Hello again backers,
We have lots of exciting news to share today! Aurora, the lucid dreaming headband is well on its way towards production. We have locked in our circuit and headband design and are now working hard with our expert manufacturing team to lock in the final piece of the puzzle: our case design.
Our case design is stronger than ever and we are nearly finished with all work on product design. Conductive snap buttons are designed directly into the case so you can easily remove the headband portion for cleaning. There are just a few things left to finalize with this design before we place our full manufacturing order:
- move the lights away from the center to maintain independent eye stimulus
- curve the back of the unit to match human forehead curvature
- Stay true to the original design and clean up unnecessary angles and cuts
We expect to be finished with this final step within the next few weeks and will update you as soon as we have confirmation. We are truly so close to being done and cant wait to go into full production! Towards that end we have already placed a down payment on a first small batch of production units.
Updated Production Schedule
We know how important it is that we deliver Aurora to you quickly and have created a revised production schedule with our manufacturing team to help give you an idea of how close we really are to shipping.
We are going through the final revisions of last design deliverable- our electronics enclosure - now. Our manufacturing has already begun creating 5 production units for our testing and verification.
This will allow us to verify the full production build together for the first time. If everything goes well we can then move directly into full production, beginning the 3 month countdown till ship-day mentioned in our last update.
And that's it! We truly appreciate your patience while we finish this job the right way.
Circuit Design is Locked - In
We are proud to announce that our electronic designs have been printed, tested and are now 100% verified and locked-in.
This means we have fully moved our production resources to industrial design of the enclosure and moving faster than ever to our full manufacturing phase.
We have officially begun our alpha test program with our fully functional circuit boards. Our goal is to collect lots of sleep data and user testimonials quickly to make the most of the limited time we have before we ship Aurora to you.
Towards that end, we are collecting a library of clean & high quality biosensor sleep data to compared against our clinic-proven datasets. The other accelerometer-based sleep tracking methods on the market are inherently flawed and our biosensor solution stands out as the industry leader for commercial sleep tracking.
Slow wave sleep, or deep sleep, is considered important for consolidating new declarative memories. SWS is characterized by high-amplitude low-frequency brain oscillations.
REM is where dreams occur and consists of tonic and phasic REM stages. REM is characterized by sharp rapid eye movements with similarities to waking stages, featuring increased frontal gamma waves (25-40Hz) oscillations during lucid dreaming. Our sensors are designed to track gamma waves and provide a reliable marker of dream lucidity.
This dataset is quickly becoming the basis for our open source sleep research program - more details on that coming in our next update.
We plan to release our app before we ship Aurora, and hope to share the iOS alpha release date in our next update. Android users - don't worry!! - we will fully support Android!! We are creating our proof of concept on iOS first before we port the design over - this is a common strategy for startups since the iOS ecosystem is easier to develop on multiple devices quickly compared to the dozens of various Android iterations on the market.
iwinks at Clever Talks
Our CEO had the pleasure of speaking at Clever Talks - an incredible conference for thinkers changing the world. Danny shared the stage with Prince Ea and some other influential thinkers. We hope you enjoy iwinks' inception story and encourage you to take a chance to pursue YOUR DREAMS!
Believe it or not there is lots more exciting news brewing in the iwinks lab and we cant wait to share it with you!
Until next time, stay lucid!
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