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A simple switch for your TV and Roku remotes that will prevent your child from changing channels, messing up your settings, and so on.

Why Kickstarter?

The design & development of this product is complete, but I need backer support to bring it to market. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding model so you'll only be charged for your pledge if we hit our goal. So please pledge and choose your reward!

How this idea began

I know I'm not the only person to experience the frustration that comes when a young child grabs the TV remote and starts to randomly push buttons -- right as you're getting into a show or sporting event. My wife and I had our first child (Gavin) in 2011. When he became mobile, he was almost instantly fascinated with the TV remote -- because he always saw us using it and it is filled with buttons. Oh yes, kids love buttons!

This was happening several times a day. It wasn't as if it was physically difficult to take the remote back and flip back to whatever we were watching; the hard part was having to take something away from him. Sometimes he would cry and it would break our hearts.

I looked online for a solution to this problem and found nothing. People were talking about it, but there was no good solution. So I created one.

I decided to prototype a childproof conversion for my DirecTV remote. I built a battery housing that has a slide switch to simply enable and disable the power to all the buttons by interrupting the current of one of the batteries. It worked flawlessly ... so I also made prototypes for a few friends that have young kids and it's worked great for them too. I call it the Tot Switch.

I would love to share this product with parents everywhere, but to do so, I need your pledges.

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The product

Here is the final CAD model of the product - shown with the DirecTV cover. All parts will be in black.

Shown with DirecTV cover
Shown with DirecTV cover


What's included

The conversion kit will include 3 parts: the battery housing with the switch; a new battery cover; and a screw to keep your kid from removing the cover and the batteries. I've also created a second variation to the switch that is spring loaded ... so it is always in the off position until you slide it up to enable power. As soon as you release it, it returns to the off position. The standard slide switch works perfectly for me, but the spring-loaded version is available for those who want the ultimate child-proof device.


Why I need your pledges

I've legally protected my idea, refined the design of the product, and set up relationships with manufactures right here in the States. But I need your pledges to pay for:

- Tooling and injection molding

- Metal stamping

- The first production run


First run

For the first run that will be shipping in June, I will be offering conversion kits for these DirecTV, Comcast and Roku remotes.

I plan to add many more remotes to the line-up, but I need your support to make this happen. If you like my idea, but don't have a Comcast or DirecTV remote, I would be thankful if you would still make a pledge and tell me which remote(s) you do have so I can plan for which ones I'll design for next.


About me

I'm a parent, a husband and a web/UX designer. I'm fairly new to marriage and parenthood, but I have been passionate about designing and prototyping new products since I was 10 years old.

Thank you and I really appreciate your support!

This product is Patent Pending.

The first prototype

Here are some photos of the first usable prototype that I created.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I've spent months researching plastic and metal manufacturers to find the absolute best partner in the U.S. to work with. One that understands the importance of quality and timelines. I believe I have found that partner. But as a professional designer who's focused on startups for more than 13 years, I know there is always some risk in bringing a new product to market.

With the Tot Switch, I would say that the top risk is that I've never worked with this manufacturer before. If this manufacturer can't produce the quality I demand and be on-time and on-budget, I will find one that can.

I have a lot of experience making tweaks to products and working with outside vendors, so I'm sure I can overcome any challenges that may arise.

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    A very big thank you and the opportunity to tell me which remote I should design for next.

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    EARLY SUPPORTERS - YOUR PICK: Receive one standard OR spring loaded Tot Switch conversion kit for your Directv OR Comcast remote. (Retail value $25-28.) Free shipping included.

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    DIRECTV STANDARD SWITCH: Receive one standard Tot Switch conversion kit for your Directv remote. (Retail value $25.) Free shipping included.

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    ROKU STANDARD SWITCH: Receive one standard Tot Switch conversion kit for your Roku 2XS/Roku 3 remote. (Retail value $25.) Free shipping included.

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    COMCAST STANDARD SWITCH: Receive one standard Tot Switch conversion kit for your Comcast remote. (Retail value $25.) Free shipping included.

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    ROKU SPRING LOADED SWITCH: Receive one spring loaded Tot Switch conversion kit for your Roku 2XS/Roku 3 remote. (Retail value $28.) Free shipping included.

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    COMCAST SPRING LOADED SWITCH: Receive one spring loaded Tot Switch conversion kit for your Comcast remote. (Retail value $28.) Free shipping included.

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    DIRECTV SPRING LOADED SWITCH: Receive one spring loaded Tot Switch conversion kit for your Directv remote. (Retail value $28.) Free shipping included.

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    DIRECTV COMBO PACK: Receive one standard AND one spring loaded Tot Switch conversion kit for your Directv remote. (Retail value $53.) Free shipping included.

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    9 backers

    COMCAST COMBO PACK: Receive one standard AND one spring loaded Tot Switch conversion kit for your Comcast remote. (Retail value $53.) Free shipping included.

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    FAMILY PACK: Receive four Tot Switch conversion kits of your choice. Mix-n-match if you want. (Retail value $100-$112.) Free shipping included.

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