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The Aurora headband plays lights and sounds for lucid dreaming with a smart alarm clock to help you sleep better.
The worlds first sleep-and-dream enhancing headband.
The worlds first sleep-and-dream enhancing headband.
1,428 backers pledged $239,094 to help bring this project to life.

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July Production and Announcements

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We are happy to report good news on our first large scale device production: 

Final Sample Preliminary Approval! 

The final Aurora production samples have arrived from our factories and we're excited to report they have have passed nearly all of our quality assurance tests! 

Final production headstraps at the factory
Final production headstraps at the factory

We discovered only one minor issue: our micro SD cards (Aurora's onboard memory) did not perform as well as samples sent by the vendor. Luckily we caught this issue early and are already sourcing and testing replacement cards. Once a solution is identified we will move forward with device fulfillment and purchase SD card stock to ensure we always have high quality cards (in case there is another worldwide shortage).

Aurora production in full swing
Aurora production in full swing

 

We are working on a solution in parallel while our manufacturing team finalizes production on the rest of the Aurora Kickstarter devices. We hope to be fulfilling these orders by our next update and promise to continue providing regular updates in the interim.

EA Devices shipped

We are now working with a reputable fulfillment service to expedite the processing and shipping of all remaining Aurora orders. 

EA device package
EA device package

This is important because:

  • EA box assembly now closely resembles the final product
  • We can now scale shipping volumes with no added effort from our team
  • This will effectively double the size of our user base

The next wave of Early Access devices have shipped to our new service and we are targeting end of next week to release them to EA customers. We apologize for the delays but believe them necessary as we work towards automating our order fulfillment protocol. Our goal is to have all future orders ship immediately.

Note* There are just a few hand-crafted EA devices left in stock before we move to shipping the final version of the Aurora device to customers. If you are interested in participating as an EA tester please contact us at support@iwinks.org with a short bio to be considered (you must provide proof of your Aurora purchase).

Aurora Mobile Released on TestFlight! 

Great news! Aurora Mobile has been approved and released on the official TestFlight for iOS! This is enabling us to quickly and easily distribute the app to all our iOS customers (Android app in development). 

Aurora Mobile dropping soon
Aurora Mobile dropping soon

 

We thank all the users who have helped test our apps and provided useful feedback leading directly to many improvements of the Aurora experience. We encourage all users (existing and new) to continue sharing your thoughts with us!!

For our Devs

Production has kept our team busy but we haven't forgotten about our developers! Pointing back to some of our early updates, we announced early intentions to make the Aurora platform fully open and easy to use. We wanted developers and casual hobbyists alike to be able to easily get up and running with developing on Aurora. 

We've put years into designing Aurora as a flexible open platform and fully intend to deliver on that promise and more. Please stay tuned as we get closer to unveiling details about the Aurora Open Platform.

Thank You

The Aurora has been made possible exclusively by backers just like you, who believe in our mission, product and the power of sleep and dreaming. As an entirely crowdfunded start-up, your individual decision to back and support our project has helped to achieve our collective goal. Because of you, we have succeeded in making the Aurora Dreamband a reality. We’d like to thank each of you for investing in the future of wearable-sleep-technology.

If you haven’t already, please join us & our growing community. Pre-order your Aurora at the special discounted pre-order price today!

Sweet Dreams!

June Production Newsletter

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Final Samples & Kickstarter Shipping Schedule!

As of this letter, all Aurora Kickstarter parts (batteries, chips, circuit boards, plastics, etc) have arrived at our factories and we await delivery of the final Aurora production samples. Once we receive and approve these samples, the factory will proceed with the last production milestone: complete Aurora kickstarter device assembly! With all other assets ready and waiting to be fulfilled, this is truly the final step before we can ship kickstarter devices to you!

Flashing Aurora's Brains Before Assembly
Flashing Aurora's Brains Before Assembly

 

If these production samples are immediately approved, lead time estimates indicate we would receive your Kickstarter devices July / August and be ready to ship them to you immediately. In the meantime we will keep working to increase future production outputs, fulfill hand-built Early Access (EA) devices and provide regular updates until you're all sleeping and dreaming better!

Device User Guide is Ready to Print
Device User Guide is Ready to Print

 

Software Updates

We are proud to announce major software releases for both Aurora Desktop and Aurora Mobile this month. Aurora Mobile users will now be able to control the device from their smartphones. Mobile users will also be the first to experience our new Smart Alarm feature, helping them wake up at the optimal point in their sleep cycles while continuing to enjoy our patented REM Stim features helping you remember more dreams and get closer to your lucid dreaming goals - now all wireless!

Aurora Desktop also supports wireless functionality although it has undergone a heavy overhaul with new core features like an automatic bug reporting feature to help us scale more quickly and an all-new in-app terminal as the first officially supported Aurora developer feature. Now our developers will be able to exercise greater control over their device in real time, thus reducing development time for new Aurora software built on our fully open platform (we'll dive deeper into Aurora's OPEN features in a future update).

New In-App Terminal at the Bottom of the Screen
New In-App Terminal at the Bottom of the Screen

 

Note* Aurora OS is completely updatable so we will continue to improve our hardware, software and developer features after all devices have shipped!

Shipping EA devices

The final group of EA testers have been waiting so patiently to receive their devices, and we would like to say Thank You! Due to a software compatibility issue, we were forced to delay the final wave of EA shipments until the software releases this month.
Exclusive Early Access (EA) Devices fully assembled and ready to ship
Exclusive Early Access (EA) Devices fully assembled and ready to ship

An online forum has been created for all our testers to share their passion and ideas for the future of the Aurora platform. Forum login information and shipping addresses will be provided/requested via a kickstarter direct message when your device is ready to ship. Non-EA backers will be notified the same way pending our mass production schedule discussed above.


Thank You!

The Aurora has been made possible exclusively by backers just like you, who believe in our mission, product and the power of sleep and dreaming. As an entirely crowdfunded start-up, your individual decision to back and support our project has helped to achieve our collective goal. Because of you, we have succeeded in making the Aurora Dreamband a reality. We’d like to thank each of you for investing in the future of wearable-sleep-technology.  

If you haven’t already, please join us & our growing community. 
Pre-order your Aurora at the special discounted pre-order price today !

Kickstarter Device Production Continues

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It's that time of the month again! Lots of great news coming at you today so let’s dig in.

Manufacturing Update 

Last month we announced mass production had begun for all remaining Kickstarter devices. This month we are excited to update you on that progress. This is our largest order yet, representing the final sprint of the final lap of our collective journey. Our team is now counting down the days until releasing this incredible product to all of our backers. 

 


Last month we were awaiting the arrival of Aurora’s electronic parts. Today, all of the necessary parts have arrived at our factories and electronics assembly has officially begun! The next steps will be full electronics module assembly, installing device software and finally, packaging and shipping! 

Aurora Module Final Production Version
Aurora Module Final Production Version

 

Our current lead time estimates are 60 days to receive all finished Kickstarter devices and begin shipping. Pre-order customers, don’t fret! Your orders will be fulfilled immediately after the Kickstarter devices. We are working with various shipping and fulfillment services now to ensure that we will be ready to ship the thousands of Auroras ASAP. Meanwhile, our team remains committed to hand-assembling any remaining stock left in our local facility - we are scheduled to ship another 100 EA units this month.

Aurora App Updates

We are excited to expand progress on all fronts for Aurora’s apps this month. Aurora mobile (iOS) is in its final days before launch to EA testers, and Aurora Desktop will be releasing its 2.0 version!

Our mobile developers are working hard on the final version which will be submitted to the App Store for approval after distributed testing. This app release will be fully functional, supporting all essential basic wireless app/device features: 

  • Adjusting device settings
  • Reviewing and managing sleep 
  • Wireless Firmware updates 

Aurora Mobile for iOS will power the Aurora Kickstarter devices shipping soon and our Android App is trailing closely behind. We are pleased to welcome our 2nd Android developer to the team this month!

This month we celebrate the release of Aurora Desktop 2.0. Our powerful Desktop App is the glue behind the Aurora platform, providing our power users with deep control over the full spectrum of Aurora capabilities: controlling and designing dream stim settings, enabling at-home sleep experiments and empowering users to log their sleep and dreams into our growing open AI database. Each EA user already has complete access to their raw Aurora data for further analysis! This major release will be distributed immediately to our EA testers very soon, and will be made available for free to all Kickstarter and Pre-order backers. Order now, as https://sleepwithaurora.com/aurora 

Thank You for your Support

Today iWinks remains the ONLY fully bootstrapped startup to bring a brain-sensing wearable device to market. This has been made possible exclusively by backers just like you, who believe in our mission and product. Because of the collective support we have received, and your individual decision to back and support our project, we have been able to turn the Aurora Dreamband into a reality.  

Aurora aims to help you optimize your energy and receive the full benefits from your dreams! It seems that more and more people are taking notice, and we are happy to see that our community is steadily growing. If you haven’t already, please join us today and pre-order your Aurora before the full retail price goes up!

All Remaining Kickstarter Devices in Production!

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Manufacturing Update

Over the last month, our team has been focused on manufacturing the remaining Aurora Kickstarter devices. We are in the first phase of large scale mass production: assembling the electronics modules, or Aurora’s brains. We’re working closely with our numerous manufacturing partners to ensure this very important build goes smoothly.

The final manufactured Aurora device!
The final manufactured Aurora device!

 

We have placed the order for all components and currently awaiting parts with the longest lead times to arrive. We have also invested in stocking these items to expedite future orders. As soon as they arrive we will begin assembling the device electronics, then move forward with full assembly, testing, packaging and finally shipping the remainder of our Kickstarter orders.

Upgrades! Upgrades!

We are excited to announce the final version of Aurora's Bluetooth firmware has been released and is undergoing internal testing. This update will completely change the game for Aurora users by providing full wireless communication with our mobile and desktop apps.

 

Our engineering team is fleshing out the necessary app-side upgrades to take advantage of Aurora's new wireless capabilities. Testing these features is the final software hurdle before Aurora officially supports all our original Kickstarter campaign promises! Meanwhile Aurora Desktop is undergoing heavy maintenance towards a 2.0 release. We look forward to fulfilling our list of standing device pre-orders and creating inventory for future customers!

To Our Supporters

Thank you to our backers and pre-order customers, and we all owe a special thanks to our distributed Early Access testing team. Our 100% crowdfunded project has been made possible thanks only to contributions from people like you, all over the world. All proceeds go directly towards developing our sleep and dream-enhancing wearable platform, Aurora.

If you have not yet purchased your Aurora, pre-orders can be placed here at the discounted pre-order rate. Once we catch up with our pre-order queue the sale price will rise to full retail price, so order today!

As always, we will continue to keep you updated on our steady progress and look forward to shipping more units to our backers!

Sincerely, 

The Aurora Team 

Mass Production Update #12

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Mass Production  

Last month we promised to soon increase the Aurora Dreamband production order volume. Today we are excited to deliver on that promise. 

Learn what Aurora can do to enhance your sleep and dreams!
Learn what Aurora can do to enhance your sleep and dreams!

 

Just last week we placed our largest manufacturing order to date — accounting for the remainder of outstanding Kickstarter devices. This means that all Kickstarter units are going to be assembled and ready to ship within the next quarter. Meanwhile, our apps are nearly ready for public release and Aurora device packaging arrives within the next week. It's an exciting time to be an Aurora backer!

More Auroras fresh off the assembly line
More Auroras fresh off the assembly line
 

        

For quality control purposes, the last several months of early shipment waves were small and domestic to closely monitor Aurora user experiences in the field. Due to this effort, our team is confident in the strength and durability of the final Aurora design. Backers in the upcoming waves can expect to receive a more packaged & polished Aurora Dreamband!

  

While our manufacturing partners are busy building the remaining Kickstarter orders, the iWinks engineering team remains focused on testing and polishing the final software, so that users may enjoy complete access to the Aurora sleep and dream enhancement services.

iOS App

The Aurora’s iOS software is in its final stages of closed testing. Users can set alarm times and sounds, toggle REM stim settings, view sleep summaries and log nights of sleep to the cloud. The upcoming mobile release will unlock the powerful capabilities you've watched us spend years engineering into the Aurora Dreamband.

Aurora Connected!
Aurora Connected!

 

The Aurora Desktop software has assisted us in testing the value of the Aurora’s various features with real users. The release of our upcoming mobile app signifies our first step out of the beta stage and into the official pre-launch stage. Thank you to all testers and backers for your patience and support as we've lead the revolution in wearable sleep and dream enhancement technologies.

Borealis V1.4.2

Since the last update, we’ve received several requests from backers who want to learn more about the functionality and feel of the Aurora Desktop. This short animation of an Aurora user navigating the “REM Stimulation” profile shows the level of flexibility users are already enjoying thanks to the Aurora Desktop software.

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A quick illustration of the Aurora's desktop application in action.

Our engineering team continues to make great strides developing exciting new features for the Aurora user experience, powered exclusively by Aurora Desktop - for now. We plan to provide software updates for the final version of the device via our mobile apps. Until then, our 'power users' who continue to challenge us for greater control over their Aurora have played a critical role in new feature development and we thank them for their contributions and insights. 

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Aurora Desktop Firmware Version 1.4.2 is being prepared for release to our test group and features several critical features that will improve the quality of life for all future users.

Thank you!

As always, we would like to acknowledge all of our original backers, pre-order customers, and those of you who have recently joined our growing community. If you have not yet purchased your Aurora but would like to contribute to our 100% crowd funded project, pre-orders can still be made at our website at a special pre-order price. Thanks again for your continued patience and support, and for making an investment in the future of wearable sleep enhancing technology! 

Sweet Dreams! 

The Aurora Team