Kansas City, MO -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/13/2015 -- New startup Game Nanny Box aims to simplify family screen time and game time. The project is live on Kickstarter at http://kck.st/1cjJ4i3 until June 8th. This unique product ends the arguments about screen time by acting as a timed lockbox for tablets, game controllers, mini game consoles, TV remotes, or anything else. Game Nanny Box tracks check-out times on a screen, gives audible warnings, and penalizes kids who check-in late. The system also has two charging ports to keep tablets and games charged.
Parents and sitters are tired of the game arguments, and smart parents know too much screen time interferes with academics and sports. A 2014 CDC study concludes kids and teens are getting too much screen time and references NCHS data on school performance and overall health. A 2005 USA Today article Childhood pastimes are increasingly moving indoors describes how childhood moved indoors in a single generation.
How It Works
1.A child picks her user on the Game Nanny Box keypad, and then enters her personal code.
2.On the next screen she can check-out a device, which opens a cabinet door. This also starts a countdown timer on the screen and begins her game time for the day.
3.The box gives audible warnings both at 5 mintes remaining and 1 minute remaining.
4.If the child does not chek her device back in within the allotted time, she is penalized by losing some or all of her time the following day.
5.Parents check contents at end of day, and can make changes to each child's access.
Kickstarter.com was chosen for project crowdfunding and market feedback. If the initial funding goal is reached, production will begin immediately on certain components. A custom circuit board is complete and in testing. The funds are needed to complete the charger design, and production of the initial orders. There are stretch goals to upgrade the systems with WiFi and device tracking, but if the initial goal is not reached the project is cancelled and backers are not charged anything. If successful, backers will receive their Game Nanny Box or other project rewards in the late summer 2015.
About Game Nanny Box
Creator John Massengale has always had a passion for automation and hobby electronics. As a father of three he is familiar with his, and other parents', challenges with too much child screen time. The company website is http://thegamenannybox.com/ and the product received a provisional patent in 2014. This new product was designed and prototyped at Hammerspace, a makerspace in Kansas City.
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