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TOME: Smartphone Addiction Solution

Rescue your family from smartphone addiction with this smartphone capsule and mobile app!

TOME: Smartphone Addiction Solution

Rescue your family from smartphone addiction with this smartphone capsule and mobile app!

£4,651
pledged of £15,500pledged of £15,500 goal
21
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 4 2019 10:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

  It’s Time to get Present with TOME Capsule Midi.

How often do we neglect our precious time with our family, loved ones and friends, missing those special moments because our mobile devices are constantly distracting our attention? According to a recent a Common Sense Media study, over 52% of parents think we use our smartphones too much. And yet we’re still out of control with our usage. Our vision is to restore balance into people's lives and counter the social cost of smartphone addiction. TOME Midi helps put you back in control over your smartphone.

Enjoy Life Offline

If you’re spending too much time online, experiencing information overload and feel your life is passing you by we have the solution.

Up to four devices can sit in TOME Midi’s sleek smartphone signal blocking case with integrated charging, that connects with a simple mobile app to track your offline time. And for every minute offline you’re rewarded with points that can be exchanged for real-life experiences with TOME’s partners.


 TOME Midi is a sleek smartphone capsule, with an app, to lock away up to 4 phones for device-free time.

Dimensions 183mm x 225mm x 47mm

Features

  • An integrated wireless charging facility, so that you are fully charged up!
     
  • Signal blocking allows you to focus without distraction
     
  • If the lid is lifted before the timer has finished an alarm will sound!
     
  • A simple mobile app to track your usage and reward you for your time offline
     
  • Environmentally friendly materials
     

TOME mode
 

When you put your smartphone into the TOME capsule and start a session in the TOME app, we call this being in TOME mode. When you are in  TOME mode, you are ready to engage fully with your loved ones, be more mindful of your surroundings, focus on a task or just create space to be with yourself.

 While we have produced a version of a working TOME, these TOME capsule images are renders.

The TOME capsule is designed to sit on a flat surface in your chosen location. The lighting is soft, diffused so as not to create a major distraction when you are in TOME mode.

Open the TOME case and TOME app. Follow on the screen instructions inviting you to touch in with your phone via NFC to start your reward timer.

Use the dial on the case to set your desired time and close.

At the end of your session, you can check how many points you earned while in TOME mode and check how close you are to earning your rewards.


In the beginning, you create and manage your own rewards. Upload your chosen treat, and set an unlock target for your children.

As pioneers, you'll help us develop our app and reward partners

Our app is still in development. Pioneers are our early users and pledges will help us develop further, future rewards partners so you can spend your points on healthy rewards. We want to bring on partners that include yoga clubs, gyms, hotel spas, nature reserves, book retailers and sporting goods. 

TOME is a beautiful fit for the home

“My purpose is to create modern products that restore balance and puts well-being at the centre of their lives.” - Co-founder, Calvin Niles

TOME by Medietas is a British company creating products with a focus on restoring balance to people’s life and work.

The TOME capsule was inspired by co-founder Calvin’s desire to connect more deeply with his children, to whom the cost of his distraction was all too apparent. Inspiring people to disconnect from their devices and connect with those precious things that have been neglected in their lives. Or more, we believe that when we’re fully present we discover amazing things about ourselves and enjoy deeper relationships - TOME helps to make space in our lives by helping us get smart with our smartphones and saying no to their constant demands for our attention. Each product serves to appeal to those who share our passion for, and appreciation of design elegance, coupled with practical function and bigger life purpose.

We hope you enjoy the same satisfaction when you engage with our products as much as we do in dreaming up solutions that inspire balance. At the centre of this solution is the beautifully crafted TOME capsule, standing as a symbolic tool for freedom from device distraction.

We listened and we learned

In 2017, TOME featured right here on Kickstarter. We didn’t reach our target but we learned a hell of a lot. We have since taken on board your feedback tried and tested throughout 2018, and made TOME even better with TOME Midi. Your backing will help us develop our project.

TOME Midi has improved customer value:

  • A quality look and feel
     
  • Smaller with more functionality
     
  • Mobile app providing incentives to help you with your habits
     
  • A capsule that looks great!!

Bamboo lid

The wooden top of the design uses Bamboo. This material is a very fast-growing, renewable and easy-to-grow resource. Bamboo is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers, requires no irrigation, rarely needs replanting, grows rapidly, can be harvested in 3-5 years, and produces 35% more oxygen than an equivalent grove of trees.

Plastic elements

All the plastics used will be recyclable at end of life and the main casing will encompass recycled materials. Moulded parts will show the recycling identifier.

Design principle

The product has been designed to allow for easy disassembly for recycling. This includes electronics which can be separated and processed separately.

Packaging

We plan to use brown single or double-wall rigid corrugated board. Sourced from responsible manufacturers this can contain around 70% of recycled material.


 In the last year, we tested the TOME concept with groups.

"Super idea - I am going to use a similar concept -keeps you focused no looking at emails in breaks (which can then take your mind of what you are doing) made you interact with your colleagues." - Charlotte

"Think this worked really well.  It took away any distractions, vibrating pockets etc and meant we were focussed.  It was nice to not look at the phone during the day or lunch."   - Richard

"I wasn't expecting it to make much of a difference, but the action of putting phones int the TOME did help me focus on the training better." - Alastair

"At first, it felt that a part of me was missing, however after a short while I actually forgot that my mobile was in there. By placing the phone out of sight and out of mind removed which is nothing more than a habitual checking of messages." -Jim

"I really liked it and helped to keep the room focused." -Kerri

"It was good to be free of distraction." -Charli

"Was good to have no digital distractions like phones vibrating and screens lighting up, a really great idea."-Luisa

"I thought this was a really good idea and stopped people time checking/messages etc., and will use when I deliver the session." -Amanda

Calvin’s mission is to bring more mindfulness to people’s lives in all of his products. He has worked with hundreds of people from leaders in large businesses to SMEs, and from solopreneurs to charities, helping education professionals reduce stress and improve resilience through mindfulness.

Nick has been researching cognitive performance for 15 years. His background in computational neuroscience and his expertise in advanced machine learning processes and behaviour will help us make our mobile app even better, faster.

Aaron is a tech innovator with a passion for technology for good. He has substantial experience in software product development including AI, IoT,  and mobile technologies. His expertise in app development helps turn Calvin’s and Nick’s input into real-life solutions.

Risks and challenges

Our next stage is to create a prototype before going into production. We've been working with our partners and manufacturers to make sure we're setting a realistic timeline for the production and delivery. There are always risks and challenges involved with launching a new product and there is a small possibility its appearance may be tweaked and the way the app speaks to the capsule during scaled-up production. Depending on quantities ordered our delivery schedule may be subject to minor revisions. In case of any possible delay, we'll immediately inform you and share all of the details and updates.

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