We are happy to announce that we have shipped out the first Aurora Dreamband beta units to our Master-Developer kickstarter backers!
You read that right! We are shipping units to the first backers! These lucky supporters will get to test out our fully-functional prototype units! While this is not yet full-blown production (update coming on that soon), this is a first pivotal step towards satisfying all of our kickstarter rewards!
Aurora Dreambands are now on their way to our MVBs (Most Valuable Backers) all over the world!
Lets Dream Together!
So far, people have really enjoyed testing Aurora Dreamband and have shared some exciting dreams with us experienced while wearing it! One subject reported having much more clarity during his dreams when testing Aurora - more than he has had in years! Another reported the ability to fly (although we are are mystified by the fact that no stimulus was even presented that night..)
Given all of our early success we are excited to open up our testing to the public and to introduce our distributed testing utility - Borealis.
As we finalize our smartphone app, borealis will let us rapidly deploy new solutions to our growing user base and collect valuable feedback automatically. This utility is critical because:
(1) USB firmware updates means testers can seamlessly stay up to date with the latest and greatest builds from our engineering team with a single click.
(2) Dreams are very personal and unique to each individual as are everyone's brainwaves. The more users we have testing our platform and contributing data to our algorithms the better our dream and sleep-enhancing solutions will become.
Aurora Dreamband Full Production
Our manufacturing partners have been making great progress in getting the Aurora Dreambands built and assembled!
We have already received the first large batch of fully assembled circuits, batteries and SD cards. We are now waiting to receive the plastic case samples built using our rapid injection mold tool, and the final headband production samples. The most recent headband samples came out really great and are much more comfortable than our pre-production models, so the hold up remains to be the plastic cases. We are scheduled to receive the plastic case samples by the end next week.
Since we are working exclusively with local domestic manufacturing partners now, we are keeping a close eye on production while developing the quality assurance tests for the final Aurora units.
Today we are setting out on a journey together - a journey into a very personal space. Therefore it is important to us that you - our stakeholders - stay happy!
While we will always cherish our beloved lucid dreamer community without whom we would not be where we are today, there have been many recent comments from backers and preorder customers who are understandably upset about the production delays.
So we would like to host a live conversation about iwinks - covering production, Aurora Dreamband, dreaming, sleeping or anything else you'd like to discuss regarding this kickstarter campaign and/or your webstore preorder.
We will be announcing the time and date for our Livestream(s) on our facebook page. We will try to host a few of these sessions over this weekend so keep an eye out for the link! We invite all of you to join in on the discussion over there.
We are so close to finishing this project and we want to thank you all so much for your commitment and patience during the course of this project. Even after everybody receives their Aurora, the journey will only be just beginning. We'll have more good news for you soon!