Exciting news: last week, we shipped Auroras to ALL backers in the Developer’s Apprentice tier! Those backers are now receiving their Auroras, unboxing them and trying them for the very first time!
We’re doing a top-down fulfillment of all kickstarter orders by backing amount, moving down the list tier-by-tier. The only exceptions were Early Access applicants.
It’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, because of all the long delays, we thought we'd share some videos! Our wonderful backers have been sharing their unboxing experiences. Links below!
Aurora users contribute to a vibrant forum and help us drive the Aurora offering forward. In exchange, they receive real-time support and consistent device updates.
If you are still waiting to receive your device, fear not as you will be fulfilled soon! Please be patient and allow our team to continue the steady fulfillment progress.
See you on the other side!
If you havent yet, preorder Aurora:
the world's first brain-sensing headband for better sleep and dreams.
Do it before final price increases (this will happen once all standing orders have been fulfilled).
All Aurora orders (kickstarter and webstore) will ship with a FREE microfelt drawstring carrying bag specially designed for Aurora!
It's perfect for storing your Aurora and charging cable bedside, traveling, or at the office for that afternoon power-nap! This is just our small way of saying thank you to all the patient backers who waited years to receive their device.
Kickstarter Aurora Fulfilment Progress
This week, we have shipped our largest batch to date: 100 new Auroras are headed to our KS backers! We expect these devices to be delivered by the end of next week.
We will work closely with these backers to monitor user experience and software stability; we value your sleep and are determined to ensure Aurora works well in the field before shipping the remaining devices.
As specified in our kickstarter reward tier descriptions, we are prioritizing higher-tier backers first (unless otherwise specified, there is an exception for Early Access users) until all orders are fulfilled.
All Aurora apps are reported stable and in continued testing.
New Aurora Desktop and Aurora Firmware versions were releasedrecently, featuring streamlined visuals, new device features (like button-press-monitoring and other neat additions), and a greatly improved sleep staging algorithm. Aurora's algorithms are constantly evolving thanks to fresh data provided by our users. The new algorithm performs with ~ 90% accuracy in a full-cross-validation scheme. (This is just fancy machine learning talk for it works really well!)
Aurora Mobile: iOS is now stable among users. Meanwhile Aurora Mobile: Android is nearly out of development and will be ready for user testing soon. Our main goal is to have both mobile apps on their respective app stores by the time of KS device fulfillment.
Meanwhile, existing users are keeping us busy with fresh sleep data and dream reports submitted daily. The results have been astonishing. Here are a few new reports from users wearing Aurora at home:
"I’ve used Aurora 7 times in the past two weeks and last night included a dream that felt more lucid than usual. A mentor was walking with me through a large atrium, not unlike the main concourse of Grand Central Station. Along the way, I was making eye contact with a number of individuals as they approached me from various angles.
To one person who came up alongside me on the left, I said, “Do you have someone like this in your life?,” referring to my mentor. He gently shook his head and quietly said no. Overall, I felt like I was in control of the interactions I was having along the way."
Ben, 28, California
“Actively creating the world around me from a wider perspective. Seemed to stabilize and prolong the entire lucid dream. VERY cool. I practiced some dream yoga... made a flower pop out of the ground.. it was like 5 feet tall. One of my most successful so far”
Jim, 26, Canada
“I have been able to successfully induce lucid dreams multiple times using many different light settings on the Aurora. ”
Terry, 46, UK
Get Those Preorders In!
Preorder now before the price goes up to the full retail price of $349! Act now and receive an additional 15% off your preorder by using the discount code 'DREAMWITH15' at checkout!
As we come to the tail end of our campaign, and likely the last few kickstarter updates, we want to thank our community once again for your continued support.
We are the first team in history to bring a 100% grassroots neurotech wearable device to the consumer market. Without you this project never would have happened, and we are forever grateful for the opportunity. Thank you and remember ...
*Attention All Kickstarter backers* please make sure you have created a customer account at the Aurora customer portal at https://app.iwinks.io/signup
Please make sure you've submitted your (I) shipping address and (II) phone number. We need this information to proceed with your shipment.
October Shipment Details
Last month we shipped our largest wave of Aurora Early Access (EA) devices to customers all over the world. These enthusiastic new users have been providing critical feedback and sleep data since then. As a result, we're releasing a new update that significantly improves Aurora's UX and algorithm performance over prior builds.
The final Aurora EA devices have arrived at our fulfillment center and will be distributed within the next few days. Meanwhile, the first Aurora Pre-Release (AKA final Kickstarter) devices are being packaged by our team. We expect to ship this first wave of Pre-Release devices to kickstarter backers this month. Pre-Release devices more closely resemble the final product in both aesthetic and functionality.
Hurricane Irma impacted Aurora order processing operations, setting our team back roughly 2-3 weeks. As a result, the Aurora team really stepped up to put in long days and nights to make up for the lost time. Today we are caught back up to the original schedule however our hearts are still with the real victims of Hurricane Irma.
Android App Development Progress
Our first Aurora Android app is now officially in closed-testing and we expect to be testing the fully functional app prototype by the end of the month. The app is already fully functional minus wireless/BLE features, as those features live in our Android SDK. The Android SDK was also finished last month and is now being plugged into Aurora Android.
Note* we plan to release both iOS and Android SDKs to developers after both apps launch and in-field stability verified.
Thank You, Preorder Today
Thanks for supporting Aurora: the original sleep and dream enhancing headband. It's not too late to preorder your Aurora at a discounted price! For a limited time, use the discount code 'DREAMWITH15' during checkout to save %15, or nearly $50! Preorders will be fulfilled immediately after Kickstarter customers receive their Auroras. 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. We are so grateful for this opportunity and thank our backers for their support.
If you cant afford Aurora right now, that's ok - you can still help by sharing this update on social media! Follow us on Twitter & Facebook
We are very excited about the coming weeks and months ahead.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that we're ramping up Aurora Kickstarter device order fulfillment this month!
*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.
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
We are most pleased to announce that all kickstarter devices are shippingto our US facilities for order fulfillment!As promised, this means it's time to collect addresses from all of our kickstarter customers!
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!
As promised, we will continue to provide monthly updates until all Aurora orders have shipped.
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.
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.
As we proudly ship the world's first smart lucid induction device we feel responsible for setting a high standard of scientifictransparency. We remain fully committed to keeping Aurora's lucid dream induction results open and honest.
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.