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With so many kids hooked on smartphones and tablets, how can parents control screen time without causing conflict? Introducing TechDen.
With so many kids hooked on smartphones and tablets, how can parents control screen time without causing conflict? Introducing TechDen.
With so many kids hooked on smartphones and tablets, how can parents control screen time without causing conflict? Introducing TechDen.
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TechDen™ - Helping Your Kids Develop Healthier Screen Habits

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TechDen introduces a new way to help kids develop healthy screen habits. 

It’s the first ever product that combines an app to manage your kids’ screen time with a physical home and charging station that stores their devices. 

Our “out of sight, out of mind” approach to device management prevents kids from being distracted by text messages and notifications. Instead, they’re free to have real conversations and personal interactions.

TechDen is designed to help families create balanced screen time that works for everyone. Based on your kid’s schedule, you can set up sessions, which are windows of time during which they can use their device. Within each session, parents can set a maximum allowable screen time. TechDen works on a system that requires the device to be returned back to The Den. This lets kids establish a predictable routine, yet still have some flexibility. And routines that are easy to follow can eventually become habits.

Sometimes, just seeing technology can be a temptation to use it. When a child’s device is stored inside The Den, it no longer serves as a visual cue that can trigger the desire to use it. The device remains tucked away and locked until the next pre-determined session time begins.

TechDen uses a collaborative, teaching approach that’s not authoritarian. It involves kids in many parts of the process, including scheduling, setting up rewards and physically storing their device. When kids feel a part of the device management process, they’re more likely to buy in. 

Kids get regular notifications on their device counting down how much time they have left before it’s time to return their device to The Den. Studies show kids respond better to predictable notifications rather than the sudden “two-minute warning” parents give at arbitrary times, which often catch kids off guard 

Together, parents and children set goals and rewards for on-time returns. Children can track their own progress, which provides positive reinforcement for managing screen time and promoting a balanced relationship with their devices. 

The unit charges and stores up to two iOS or Android devices when not in use. It recognizes each child’s device and notifies you which devices are charging and which are in use for better monitoring.

Easy to set up and use. It works with The Den to help parents and children manage screen time and develop healthier screen habits.

Thanks for supporting The Den and for helping this generation of kids develop healthier screen habits. Now’s the time to instill a sense of balance in our kids that can last a lifetime. Here’s to a future full of responsible digital citizens.

In this age of mobile devices, it’s easy for kids to get sucked into overuse and develop bad technology habits. If you’re ready to do away with the drama surrounding managing screen time, TechDen is the solution. Soon your home will be filled with less screen time and more family time. 

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Pledge now to take advantage of significant discounts and be among the first families to experience the benefits of TechDen in your home. 

Risks and challenges

This product has been years in the making. As with any new technology, there was a lot of trial and error. In our case, there were a lot of pieces that had to work together: The parent app, the TechDen Jr. app and The Den.

We went through countless rounds of testing with both the development of the app, and the construction design of The Den. We recently finished the manufacturing of our second pre-production run, delivering 100 units of The Den that now work seamlessly with the app. While we continue to refine the functionality and usability of the app, we are thrilled with the product and proud to offer it to the Kickstarter community.

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    TechDen ultra soft cotton t-shirt

    Receive a TechDen t-shirt! These shirts will be printed by ColorBurst, a partner of Little Friends, an organization that empowers children and adults with special challenges to live, learn, work and thrive in their communities.

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    Super early bird

    Save $80! A 40% savings!
    MSRP of $199 USD!
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    Save $60! A 30% savings!
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    Save $40! A 20% savings!
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    Save $199! A 50% savings!
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    Early bird - 2 Den's

    Save $169! A 42% savings!
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    Meet the inventors (in Australia!)

    This reward includes (2) round trip tickets to meet the inventors in Perth, Australia! You'll be given (2) Den's [in person!] and shirts for your entire family. Plus $1500 Airbnb credit. This reward also includes a dinner with CEO/inventor and his family for a device-free dinner.
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