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The REN Bottle

A new way of staying off your phone while studying. Reminding you to keep hydrated and focused with the Pomodoro technique!

The REN Bottle

A new way of staying off your phone while studying. Reminding you to keep hydrated and focused with the Pomodoro technique!

S$ 4,889
pledged of S$ 21,000pledged of S$ 21,000 goal
31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 29 2018 1:15 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Ren bottle helps you to avoid getting distracted by your phone when you need to work. Making sure that your productivity is at it’s best, every day.

In today’s society, the increased access to social media has increased distractions when you’re trying to be productive. One of the main crooks is the smartphone. Whether it’s distracting you from being social at dinner with your family or when you’re studying for that important test you have the next day, the distraction is there.

Studies have shown that people with their phone easily accessible during a meal were more distracted and less emotionally involved [1], so don’t let that precious lunch with your peers or colleagues go to waste! Furthermore, research suggests that it takes 25 minutes to refocus after being distracted and that this adds up to 70 hours of lost productivity every month! [2]

The Ren Bottle is here to solve these problems related to distractions from your smartphone. By placing your phone in the dedicated hatch, you create both a physical and digital barrier from notifications, with the complementing app.

By minimizing distractions from your smartphone the Ren bottle gives you more time to focus on what’s actually important to you. With the help of a Pomodoro timer and a hydration reminder, it ensures you can stay focused and healthy while doing your work.

As the phone is inserted in the bottle, the complementing app automatically switches to display a Pomodoro timer instead of your regular screen. This helps you manage your time into clear-cut working and resting times, giving you a more efficient structure of your work. The app also suppresses any unnecessary incoming notifications to make sure that you're not disturbed. You easily slide your phone into the top hatch, while automatic activation of the app is triggered by an NFC chip hidden inside the bottle.

The Pomodoro technique is a popular method where work is done for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. By using the Pomodoro technique while studying you can conquer your distractions and optimize the time spent studying. By breaking up your study time into manageable lengths you can make sure you stay productive the entire study session!

Not only does the floral clock function as a Pomodoro timer, but it also reminds you to drink enough water. This by acting like a real flower over time, withering and dying if it’s been too long since you last drank. Using your phone’s built-in accelerometer it can detect when you’re actually picking the bottle up to drink from it, causing the flower to spring back to life.

The Ren’s sleek and compact design easily fits into your bag, as an obvious everyday carry. To account for different sizes, we’ve also developed a customizable insert, making sure that every type of phone will fit.

Here at the Ren team, we want to help students in their everyday life, which is where the idea for the Ren bottle all started. We wanted to explore possible ways to utilize already existing technology, with the power of the phone in your hand, instead of selling even more electronics for you to consume. This is why the concept of the Ren is very simple, we don’t have any screen or electronics of our own. Instead, it all works from the current tech you already own.

Our initial plan was to create a friendly digital bottle-pet, which emotions depended on your ability to keep hydrated. To realize this idea we created a prototype where we could try it in practice. After realizing that focus was an even bigger problem, we decided to make this our primary concern. This is where the second iteration of our product was developed, with the floral Pomodoro clock instead of a digital pet. In this stage we decided to create an actual working product, and as such our MVP was born.

Learning from lessons from this initial product, we then iterated and created our third version. A high-fi prototype which we are launching for you today. Keep in mind, however, that this isn’t our final version. The functions and shapes are there, but for our final product, we will introduce the actual materials that will be in use.

We’re an international team of dedicated people from both Europe and Asia. As university students, we know first hand how hard it can be to stay focused for long periods of time, which is why we decided to create this product.

We are here to support you and your productivity!

To succeed we are now asking for your help! As a backer of our project, you will be eligible for exclusive time-limited rewards as described by the different backer tiers. No matter how much you decide to help, it is highly appreciated!

Check us out at these social media platforms and our website for more information!

  

Risks and challenges

Problems with manufacturing partners: For any company outsourcing its manufacturing operations, there are always associated risks. For example, our manufacturing partner might go out of business. Our plan is to tackle these risks by carefully vetting and choosing our partners. We already have a bulk manufacturer ready, but we are still trying to contact other bulk manufacturers for price quotes so we can look into a better quality with a lower price.

Internal company problems: If a co-founder decides to drop out of the business we could have problems associated with this. We’ve decided to minimize the chances of this happening with a vesting schedule.

Delivery/shipping: Risks associated with shipping include problems with certain shipping destinations. To minimize the risk we will thoroughly look at our options in shipping.

Economics: One risk is associated with the overall economics of our venture. Money may run out quicker than anticipated or unforeseen costs may arise. To tackle with this risk, we have thoroughly and continuously evaluated our financial plan of the venture and will continue to do so as we move along in further stages.

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