Aurora Production Underway, LAST CHANCE to Preorder at Discounted Rate, Mobile App Progress and More!
Dear loyal backers,
Today we are closer than ever to shipping Aurora. We have finished our final circuit design and sent it off to be printed. The last design had a few minor bugs including poor signal quality and we knew we couldn't ship the design in that state. Our final design solves these problems and improves on Aurora's functionality while delivering on all of the additional features we promised during our kickstarter campaign.
Smallest & Lightest formfactor ever!
As you know Aurora's headband snaps onto the enclosure using conductive snap buttons to enable easy cleaning. We decided to move the snaps from the PCB to the enclosure as they introduced too much noise into our signal. This change means more precise onboard sleep tracking and a lighter, smaller formfactor less likely to impede sleep comfort.
Our battery life is now longer than ever with enhanced power savings features.
We have employed preventative measures to make sure that our firmware updates and tinkering developers will never brick the device.
This final iteration has led to increased delays and costs, but we knew it would be worth it. The good news is that we've never been more confident in our design. In fact we are so confident that we’ve already placed the full manufacturing order for our embedded biosensor solution.
We are now in the process of handing over our designs to our manufacturing partners to prepare for the final manufacturing run. They will be creating the final production prototypes while also implementing what is known as design for manufacturing - or modifying the prototype designs to make them easier to build in mass quantities.
That's right – at this point, the engineering work is done and the complete design is on its way to production. You heard us right, the design is officially out of our hands and entering production. Our manufacturing group is taking the latest design iteration and making the necessary changes to make it work with our final PCB, while preparing the (d)esign (f)or (m)anufacturing.
This is known as DFM and is best left to the experts. Meanwhile we are prototyping the latest circuit design to ensure all the fixes are good to go. This is now the final step in pre-production, and are excited to plow ahead into production.
Meanwhile, we are working diligently with our design team to develop the iwinks Web Service and App. As previously mentioned the free iwinks app will provide the following features:
- Friendly Alarm Clock Wakes You Gently
- Dream Journal Designed to Increase Dream Recall
- And More!!!
Aurora users will enjoy the following upgraded features:
- Seamless Control of Aurora's Settings
- Aurora Stimulus Creation
- Clinic-Validated Sleep Pattern Graphs
- And More!!!
Below is a sneak peak of the stimulus creation screen. We plan to nurture a community of oneironauts experimenting with new stimuli and this feature will fuel that effort.
Last Chance to Pre-Order Aurora at the Current Price!
As we roll out the final Aurora production design, iwinks mobile app and new website we will be raising our retail Aurora price to cover the resulting increasing costs. If you haven't already, this is officially your last chance to pre-order Aurora at the current price. We appreciate all of our kickstarter and preorder customers immensely and truly wouldn't have been able to do this without your help. Thanks for making our dream a reality.
On the blog
If you haven't yet, check out guest blogger and expert lucid dreaming author Robert Waggoner weigh in on how to use light stimulus for lucid dream induction. We plan to put his advice to use as we begin our alpha tests in the next few weeks!
In loving memory Robert K. Hunt
Three weeks ago the iwinks family suffered a tragic event when we lost our consulting circuit designer. Robert K Hunt was a pro engineer responsible for bringing many electronic devices to market including the first prototype for the Microsoft Band. His genius influenced many of Aurora's important design decisions. Robert had been helping us lay out our electronic design and we had nearly finished the job when he passed away unexpectedly. It was a tragic loss to his family, the San Diego tech community and the Aurora/iwinks team. He will be dearly missed. This update is dedicated to his memory.
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