Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on June 23, 2014.
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on June 23, 2014.
Phone Monsters, Inc was created in 2014 by founders Jenny and Josh Solar. The company's mission is to improve family life by creating products that foster strong family connections. Our flagship product is Ned the Phone Monster. Ned's mission is to be a visual reminder to help families be more intentional about the time we spend together without getting rid of the technology we love. Ned's job is to help you create a habit of unplugging for an hour or more every day. Feed Ned 3 square phone meals a day... at breakfast, lunch and dinner and you'll be on your way to putting down your phone and picking up your life.
If you've ever found yourself spending a little more time on your phone than you'd like, you'll understand why we created Ned. The idea first came to us two years ago when we noticed we were spending more and more time glued to our phones instead of spending time together as a family. We didn't want to get rid of our smartphones... there are SO many ways they make our lives better... but we needed a solution to help us keep our phone habits in check.
Our very first Phone Monster was made out of a Kleenex box and we named him Ned. He sat on our kitchen counter every day, happily "eating" our smartphones during family time. We shared Ned with our readers on The Happy Family Movement blog and he was a huge hit. But no Kleenex box lasts forever and, sadly, our original Ned is much worse for wear. So we decided to create a new Ned. He's just as friendly, but he's durable and (bonus!) he can hold your charging cords.
Ned is built to last: we hired a professional product designer and product engineer; our prototype was printed on a commercial 3D printer; and we're working with an experienced manufacturer who will manufacture and package all of our Phone Monsters.
Having Ned sitting on our counter every day has really helped us be mindful and present with our kids. He's a constant reminder for us that when it's family time, it's time to put our phones away. The best part about using a tool like a Phone Monster is that it takes the tension out of the phone distraction problem. We no longer have conversations that start with, "Would you get off your phone!" Instead, when we notice a problem, we simply say, "Ned's hungry."
Our hope is that he can help you put down your phones and pick up your lives, too. When it's time to feed your Phone Monster, simply turn your phone to silent and place it in Ned. It's that easy! Ned is designed to hold up to four smaller phones (like the iPhone) or two larger phones (like the Samsung Galaxy). There are charger holes in the bottom, so you can charge your phone too!
As soon as our Kickstarter campaign funds, we'll get right to work on production! We are busy making the final changes to the design to make production more efficient. Once the CAD is finalized, we have to custom order the injection molds. We anticipate that will take some time, but we'll start production as soon as the molds are finished. We expect to have Phone Monsters in your hands and kitchens in early 2015 (or sooner!).
We plan to manufacture Phone Monsters in the United States... right in our hometown of Kansas City!
To start production on Phone Monsters, we've got to order custom injection molds... and injection molds are very pricey! Our campaign goal is to raise $80,000, which will give us enough funds to pay for the molds, the first round of production and shipping! We'll fulfill all Kickstarter rewards in the first round of production.
Not familiar with The Happy Family Movement and wondering what the heck some of our rewards are?! Well, you're in luck! All the info you need to know is right here! First things first, The Happy Family Movement is our blog/website that we created three years ago to inspire family togetherness. It's got a big focus on intentional living and creating memorable family experiences!
Indoor/Outdoor Adventure Guide Combo Pack - This is an e-book full of thirty different unique and fun family activities, fifteen indoor activities and fifteen outdoor activities. Includes a supply list for each activity, printables for some of the activities, as well as our best tips and tricks!
Ned the Phone Monster Note Cards - This is a set of four note cards, two of each design. Prints are made from original watercolor paintings created by Josh Solar. These are Kickstarter-exclusive press printed note cards for everyday use.
Ned the Phone Monster Art Print - A print made from an original watercolor painting created by Josh Solar. This is a Kickstarter exclusive 8x10 art piece printed on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The quote says "Wherever you are, be all there." - Jim Elliot.
Intentional Parenting E-Course - We're committed to cultivating a happy, loving, close-knit family and helping others do the same. We created this e-course as a guide. During our four weeks together, we’ll break down how we define the term “family values” and how we’ve strategically created happy family habits. We’ll also show you how to create family traditions and family adventures without stressing out, losing your mind, or adding a hundred items to your already-mile-long to-do list.
Once we’ve shown you how these happy family elements are created and how they fit together, we’ll show you how to find your own. Most importantly, we’ll teach you exactly how to make them stick.
This 4 week online course includes weekly video lessons, weekly live Q&A, our Intentional Parenting e-book, and a private community for the class.
Adventure in a Box: Road Trippin' kit - This is everything you need to hit the road with your family AND have one heck of a good time! Comes with an e-book full of our best tips and tricks for traveling with young kids. The box itself is jam-packed with goodies... all designed to help you create memorable experiences for your family! Includes a travel journal, stick-on mustaches, bubble gum, sidewalk chalk, water guns, foam airplanes, a beach ball and inflatable swords! Plus instructions for pulling off the road and having the time of your life! Also includes fun extras like a blank CD for burning your favorite road trippin' tunes, 'a happy family was here' stickers and printable fun finder.
Happy Family Adventure+Photo Session in Kansas City - Spend the afternoon with the Solars! We'll meet for lunch or dinner and help your family craft your family values, happy family habits and family traditions and help you put a plan in place to experience more family connection.
We'll also teach you how to create more memorable experiences in your everyday life by planning and taking your family on a local adventure. And we'll bring our cameras along and photograph our adventure... because documenting family connection is one of our favorite things to do!
This reward is valid only in the Greater Kansas City area. If you're traveling in from another state, we'll want to touch base ahead of time to find a date that works for all of us! Includes a disc of high-resolution images with a copyright release.
Happy Family Adventure+Photo Session Anywhere in the Continental US - Spend the day with the Solars! We'll spend our morning helping your family craft your family values and family traditions and help you put a plan in place to experience more family connection. We'll also teach you how to create more memorable experiences in your everyday life by planning and taking your family on a local adventure.
We'll address any and all topics you'd like to cover during our lunch together. We'll spend our afternoon adventuring and our evening focusing specifically on cultivating happy family habits. And we'll bring our cameras along and photograph our adventures big and small... because documenting family connection is one of our favorite things to do!
This reward is valid only in the continental US. Because we'll be traveling to you, we'll want to touch base ahead of time to find a date that works for all of us! Includes a disc of high-resolution images with a copyright release.
We've spent a lot of time talking with our manufacturer and we're confident they can deliver what they've promised. In the event that something goes wrong and delivery will be delayed, we will be completely transparent and up front about this.
We continue to explore ways to create the most quality, cost-effective Ned possible. We'll keep everyone updated on any changes we make to Ned!
We plan to fulfill all Kickstarter orders ourselves, but we have a backup plan in place to use a 3rd party fulfillment company if the job ends up being too big for us to do personally!
We promise to keep you updated on all the happenings throughout the entire process, from funding to manufacturing and right on through fulfillment!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Ned is 8 inches tall by 9 inches wide by 5 inches deep!
Ned can hold up to two larger phones (like Samsung Galaxy) or four smaller phones (like iPhone).
Yes!! There are slots in the bottom so you can slide in your charger.
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