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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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Packaging & Order Fulfillment Begins!

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Attention Kickstarter Backers: we need your shipping addresses and phone numbers! Read below!
Attention Kickstarter Backers: we need your shipping addresses and phone numbers! Read below!

Greetings Aurora backers,

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we're ramping up Aurora Kickstarter device order fulfillment this month!

Aurora is the Original Sleep and Dream Enhancing Headband!
Aurora is the Original Sleep and Dream Enhancing Headband!

 

*Attention All Kickstarter backers* please go to the Aurora customer portal, create an account and submit your (I) shipping address and (II) phone number. We need this information from all backers to proceed with shipments and we're missing half of you in our system!

Aurora Packaging & Fulfillment

As of this update, all kickstarter devices, boxes and accessories have landed at our US facilities and are accounted for! After years of hard work building up to this moment it is an absolute pleasure to be packaging them for you now.  We plan to ship all remaining Early Access (EA) devices to customers by the end of next week at which point we will move on to shipping out final kickstarter devices.

the Aurora device packaging assembly line
the Aurora device packaging assembly line

 

We're working 'round-the-clock to package the final Aurora Kickstarter devices to meet these shipping deadlines. Please stay tuned to your app.iwinks.io account for updates on your order and please ensure you have submitted an updated address & phone #. We will post a new update before the kickstarter devices start shipping. 

Welcome New Users! 

A 3rd wave of Aurora EA devices shipped to customers this week and we welcome these new testers! We look forward to the critical feedback they will provide towards helping to improve our user experience and evolving Aurora's features. Many of these users have already received their devices; a special shout-out to to EA user Jonathan Cervantes for sharing his Aurora EA unboxing experience online (see it on our channels)!

Mobile App Progress

We're also pleased to report that the fully functional Aurora iOS App has been performing well in field tests. We're just ironing out final kinks before submitting to the App Store for approval, however for now all new customers with iOS phones will be provided access to the App via Testflight. 

 


We're also pleased to report rapid progress on the Aurora Android App this month. Many of our backers own Android phones so we are expediting this process to meet fulfillment deadlines. The first functional Aurora Android App build is scheduled to go into active testing less than 2 weeks from now.

Thank You & Preorder Today

Thanks for supporting Aurora: the original sleep and dream enhancing headband! If you haven't already, its not too late to preorder Aurora at the discounted price. Act now as the final price will go up soon!

Aurora has remained a 100% grassroots project since day 1. This means people just like you who believed in our mission have exclusively made Aurora possible. This approach allowed us to stay fully committed to our original campaign promises to you. We are so grateful for this opportunity and promise not to stop until Aurora is in your hands as originally promised over 4 years ago. 

We've dedicated ourselves to this mission and encourage you to preorder Aurora today before the price goes up! If you cant afford Aurora right now, thats ok - you can still help by sharing this update on social media! Follow us on

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We are very excited about the coming weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned; lots more in store!

team Aurora

 

Production Complete & Address Forms Released!

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Attention Kickstarter Backers! Click link below to submit you address info!
Attention Kickstarter Backers! Click link below to submit you address info!

Attention All Backers!

We are most pleased to announce that all kickstarter devices are shipping to our US facilities for order fulfillment! As promised, this means it's time to collect addresses from all of our kickstarter customers!

Please use this link and create your account at the Aurora customer portal if you backed us on kickstarter. (Note you must use the same email linked to your kickstarter account when creating your Aurora account). Once logged in, please complete our brief questionnaire and submit your address information. Then, kindly await further instructions from us. 

Thank you for placing your trust in us nearly 4 years ago. We are so excited to deliver on all of Aurora's original campaign promises!

Aurora is no longer DREAM but REALITY ... all thanks to you!
Aurora is no longer DREAM but REALITY ... all thanks to you!

 

As promised, we will continue to provide monthly updates until all Aurora orders have shipped.

Each Aurora Dreamband is sewn by hand according to our rigorous design specifications.
Each Aurora Dreamband is sewn by hand according to our rigorous design specifications.

 

 

The Lucid Dreaming Experience

Aurora was designed from the ground-up to be the worlds first smart lucid dream induction device because thats why you backed us and thats what we did.

While Aurora is now a reality, there is still much work to be done. Preorder now and join the worlds largest lucid dreaming experiment!
While Aurora is now a reality, there is still much work to be done. Preorder now and join the worlds largest lucid dreaming experiment!

 

How reliably does Aurora induce lucid dreams?

Today, lucid dreaming has been validated by various independent research teams around the world, and is no longer contested by mainstream science. This wasnt always the case. In comparison, the state of research behind safe lucid dream induction via audio-visual stimuli appears today as the lucid dreaming literature did just 20-30 years ago: a handful of sparse studies indicate promising results. Until now, such publications exhibited varying success rates and potential dependence on prior experience.

We want everyone to experience lucid dreams, not just the experts. Thats why we've been working with the world's leading experts in lucid dreaming to crystallize this knowledge and deliver it alongside Aurora.

That's Why we Built Aurora

Aurora was designed to offer answers to questions like this and address many other challenges facing modern dream science. Because more basic research is needed before lucid dreaming can become a household commodity, we've been fully committed to leading the charge in Open Sleep Science, a promise we made way back in Dec 2013(!). In order for scientific studies to be trusted, results must be significant and most importantly, repeatable. By purchasing and using Aurora you are contributing to the worlds first & largest in-home lucid dreaming experiment!

We've remained faithfully dedicated to this promise and are pleased to announce that all kickstarter backers will receive immediate access to the first public release of the Aurora open API when receiving their devices. 

We've spent the last 4 years working with sleep and dream science experts at clinics and universities to build Aurora correctly the first time.
We've spent the last 4 years working with sleep and dream science experts at clinics and universities to build Aurora correctly the first time.

 

As we proudly ship the world's first smart lucid induction device we feel responsible for setting a high standard of scientific transparency. We remain fully committed to keeping Aurora's lucid dream induction results open and honest

Thank You!

If you haven't already, its not too late to preorder Aurora at the discounted price! But act now as Aurora wont stay at this price for long! 

As a reminder, Aurora has no financial equity investors and has been made possible thanks exclusively to people just like you. Our grassroots approach allowed us to remain 100% committed to all original campaign promises since the beginning and we are so grateful to you for this opportunity.

So please, take part in the action and order your Aurora now before the price goes up. And if you cant afford Aurora right now, thats ok! You can still help us by sharing this with your friends

To all of our dedicated backers, thank you, thank you, thank you!

We love delivering good news and the next update cant come soon enough! 

until then, sweet dreams!

The Aurora Team

Stay connected with Aurora on social media:

@SleepwithAurora on twitter
@SleepwithAurora on twitter

 

 

@SleepwithAurora on Facebook
@SleepwithAurora on Facebook

 

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!