Dear wonderful backers! We are so pleased to make some exciting announcements today!
We have received the next batch of 100 fully assembled Aurora Dreamband devices (up from 20 last time)! This will more than double our test group size and allow us to collect even more critical feedback from testers before we ship the remaining units. However the real value of this milestone is that - on the manufacturing end - we are ready to go into full mass production!
While we get these devices ready to ship to the next wave of Early Access testers by the end of November, we are continuing to work with our manufacturing partners to meet our full delivery deadlines (read more below). This will be the 2nd wave of Early Access units delivered, and we cant wait to hear what kind of awesome lucid dreams our next group of Early Access testers will have with their Auroras!!
You are reading this right: we are prepared to make the next mass-production order the big one. The wait is almost over ... we are getting ready to build thousands of units to fulfill all of our kickstarter and webstore preorders! Meanwhile, we are working with our Early Access testers and development teams to continue improving our UX for the rest of our backers.
Safety Certifications Update
We are proud to announce that Aurora Dreamband has officially passed U.S. FCC safety certifications!!
This means that Dreamband is certified 100% completely safe for use in the United States! We are now awaiting our EU and Japanese certifications, since we want Dreamband to be safe by major globally-recognized standards.
For safety, we will await final certifications to be completed before placing the full order for our electronics. We are using this time to prepare all of the other final manufacturing materials - our brain-sensing headbands, device packaging, USB cables and any other 'extras' that might go into the box ;)
Updated Production Schedule
Back in September, we announced new launch dates. Today we are proud to still be on schedule for that proposed timeline. We have updated that timeline and recreated it below for your convenience.
I) Prototype Development & Testing
[2014/2015 - Completed!]
Aurora's core intelligence and powerful wireless capabilities were expertly crafted into a small circuit board. A custom housing and light delivery mechanism was designed over 5 case design iterations and dozens of headband designs, converging on our final device form-factor: a comfy headband with powerful sensors perfect for sleep and LEDs guaranteed to reach your eyes. Our fabric brainwave sensors took lots of work to get right. We're glad we put in the time and you will be too!
- Soft fabric sensors replace the hard metal disc electrodes used in our campaign
- Hardware designs completed
- Firmware development begins
II) Beta Testing
[January 2016 - Completed!!]
Beta Testing was our first phase of public data collection and was critical in helping us prepare Aurora Dreamband for the general public. We wanted to fully understand how our sensors worked out in the real world. Testers slept with the device in passive (recording-only) mode. We collected gigabytes of sleep data, refined our algorithms, and squashed dozens of bugs. Beta testing is now over - thank you to our beta testers!
- iOS app development begins
- Early Beta units distributed
III) Early Access Program
[September 2016 - In Progress Now!]
select backers who are so excited to help test the device, they are willing to forego the final device packaging and test out or beta-version software.
These lucky users are the first on earth to fully experience Aurora Dreamband's revolutionary lucid dreaming capabilities. These devices provide all the functionality of the final device without the final aesthetics or packaging. The fun has already begun (we shared real in-field user testimonials last time!) and continues today with our next batch of units being prepared for more testers.
- iOS app development continues.
- Android app development begins.
- Borealis app update #1 is released, expanding light stimulus features for testers to explore!
- Device Safety Certifications completed.
[Estimated - December 2016]
Devices shipped during this final pre-launch phase will more closely resemble the final product in both aesthetics and functionality. The fun is ramping up!
- New Feature Announced!!!
- Branded Device / Headband.
- iOS app public testing begins.
- Android App development continues.
V) Aurora Dreamband Full Product Launch!
[Estimated Q1/2 2017]
Full packaging, polished devices, and apps supporting the revolutionary Aurora Dreamband official release! The real fun begins - we engage our incredible development and research communities on our API and SDK documentation which will carry Aurora into the future.
- Final devices ship to all backers / preorder customers! All thanks to people like you!
- iOS app released to public
- Borealis app released to public
- Android app public testing begins
Thank You for Your Support!
We truly couldn't have done this without your help and want to remind everyone that when we launched our campaign, we were just a small team tasked with 2 very difficult problems: creating a revolutionary wearable device and a new market. We knew this meant we would have to carry the burden of education about our space while also being first-to-market with the world's first ever bio-sensing lucid dreaming device.
Today, our work has already impacted people all around the world. Our testers are reporting having lucid dreams that they otherwise wouldn't have had, while more and more enthusiastic makers and creators are taking stabs at the wide-open world of dream augmentation. As the thought leaders of our space, we promise to continue educating and providing the best solutions available so that our new industry will flourish and benefit all mankind.
And its all thanks to support from people like you... So thank you thank you thank you!!