we're so excited to give you a sneak peak of the final device designs (above) and box art for the Aurora:
The Aurora boxes are en route to our US facilities for order fulfillment!
Meanwhile, orders for higher-tier kickstarter backer ('lucid dreamer' level or higher) will continue to be fulfilled. If you are in these tiers please ensure you've filled out your Aurora user account info (link will be in your kickstarter direct messages) so that we may fulfill all orders in a timely fashion.
Finally and most importantly we wish you all a very happy new year!
We cant wait to share more good news soon!
the Aurora team
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As a gift to all of our backers, we are so excited to announce that The Aurora will come equipped with a previouslyunannounced feature! This feature expands the capabilities of Aurora: the sleep-and-dream enhancing headband. This exciting announcement tops the list of major new features supported in Aurora Patch 1.3.
But before we get to that, let's take care of a few administrative details:
We're Shipping More Early Access Devices
Address forms have now been sent to backers in both the "Developers Apprentice" and "Lucid Dreamer" (and higher) tiers via Kickstarter direct message. If you are a backer in one of these tiers please check your inbox and fill out the form and we will process your delivery as soon as possible. ("Lucid Dreamer" backers who submitted a questionnaire during the last round but did not yet receive a device will be fulfilled on this round). We look forward to shipping out your devices and as always, thank you to all our backers for your patience and support.
Now on to the fun..
Aurora Patch 1.3 Released … Introducing DreamSounds
All Aurora devices come equipped with a functional audio device on-board, adding elementary sound capabilities to the established repertoire of Aurora features.
Patch 1.3 Features:
DreamSounds Onboard: Enabling a new paradigm in Aurora REM-stimulation
Improved LED controls: Choose from several dazzling REM-lighting effects
Enhanced Sleep Summaries: Sleep summaries now indicate REM-stimulus events
Under the Hood: Various quality-of-life improvements, featuring streamlined data handling, bug fixes, and improved battery life
1) New DreamSounds Onboard!
With this exciting update Aurora has enabled a new paradigm of REM stimulation capabilities. Over the last few weeks, Aurora Early Access testers have been able to choose from a list of DreamSounds - or tones presented by The Aurora during REM - designed to subtly rouse the senses during dreams.
Many users have reported increased dream-stimulation successes with these features and we can't wait to share this feature with the next round of Early Access testers.
In a future update we will dive deeper into dream reports gathered since our last update on this topic. Note that the new feature has not changed our production schedule, as we originally designed Aurora's circuitry to include a sound generator. Finally, The Aurora still features wireless REM-signaling capabilities for developers and dream explorers willing to brave the uncharted waters of novel sleep and dream experimentation.
2) Improved LED Controls
Patch 1.3 expands on Aurora's LED controls announced in earlier updates. Users may now choose from new dazzling light features to get even more from Aurora's custom crafted ocular-stimulating LEDs.
3) Improved Sleep-Summaries
Patch 1.3 features a highly-anticipated feature that many testers have requested during testing: a way to indicate REM-stim events on our sleep summaries. Aurora Early Access testers love using this new feature and have reported increased levels of dream recall and lucid dreams.
Final product and packaging photos were recently taken and will be unveiled soon, along with an updated production schedule.
We’d like to thank you, our backers, for your sustained enthusiasm and excitement for the Aurora, and for remaining patient and supportive throughout the development process. We are as eager to ship Aurora as you have been to receive it. We’re nearly at the finish line, and we couldn't have made it without the trust and support of our backers.
As far as we know, we are the only team in history to completely bootstrap an EEG-based wearable consumer device. Where all other teams have been backed by V.C. or other means of private funding, we've remained 100% crowdfunded from concept to market, and remain indebted to our backers as we couldn't have accomplished this incredible feat without your help! If you continue to believe in what we are doing please talk about us, follow our social media channels (links below) and share this update with your friends and family. Each share helps to connect a growing community of dreamers and to educate the public on the newest developments at the frontier of sleep-enhancement technology.
Thank you and stay tuned - in the next update we will unveil the final Aurora device and packaging and share the upcoming shipment schedule. We look forward to shipping more Auroras soon.
Dear wonderful backers! We are so pleased to make some exciting announcements today!
We have received the next batch of 100 fully assembled Aurora Dreamband devices (up from 20 last time)! This will more than doubleour 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!
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 passedU.S. FCCsafety certifications!!
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.
[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!!
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!
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!
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 :)
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.
"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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!