My Home Move Newcastle announce office relocation

first_imgMy Home Move, the provider of mover conveyancing services, has relocated its Newcastle site from Milburn House, Dean Street to Blackfriars Court in the city. The relocation is a result of expansion plans to recruit and increase the number of experienced and trainee legal professionals for the site.My Home Move, an employer delivering professional qualifications in both Conveyancing and Management operates from five locations in the UK; Newcastle, Northampton, Manchester, Leeds and Leicester and employs over 800 people. With its northern based sites of Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, My Home Move is fast becoming the employer of choice for conveyancers in the North.The move also follows the recent merger in March of My Home Move and the Simplify Group to create the conveyancing powerhouse ‘Simplify’, which aims to build on the significant technology investments in both businesses in recent years, enabling end customers, partner introducers and panel conveyancing firms across the group to benefit from enhanced levels of service and visibility of their property transactions.‘Simplify’ My Home Move office relocation My Home Move August 8, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » My Home Move Newcastle announce office relocation previous nextAgencies & PeopleMy Home Move Newcastle announce office relocationThe Negotiator8th August 20190349 Viewslast_img read more

Staff to go in overhaul of P&A Davies business

first_imgNearly 50 staff who thought their jobs had been saved when Frank Roberts & Sons bought P&A Davies out of administration are to be made redundant.Roberts said that because P&A Davies’ six shops were no longer part of the business – four of which have been bought by Chatwins there was no need for its wholesale operation and, as a result, 48 factory staff were expected to be let go, with some of these taking voluntary redundancy.The company added that it had been, “trying to establish a more profitable and viable business,” since it had bought the ailing firm and hoped to safeguard 45 former P&A Davies’ staff jobs once the consultation ended on 5 November.Ten staff have already transferred to Roberts’ Northwich-based manufacturing facility to work in the Pastry Case a division of the Roberts’ group, which is the UK’s largest manufacturer of gingerbread men.A further 35 workers will stay at P&A Davies’ recently opened bakery facility in Hawarden, near Chester, which will remain operational. The retention of these staff at Hawarden will mean Roberts can continue to produce its range of frozen products and increase production of other products.MD Mike Braddock said: “We have spent the last few weeks working towards a solution that would safeguard as many jobs as possible, while providing a strong business model to take forward.”Unfortunately, the current economic climate, and the changes to the business resulting from the separation of the shops, means that we are unable to maintain current staffing levels.”>>Chatwins buys up four P & A Davies stores>>Roberts snaps up central bakery of P & A Davieslast_img read more

Porn Star Attorney Avenatti Arrested by IRS at Bar Hearing

first_imgSurprisingly, embattled attorney Michael Avenatti still has a law license as he sits in jail this morning, again.Avenatti was trying to keep his license while attending a disciplinary hearing at the California Bar Association in Los Angeles yesterday. But during a break, the porn star lawyer was arrested and cuffed by the IRS in the hallway. Just moments ago ex-Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti was taken out of the California State Bar Court in LA the custody of federal agents. pic.twitter.com/cU8sM4DUw1— Jason McGahan (@JasonMcGahan) January 15, 2020 The former lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels is accused of scamming $840-thousand from a client. He was arrested outside the courtroom by agents for the IRS, who accuse Avenatti of cheating on his taxes and lying to investigators.Avenatti’s lawyer says he expects there will be a bail hearing this afternoon. Until then the high profile attorney sits behind bars.last_img read more

Former England World Cup winner Norman Hunter dies of coronavirus

first_imgLondon: Former England defender Norman Hunter, who was part of England squad that won the World Cup in 1966, has died in hospital aged 76 after contracting coronavirus.According to a BBC report, Norman Hunter was admitted to hospital on April 10 after testing positive for coronavirus. Hunter was a key player in Leeds’ most successful era, winning two league titles during a 14-year first-team career at Elland Road.His legacy will never be forgotten and our thoughts are with Norman’s family and friends at this very difficult time,” the club said in a statement as quoted by BBC Sport.The 76-year-old had played 726 games for Leeds in his career.Recently, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish was discharged from hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.Dalglish, 69, was admitted to hospital for treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics.Dalglish tested positive despite showing no symptoms after being checked regularly. He is now recovering in self-isolation at home.Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard led the way as wishes poured in for Dalglish. The overall coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen to 13,759 while the number of infections recorded so far has reached 104,148 since the outbreak began. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has told the government that wearing face masks while travelling the UK capital should be compulsory, the media reported. IANSAlso Read: Get well soon King: Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard to Kenny DalglishAlso Watch: One arrested in mysterious murder case of 14 year old girl in Lumdinglast_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal outplays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for speedy progress into next round

first_imgRafael Nadal needed just an hour and 48 minutes to ease past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.Nadal found a tough second-round opponent in Nick Kyrgios, requiring four sets and two tie-breaks to advance, but two-time All England Club semifinalist Tsonga was far more accommodating. Nick Kyrgios unapologetic over Rafael Nadal shot: ‘I wanted to hit him’ The French Open champion raced through the first set and then hit top form for a time in the second when Tsonga attempted to dig in on Centre Court.Serene progress was sealed swiftly in the third and Nadal faces Joao Sousa or Dan Evans next. Related News Nadal led from the first break opportunity when Tsonga’s forehand narrowly missed the left sideline, with a review agonizingly going against the Frenchman.There was no immediate sign of a response from Tsonga and instead the opener was concluded on his serve as Nadal stepped on the accelerator. Tsonga, who missed last year’s tournament following knee surgery, showed skill at the net to stick with Nadal early in the second, but his hard work was undone by an awful double-fault.Nadal appeared in no mood to stick around and dominated for a break to love early in the third, with his opponent evidently resigned to his fate.Another shot went long to see Nadal disappear further into the distance, although his confident, comfortable victory was secured only after Tsonga had played to the crowd with a gutsy hold on a punishing day — the Spaniard having to wait a further game before converting his fourth match point.last_img read more

Pair’s stunning play takes Northants ahead in foursomes

first_img Northamptonshire’s Callum Farr and Ben Jones played stunning golf this morning to set up their team’s 2-1 win over Yorkshire in the second day foursomes at the English Boys’ County Championship.Farr, an England boy international, and Jones, who represented England at U16 level, had five birdies and two eagles on consecutive holes from the fifth at Cumberwell Park Golf Club in Wiltshire.It took them from all square after four to five up after 11 holes and well on the way to winning their match 4/3.Northamptonshire’s other foursomes point was provided by Robin Williams and Charlie Salter, who won 2/1.However, Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown and Charlie Thornton kept up their winning ways, taking the other match 4/3.In the other match Wiltshire, like Northamptonshire, bounced back from their defeat of yesterday to take the upper hand in their foursomes against Hertfordshire.They won two of the three matches, courtesy of Tom Stagg and Dom Burgess (4/2) and Jamie Cooper and Joe Retford (2/1).Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels and Jon Hopkins maintained their winning form, taking their game 2/1.Click here for full scoresCaption: Callum Farr (left) and Ben Jones (image © Leaderboard Photography) 24 Aug 2016 Pair’s stunning play takes Northants ahead in foursomes last_img read more

Rumson Teen Sailing Standout in Frostbite Series

first_imgModinsaid golf was his first love upon moving to the area with his family as achild, a sport he was ready to pursue full-time when his family joined theRumson Country Club. “It’ssomething that I can do all year round and enjoy for a long time,” Modin said.“You don’t have to be super strong or athletic to have fun and be competitive.Unless you want to go to the Olympics or something.” Frigid temperatures that chill the Two River area provide the perfect stage for the club’s Frostbite races, a cold weather series that allows local laser boat captains and others from around the Northeast region to navigate a course within the Navesink River. The Monmouth Boat Club is on the Navesink River in Red Bank. Photo by Chris Rotolo Thoughthe series is opens to sailors of all ages, no competitor has stood out moreduring this 2018 season – which runs November through March – than PatrickModin, a 17-year old Rumson native who attends the Marine Academy of Science& Technology (MAST) on Sandy Hook. “It’s myfirst time competing and will give me a real understanding of where I stand(among national and international competition),” Modin said. “I’m reallyexcited for it because it will allow me to test all of my skills and everythingI’ve learned.” But itwas at the club where he discovered sailing, and a natural feel to being at thehelm of a vessel in the local waterways. The eventis scheduled to take place Dec. 26-30, where 650 sailors ages 8 to 18 from 20countries and 28 states, will race boats like Optimists, Club 420’s and Lasers– like Modin’s – in Miami, Florida. Modinsaid he was attracted to the sport because anyone can do it if they’re drivento put in the time and effort. Monmouth Boat Club’s Frostbite races are open to sailors of all ages as they navigate a course within the Navesink River. Photo courtesy Monmouth Boat Club “It cameto me pretty easily, but I’ve been working at it at for a while now and notjust out on the water,” said Modin, who added that he’s put in numerous hoursof reading about strategy and tactics and studying the nuances of the sport ofsailing. “I love the complexity of it, and I enjoy the work. I’m still gettingbetter.” Modinsaid an Olympic appearance would be a dream come true, but for now his sightsare set on the revered Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, the largestyouth event of its kind in the United States and South America. Henkel said an abundance of scenic locations, like the two rivers and the Sandy Hook Bay, are what make the area one of the best in the country to sail. For more information about how to join the Monmouth Boat Club visit monmouthboatclub.org. TheMonmouth Boat Club, located at 31 Union St. in Red Bank, was founded in 1879and has sailing groups for all ages, genders and experience levels. There arecurrently 186 members. “He’sreally beyond his years. He’s very skilled and knowledgeable about the sportfor a kid his age…Plus, he only weighs about 130 pounds, which is a majoradvantage when going up against an old guy like me,” Westfield native, fleetchampion and series organizer, Chris Henkel, said in a Dec. 2 interview withThe Two River Times. “It’sjust beautiful and peaceful place to sail. I’ve sailed in a lot of places, butthere aren’t many that match this. We’re on the Navesink today, on either sideof you are these incredible mansions. Where else can you sail and see BonJovi’s house,” Henkel said. Accordingto Modin, there are currently 99 boats registered to compete in his division.Modin will have a few more weekends of races on the Navesink before heading forwarmer climates, though he said the Shrews- bury River, which is more wide openwith lower banks, is a more exhilarating ride. RED BANK– When the frost begins to bite, it’s a sailor’s delight for a few brave membersof the Monmouth Boat Club. last_img read more

Red Bank to Close Broad, Monmouth Streets for Pedestrian Use

first_imgMayor Pasquale Menna, ad hoc committee members, public works personnel, office of emergency management, fire, and others will be involved in the process. Because the council did not know when exactly the governor would reopen certain businesses, he said the whole idea behind the plan “was to get at least the parameters moving forward on an anticipated opening.” “We can’t wait. We want Red Bank to be ready the second we get the call,” said councilwoman Kate Triggiano.  Now that Gov. Phil Murphy has given the green light for outdoor dining to resume June 15, the borough will prepare Broad and Monmouth streets as pedestrian plazas, closing the roadways to vehicular traffic certain days of the week. By Allison Perrine The street closures were unanimously approved by the council at the May 27 meeting. According to the mayor, the length of the closure was the consensus of all the stakeholders involved with public safety consideration. As part of the plan, Broad Street from Front Street to Wallace Street, will be open for pedestrians only from Thursday evenings through Saturday evenings. Monmouth Street, from Broad Street to Maple Avenue, will be open for pedestrians only on Sundays.  Murphy announced June 1 that restaurants could reopen for outdoor dining as of June 15, along with nonessential in-person retail shopping. The steps come as the state enters into Stage Two of reopening the economy. Stage Two Openings “Entering Stage Two does not mean, just as it didn’t when we went into stage one, that we flick a light switch. This will continue to be a phased in restart based upon a careful analysis of inherent risks and the ability to safeguard public health,” said Murphy June 1 in a press conference. “The easier it is to have strong protocols in place or to ensure reduced densities of customers, the sooner that business can reopen.”center_img During the public comment portion of the meeting, Victor Kuo, the owner of Temple Gourmet Chinese, asked why committee members decided to close Broad Street from Front Street to Wallace Street and not extend the closure further. Temple is located on Broad Street near Linden Place, outside of the street closure area. News of the plan came at a council meeting May 27, days before Murphy’s announcement to move forward with outdoor dining. An ad hoc Downtown Red Bank Reopens Committee was formed at the end of May with a goal of finding a space for restaurants and businesses to operate appropriately though the pandemic to relieve some of the economic stresses that have burdened the downtown area. “Pedestrian plazas would allow for open air dining, more space for our retailers and our restaurants to operate under restrictions and a new way to experience our downtown,” said Triggiano, an ad hoc team member. “We want to be prepared as a downtown and a town to move as quickly as possible when our businesses are able to reopen.” RED BANK – Get ready to experience Red Bank in a very new way. One week later, effective June 22, salons and barber shops will be able to reopen. Gyms and health clubs have not yet been given the green light, but they will be handled in the period to follow, Murphy said. However, he urged that residents still adhere to social distancing guidelines. And this is the first phase of reopening for Red Bank, Triggiano said. Other solutions and areas of the town will be addressed going forward to help its businesses. “Nothing is going to be carved in stone,” said Menna. “The idea is to roll it out and let’s see how it plays out. And then if we have to tweak it, we will.” The article originally appeared in the June 4 – 10, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Ambassador Sulunteh Identifies with Victims in Bong

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, Canada and Mexico, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, has donated 300 bags of 25kg rice to be distributed among Ebola-affected families and quarantined households in Bong County.Taylor-Town in Yellequlleh District and Barleketela in Salala District which were obstructed by the leadership of Bong County almost two weeks ago to control the spread of the deadly virus, received the bulk of the donation with one hundred bags of rice going to each of the affected districts.The Friends of Sulunteh leader in Bong County, John O. Flomo, asked representatives of the towns to convey Ambassador Sulunteh’s heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones to the disease.He said, though Amb. Sulunteh was far away and could not meet with the people on the ground, he however could hear their loud cry for support during this very difficult time.“Ambassador Sulunteh would have loved to be in Taylor-Town and speak directly to his people, but it is not possible now,”Mr.  Flomo said.He disclosed that since the outbreak of the virus in Liberia, Amb. Sulunteh has been looking critically at areas where he could intervene adding that the plight of Ebola affected families is one of those situations which almost moved him to tears.He said that recent media reports which brought to light the sufferings of Ebola suspects in some parts of the county  who went without food supplies for days and who are rationed four-cups of rice to each household a day when it is available regardless of their number, was key to his decision to get involved and assist.Mr. Flomo expressed the hope that the Ambassador’s intervention will draw the attention of the international community to the plight of those Ebola affected families and quarantined households in the county. He noted that people in quarantined homes left to starve will have serious implications for the Ebola fight. Flomo called on the international community, particularly WFP to focus on the feeding of Ebola affected persons and quarantined households.He pleaded with chiefs in the district and the county task force to urge the people of Taylor-Town and Barleketela to not only take maximum care to prevent infection, but to move vigorously to eradicate the Ebola virus entirely from their various communities.The disease, he lamented, has disrupted normal economic and social activities throughout the country and called on all Liberians to adhere to the Ebola key prevention messages to save lives and maintain the dignity of our country.Flomo, on behalf of the Liberian Ambassador, expressed the hope that the remaining one hundred bags of rice will go to Ebola affected families and quarantined households in other affected districts like Jorquelleh, Sanoyea, Salala and Fuamah maintaining that Sulunteh was also considering support to other vulnerable groups in the near future.Responding, the Town Chief of Taylor-Town, Peter Flomo, registered on behalf of the people of the area his profound thanks and appreciation for the timely intervention of Ambassador Sulunteh which he said would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people.He said the people of the area are not surprised at such intervention, noting that Sulunteh has always come to the rescue of the suffering people not only in Bong but Liberians generally.He assured Sulunteh that the people of Taylor-Town deeply appreciate the gesture which he said is coming at a time when it is needed the most and assured him that the donation will be used for the intended purpose.Yellequlleh District Commissioner Annie Reeves also expressed thanks and appreciation, saying that the people of the district consider Ambassador Sulunteh as one of their sons. Similar sentiments were expressed by Salala District Commissioner Karmon Kanneh.The donation is Amb. Sulunteh’s second intervention since the Ebola outbreak in March.It can be recalled that in September Amb. Sulunteh provided over three hundred bags of rice, an undisclosed amount of United States Dollars worth of disinfectants and cash donation to community residents and various taskforces in Bong, Margibi and Monsterrado Counties.last_img read more

Remee & The Lucid Dream Of Crowd Funding

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Success The Crowd Funding BluesWasn’t that kind of depressing? “Dreams? Those are for people who sleep!”It seems that building the Remee, an inspired mission though it was, just turned out to be another grueling, low-margin hardware grind. Kickstarter allowed me to go shopping for an aspirational gadget, an accessory, and some talented guys knew they could ship it. They did what they set out to do in a bare-bones way. And that’s it. It’s a gadget, but nothing more.I don’t see this thing taking off. It’s awesome to have one, but it’s not easy to use. They could never do the kind of support they’d need to do to keep a bunch of run-of-the-mill customers happy. It’s an early-adopter-only product. This seems endemic to the Kickstarter model for gadgets.I talked to my friend (Disclosure: friend.) Micah Daigle about this matter. He’s a UX, branding and campaign designer currently consulting under the banner of Collective Agency, and crowd funding is one of his favorite tools to use and problems to solve.“People just get buried under how much they have to do,” Micah says. “This is sort of the dark side of crowd funding. When you have three investors, you only have to impress three people.” When you have thousands, you’re orders of magnitude more accountable whether you succeed or fail. Crowd funding might get products out the door, but is it really a better way than business as usual? The Wild WestCrowd funding platforms operate on a continuum. The real Wild West is Indiegogo, which has no screening process, and it has flexible funding, meaning projects can keep their funds even if they don’t make their goal. Giving to an Indiegogo campaign is a straight-up donation. You either have to believe in it or not care if it doesn’t work out.Kickstarter is more constrained. It dictates what kinds of campaigns can be run. “They created Kickstarter because they wanted to see creative projects get off the ground supported by patrons from the community,” Micah says. It was ideal for films and artistic works like that. Of course backers wanted to see the dream come true, but it was also designed to be about joining a movement.“What they nailed was a user experience format,” Micah says. They bundled the best storytelling device, namely video, a simple, clear call to action, and tiered rewards as an up-selling incentive. Backing a Kickstarter makes you feel like a part of something.As Micah helped me realize, this foundation gave rise to two basic kinds of crowd-funding project. There’s the kind where you give because you believe in the cause, and there’s the kind where you’re speculatively pre-ordering a product. Enterprising gizmo makers saw this and thought, “Oh, this is a great platform on which to pre-sell my project.” As with Remee, Pebble and others, it works after a fashion. But Kickstarters for physical products are set up for a letdown.Business More Like UsualThere are no guarantees about the end-to-end experience of a Kickstarter project because art has no guarantees. These gizmos are art, just like the films. “It’s a donation,” says Micah. He thinks there need to be more rules and explicit expectations about the differences between funding art versus gizmos, and they’re starting to emerge. “Kickstarter is not a store,” as its staff wrote in September.But there are also new crowd funding platforms coming out with stronger assumptions. Christie Street is exclusively for physical products, which are heavily vetted and come with more buyer and inventor protections. There are also more formal arrangements like Crowdfunder, which is trying out crowd-funded equity for small businesses, which Kickstarter explicitly does not allow.Failure Of ExpectationsBut just as much as we need new models for bringing great ideas into the world, we also need to adjust our expectations. “What we need to do is be a lot more understanding of failure as a culture,” Micah says. In Silicon Valley start-up culture, “fail fast” is a pervasive mantra. Failure is how you learn and get better. “We need to teach that to people and reset expectations around things,” Micah says.If we’re more okay with failure, that makes the risks of crowd-funded projects more acceptable. I knew when I backed Remee that I might not get it, and that even if I did, it might not work. In my mind, it’s not a failure. It’s a work of art.If I had walked into a store in a mall and bought this on a shelf, I’d probably want my money back. But I got this whole long, interesting Kickstarter experience alongside my programmable LED sleep mask. Who cares if I never actually had a lucid dream? For me, it was worth it for the story alone.  China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts Tags:#Crowd Funding#Kickstarter jon mitchell It’s time to talk about the downside to these Kickstarter gizmos we keep buying. Do we have any bummed-out Pebble watch buyers in the house? Anybody buy an iPhone dock on Kickstarter only to have it obviated by the Lightning connector before you got it? I suspect there are many different versions of Kickstarter gizmo disappointment. Mine is the Remee lucid dream mask from Bitbanger Labs.Yes. I backed an LED sleep mask for stimulating lucid dreams on Kickstarter. I am a hippie-nerd like that. And now I’m paying the price.A Brief Foray Into Lucid DreamingLucid dreaming is a highly desirable state of consciousness in which you realize you’re dreaming, but you remain asleep. With practice, lucid dreamers can learn to control their dreams, fly around, breathe underwater, talk to Aristotle, go to a Jimi Hendrix concert, whatever they can conjure. Lucid dreaming was celebrated in cult films like Waking Life (my favorite movie ever), and there’s an awesome list of other references on Remee’s Kickstarter page.Conventional wisdom holds that one way to begin lucid dreaming is to remind yourself that you’re dreaming. That’s what the Remee lucid dreaming mask is supposed to do. It uses a timer, and its red LEDs blink patterns over your eyelids while you sleep. If you time it right, allegedly, you’ll see visual disturbances while you dream that will jar you into lucidity.I’ve had one lucid dream that I can remember. I was about 18, visiting Hong Kong, jet-lagged out of my mind. I dreamt I was back at my old elementary school, which was uncanny enough that I realized I was dreaming. I immediately tried to fly. It worked for a few seconds. I got about 20 feet off the ground before my expectations about the laws of gravity set in, and I sank back to the ground, forgetting I was dreaming. It was briefly amazing, though. I’ve wanted to regain that power ever since.Awakening From The DreamSo I backed the Remee. I knew it was an act of blind faith, and that the thing might not work — if I even got it at all. But I wanted to believe, so I voted for it. The Remee’s funding goal was $35,000, and the $80 level got you a mask. It raised $572,891, so it was a pretty massive hit. My mask took seven months to arrive, but founders Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan were communicative throughout the process, so I kept the faith and was psyched when I got it. In my first few weeks of testing, though, I’ve had zero results.For a while, the lights woke me up, so I used the Web-based, light-sensitive programming tool to adjust the timing and patterns, a totally cool and geeky experience. But now I just sleep through it every night.I didn’t exactly expect a magic bullet, but I loved what the founders wrote about dreaming on their Kickstarter. They seemed even more jazzed and inspired than I was. So I contacted them to talk about Remee. And that’s where the real bummer set in. Dreams Are For People Who SleepThey wouldn’t take a call with me. Too busy. So I settled for an email interview. I sent in five questions that I thought gave plenty of opportunity for creative answers. But I got a minimum viable email instead:ReadWrite: What got you into this problem? Why the interest in lucid dreaming? And where did you encounter the idea that this kind of technology could be used to stimulate them? Bitbanger Labs: We’ve both been lucid dreaming since we were kids, but it just happened to come up in conversation in the summer of 2011. We had already been working on some tech projects and were intrigued at the idea of marrying the two ideas.ReadWrite: How did you know there was a market for this? How widespread is the knowledge of the possibility of lucid dreaming?Bitbanger Labs: We weren’t entirely sure how large the market would be — Kickstarter is a perfect match for a product like this, because it allows you to gauge interest while you seek backers. We were, of course, blown away by the response. I think we had an inkling that the community of lucid dreamers on the Web was aching for a new product, but we had no idea how many people to whom we’d be introducing the concept.ReadWrite: What went into the particulars of the design decisions you made: number of LEDs, kinds of patterns available, timings of the intervals, that sort of thing?Bitbanger Labs: We wanted to find a nice middle ground between effectiveness, comfort and low power draw. Six LEDs worked well for our relatively small power source, a CR2032 battery. The patterns and intervals, all of which are customizable, were mostly trial and error. We had a lot of time with the mask prior to launch to really fine tune stuff like this.ReadWrite: How’s business? Has the idea caught on?Bitbanger Labs: People are still interested! I think the idea of controlling your dreams is compelling enough that even someone who has never thought about it can get hooked on the concept pretty easily. We’re proud of how many folks we’ve brought into the world of lucid dreaming, whether they decide to support Remee or not.ReadWrite: How have your dreams changed since you finished building this thing?Bitbanger Labs: Dreams? Those are for people who sleep! But really, we’re finally getting to a point where things are settling back down and we’re getting a normal amount of sleep. We’re definitely still wearing Remee ourselves, not just for the effects but to continue to work towards making it better.last_img read more