just a simple share goes a long way in generating new resources for the project! Spread the #dream #love!!

These are all yours, kickstarter!!
These are all yours, kickstarter!!

We know it's taken a long time, but we're here and it's all thanks to your support! It's an exciting time to be a backer! See you in the comments!

-the iWinks team

PS 

Our website is in a transitional state, please bear with us as we prioritize final production over appearances!

Mass Production Update #7

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Greetings fellow dreamers,

Here are a few updates for you: 

Manufacturing Progress

The iWinks team has been doing a tremendous job of ironing out all the final kinks in manufacturing the Aurora Dreamband. We are very excited to share that we have just received our first large batch of over 300 hundred units from our factories! This is up from only 20 last time. 

Aurora Dreamband Sensor shipment FRESH IN!
Aurora Dreamband Sensor shipment FRESH IN!

Once these units clear our quality control tests we will have them on their way to our next batch of testers. Backers in our Developer's Apprentice Tiers should expect to receive their units first, with other tiers given next priority.   

Address Forms

We will be collecting shipping addresses very soon and are working to build this feature into our website. While we are still shipping in waves, we will be notifying each customer where they stand relative to other backers in the queue after most user accounts have been collected. Our next update will have a link to create a user account and submit your shipping information!

Packaging

We are making great strides to put Aurora Dreamband in a package and get it on its way to you!

Working design, back of box
Working design, back of box

 

Testing

While working closely with our team of Early Access testers we've noticed that users absolutely LOVE reviewing their sleep performance each morning and learning from our knowledge base of sleep and dreaming! With new user testing going on all the time we thought we would share just a few testimonials we've collected thus far. As more units go into circulation we will be able to learn more from our users.

"I went to sleep earlier than I normally would and slept longer because I was so excited to see my sleep data the next morning. I am curious about my sleep and cant wait to buy this device and use it more often to learn about my sleep patterns." - Nick

"I woke up in the middle of the night to use the restroom. On my way back to bed the lights were flashing vibrant multi colors. I thought, “This shouldn’t happen when I’m awake.” When I later learned that the device was programmed for one color setting, I realized that I had never actually woken up. The stimulus found its way into my dream and my dreaming brain embellished colors and patterns that were never programmed into the Aurora!! This is so cool! " - Tommy

We are working hard to get the next wave of units out and appreciate your patience as we continue delivering on our backer rewards! Thanks again for all your support and dedication! This has been a group effort from the beginning and we are so happy to be where we are today because of you!!

go team iWinks!