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Last time updated on 21 May, 2024
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21 May, 2024
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Take the Founder Feedback Survey 📋

Last update, we eagerly announced that we've placed the order for all of the components that go into making the Bía Smart Sleep Mask.

We expected this update to be the time where we announced concrete shipping dates, but as I've learned with developing hardware, it's never that simple.

Summary: We're working with our factories to get things right, we'll be on-site with them to work through any setbacks, and we're striving to get a Bía Sleep Mask in your hands as soon as possible.

Production 🤖

Foam & Fabric

We've completed a major milestone! Our latest samples are soft and comfortable 🛏️ We're currently wrapping up the final details at the factory to make sure each of the layers indexes properly.

Housings, Light Pipes, Speaker Mounts, and more...

These parts are ready for final assembly 🙌

Electronics

We've encountered issues in the manufacturing process where our star chip, the one that monitors brain activity, required specialized equipment to assemble that our local manufacturer didn't have available. 

Good news: We found a fix! We've made changes to the design, we've selected an alternative factory, and manufacturing has begun. However, because we made changes, it will take an additional 60 days to print and assemble the chips.

Timeline ⏰

The problem with the chipset plus final indexing with the foam pushes the Beta program back 60-90 days, which unfortunately, pushes back delivery of Early Bird to later in Q4 this year.

We know timeline delays are the last thing you want to hear, however, we're not going to send you a product that's half-baked (which seems to be the trend these days).

Your standards are high, our standards are high, and we would rather push the shipping date instead of shipping a product we're not proud of. 

We're sorry for delaying a second time. To prevent additional delays, we'll be visiting our manufacturers in China to oversee production and assembly of Beta.

If we have to build the Bía Sleep Mask with our own hands to deliver it to you, we'll do it. 

Communication 📣

We want to do better. Many of you have reached out for more frequent updates and we want to come up with a schedule that works for everyone. Please take a minute to give us feedback through our quick 4-question survey.

Take the Founder Feedback Survey

Requests ⭐

1️⃣ If you've worked with an electronics manufacturer and have been happy with their results we would love an introduction. It's always good to have backup options 

2️⃣ We're visiting factories for foam, fabric, velcro, and light guides soon. Have you visited China in the past? We would appreciate your tips! 

3️⃣ When you get a second, let us know how we can improve by filling out the Founder Feedback Survey 

Thanks again for all your support and as always, feel free to reply to this email with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Sleep well,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
25 Mar, 2024
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Beta is closed. Colors are locked in.

Michael here with some exciting news!

We have officially closed the Beta program 🙌

We've placed the order for our chipsets, fabrics, foams, and the many other components that go into creating the Bía Smart Sleep Mask 🎉 it's real, and it's finally coming together 

We expect the factories to take 8-10 weeks to acquire parts, begin assembly, and run through our QA processes. Andrew and I are personally visiting the factories, assembling Beta Masks, and making sure our firmware is loaded to ensure everything is working right before your mask is shipped.

This means we'll have Beta Smart Sleep Masks ready to ship in June.

If you're joining us for Beta, watch your email for updates and surveys over the next month.

Let's talk color 🎨

Thank you to everyone who completed the Color survey! After calculating the results, the answer became clear: Keep the original Grey and Black Skins and add Green and Blue as Premium Skins.

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What is a Premium Skin?

The outer layer of the Bía Sleep Mask is removable allowing you to change the color by switching the skin. Premium skins are additional colors shipped separately.

How can I purchase a Black, Blue, or Green Skin?

Black, Blue, and Green are available as Premium skins that you can swap on and off your Bía Smart Sleep Mask. For a limited time, we're offering Black, Blue, and Green.

What happened to Beige, Red, and Gold?

While we were excited to offer all of the colors we had to narrow down it down to a select few for launch.

What about patterns, pastels, purples, and other great colors?

We hear you loud and clear and we will work hard to expand the color selection over the next year.

Thanks again for all your support and as always, feel free to reply to this email with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Sleep well,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
07 Mar, 2024
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Golden Prototype

Michael here, I'm excited to show you the colors we've selected for the Bía Smart Sleep Mask!

Vote for your favorite color

It will only take a minute 😃

⭐ What's New

Golden Prototype 🤩 When we started Bia I never thought foam would be our biggest stressor. Getting it right has been a journey but I'm happy to report that the end is in sight! We're on track to finish our "Golden Prototype" this month with full production moving into late April.

Hardware Schedule 🇨🇦 We've placed an order with a Canadian manufacturer to create chipsets for Beta. Choosing local was a big decision! It allows us to visit the factory, communicate efficiently, and ensure the chips we deliver are well-tested and of the highest quality.

As always, reply to this email with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Sleep well,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
31 Jan, 2024
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2024 is looking good!

We're on track to launch the Beta program in April, with full production shipping in early Q3

⭐ What's New

We've made great progress! 🤩 The manufacturing delay with the foam has allowed us to shift our attention to the little details: tuning our foam-conduction speakers, miniaturizing the electronics, and running tests on our batteries.

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App Development 📱 We're working with a leading UX designer to create an amazing in-app experience for you. We're also planning out new features never seen in a sleep-tracker before such as tracking your Energy Forecast throughout the day.

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Neural Music Soundscape 🎵 We've been working with a very talented team of neuroscientists over the last 3 months to create our first Neural Music experience designed to double your deep sleep, reduce the time it takes for you to fall asleep, and decrease tossing and turning throughout the night.

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New Hires 👥 Some say it takes a village... at Bía, we're building a city. We've welcomed 4 full-time employees and a countless number of contractors to help us with everything from firmware to electrical engineering, to cloud development.

⚡ Requests

Do you know an angel investor who is looking to join the growing sleep tech space? If so, I would appreciate an introduction.

As always, reply to this email with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Sleep well,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
09 Nov, 2023
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We've Made Great Progress

While we have a lot of great progress to share in this update, we also have some disappointing but not unsurprising news.

Watch the video update for more information on our production schedule, deadlines, and shipping updates.

⭐ What's New

Black, Gray, and Patterned fabric is moving into production. We've began sampling the premium colours - Jade Green, Deep Blue, and Sunrise Orange.

Hardware is locked in 🧠 Firmware development is progressing nicely, and our mobile app is in the late stages of it's design. We brought on Shaun Fickling, a PhD Neuroscientist, to aid in the development of our neurofeedback algorithms.

Neural Music Soundscapes are in production 🎵 Piano, Guitar, Ambient, Rain, Ocean, and White Noise. We'll share more on the music direction in December, but the samples we’ve tested sound amazing in the mask.

Manufacturing contoured foam has been challenging - everything from one of our factories being hit by a typhoon, to our steel tooling cracking just last week. Creating new molds takes time, about 3-4 months to have them reliably built, polished and tested, and that has impacted our timeline.

This means our Beta will be launching in April 2024 instead of December with full production shipping in early Q3 instead of Q1. Please watch the video for the full story.

⚡ Requests

Do you know a high-level software developer who would like to work on the world's first neurofeedback sleep mask? If so, I would appreciate an introduction.

Thanks again for all your support, it's been great talking to you all over text, email, and messenger. This delay is disappointing, but in the grand scheme of things, we are SO close.

As always, reply to this email with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Talk soon,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
30 Aug, 2023
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It's Alive!

Huge shoutout to everyone who has pre-ordered a Bía Smart Sleep Mask! Thank you so much for joining us on this journey.

For the past two years, Andrew and I have been working diligently on bringing the Bía Smart Sleep Mask to life. We didn't know if you would like it's look, be interested in it's features, in fact, we had no idea if anyone would even pre-order.

Now that you've joined us on this journey it's changed things - we're not working for us anymore, it's bigger than us, we're working for YOU... and we'll do whatever it takes to help you sleep better, every night. 🙂

⭐ What's New

Volumes & layering have been locked in 🤩 We ran into issues where the size of the electronics increased the size of the garment - I'm happy to report that this is now fixed! We're taking the leap to create polished steel molds to get the garment ready for Premium and Ultra Club customers at the end of the year.

It's alive! We've successfully been able to connect to the hardware, add in our custom firmware, and start recording data from it's sensors 🎉 We're putting a heavy focus on firmware, algorithm, and app development over the next couple months. As a result I've updated the project status, moving the pin from Hardware Prototype to Firmware & Software.

⚡ Requests

Do you know a high-level software developer who would love to work on a project like this? I would appreciate an introduction!

As always, message me directly with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Talk soon,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
01 Jun, 2023
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Bía Sleep Pre-Orders Are Live

In case you missed the SUPER exciting announcement, we launched Bía Sleep!

So far, thousands have visited the website, hundreds have signed up for more information, and many have taken the leap and placed a pre-order.

The best part? We're just getting started. 🙂

⭐ What's New

Garment prototype #4 has arrived 🤩 The team finished the seams without the need for stitching, as well as reducing the density for improved comfort. We'll continue focusing on the look, feel, and comfort as we move into prototype #5.

I'm excited to announce we've ordered our first ten chipsets🎉 huge shout-out to our bio-medical, hardware, and optics engineers that made it possible. This opens the door for testing, and validation, and gets us one step closer to the beta test.

⚡ Requests

Do you know a high-level software developer with Bluetooth experience? I would appreciate an introduction!

As always, message me directly with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Talk soon,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
17 May, 2023
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I've been talking to a LOT of sleep experts...

I thought we would get some pushback on Bía Sleep because of how different it is compared to other sleep products - I was wrong.

Experts such as Pat Byrne, author of Inconvenient Sleep and Janet K. Kennedy, Ph.D., clinical psychologist are all very excited about the launch of Bía Sleep.

⭐ What's New

Garment Prototype #3 has arrived 🎉 We are excited to have the foam mold of our mask in hand and ready for testing.

We've began working on the development of the Bía Sleep App.

⚡ Requests

Do you know a rockstar Performance Marketer or killer Marketing Agency? We're offering a 4-day work week, work from anywhere, quarterly expeditions, a pay-it-forward budget, and inclusion into the equity pool.

As always, message me directly with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Talk soon,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
15 Feb, 2023
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New year, big update!

Andrew and I have left our day jobs to work full time on Bía. It's time to go all in on creating the world's most cutting-edge sleep mask.

We've opened up the waitlist! Make sure you take a moment, provide honest feedback, and get signed up

⭐ What's New

After months of searching, we found a manufacturer to turn Bía Sleep into a reality 🤩 We had a tall list - it must be molded to fit a variety of head shapes, breathable to let out the heat, no stitching or obvious seams, and many more.

I'm eager to say that we've officially begun hardware development 🎉 this is a big step that took months of careful planning and consideration. Overall, we have 100+ high-level requirements that need to be met.

⚡ Requests

Do you know a Front-End Developer who worked with Headless Commerce?

I would appreciate an introduction!

As always, message me directly with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Talk soon,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
15 Nov, 2022
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We asked, and you answered.

The results from our market study are more promising than ever 🙌

We learned that Bía Sleep is seen as innovative, cutting-edge, and a definite need. We also learned that we could improve how we speak about the unique features of Bía Sleep.

⭐ What's New

I'm eager to announce that Rian Gauvreau, co-founder of Clio, is our first investor 🤝 His extraordinary business acumen, software development skills, and technology expertise will be a valuable asset to the Dream Team, and we're excited to have him on board.

Garment prototype #2 has arrived 🎉 It's possible! It can be built! We've detailed our thoughts on foam density, fabric, and sizing and will be submitting designs for garment prototype #3 before the holidays.

Good news on the hardware as well! Medical grade components for functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) have been sourced, and we're working with an optical engineer to design light pipes and diffusers.

⚡ Requests

Do you know a soft good manufacturer with expertise in injection foam? What about investors who are looking to join the growing sleep tech space?

I would appreciate an introduction!

As always, message me directly with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Talk soon,
Michael

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Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
15 Aug, 2022
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Welcome to the Bía Community!

I'm excited you're here, and I can't wait to share our progress on creating the world's first wearable that helps you control and improve your sleep.

⭐ What's New

It's becoming real 🤯 After working with a fashion designer, we locked in the tech pack, which allowed begin talking to manufacturers about garment prototyping. From the tech pack, we have been able to create our first 3D render of Bía Sleep.

After months of talking, going back and forth on components, and figuring out which hardware stack will give you the absolute best results, I'm excited to tell you that we've put together a proof of concept that we're incredibly confident with.

Finally, I'm eager to share that we've put together an incredibly talented advisory board to guide us on our journey:

⚡ Requests

Do you know an optical engineerwith experience building fNIRS devices? What about investors who are looking to join the growing sleep tech space?

I would appreciate an introduction!

As always, message me directly with your questions, comments, and concerns.

Talk soon,
Michael

Author avatar:
Michael Byrne
Co-Founder & CEO
Bía Neuroscience
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