Screenbeing

Observation

I’ve noticed parents aren’t overly concerned about what their children are using screens for. The problem is the excessive amount of time children spend on their devices. I observed that current alternatives are focused on restriction rather than reward. I recognised that singular apps are easier for children to bypass through accessing parental controls or uninstalling.

Process

I expanded from my initial idea of a sleep charger from the Mini-Major and decided to market the idea towards parents as the customers and their children as the users. I conducted a customer interview and user profile to insure the project was authentic. l explored different development possibilities through sketching, rendering and modelling.

Solution

Screenbeing is a package of physical products and a digital app. Its centred around a balanced reward system where the child’s down time (any time spent off their devices) is used to fund their global screen time allowance. Each of the slabs docked in the hub resembles one of their devices.

Down Time Charge

When all of the child’s device slabs are docked, their down time will increase their global screen time.

Screen Time Reward

If one device slab is removed, then the global screen time will decrease concurrently with device usage.

The App

The Screenbeing app guides the parent through the setup process of installing their new hub into the home and digitally setting up user profiles. https://youtu.be/0d6cwpB1Mo0

Advanced Settings

The advanced settings allows the parent to adjust the ratio of down time to screen time. Time frames can also be added to vary how much screen time can be earnt during different times of the day. This can be useful for during the child’s bed time or while they’re at school. https://youtu.be/Z94tCEIZHMA

Expansion

If the child uses more than six devices expansion modules can be purchased. The expansion allows an extra two devices to be added to the existing hub profile. Endless expansions can daisy chain together from the hub.

Colour Range

Most electronics come in stock colours of black and white, I included these as they aesthetically fit into most household rooms. I added four colour variants of blue, green, orange and purple because these could be more engaging for children. The parents may even allow the child to choose the hub and expansion module colours seeing as they are the end user.

Technology

The extension module joins to the hub using male to female USB type C connection. The wireless device slabs work using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The Screenbeing hub acts as the RFID reader and identifies the device slab antenna to signal whether it’s being removed or inserted.

The Ideal Scenario

The ideal scenario for introducing Screenbeing would be to install it when the child obtains their first screen time device. This should help to reduce dispute because the child wouldn’t know any different and they have to come to agreement. New devices can be added or removed from the hub as the user becomes older and self-aware.