Tech-Break, due to be released in May 2021, is a lock box designed specifically for tech devices with a customisable timed mechanism that only allows users to open the door and access their gadgets once the predefined timer runs out. It is designed to help families collectively agree and implement regular screen breaks to reverse the effects of excessive tech use, which is known for impacting physical and mental health.
Powered by a two metre USB cable or three AA batteries, it has a sleek, black compact design, designed to blend into the decor of any room in the house. It features two adjustable shelves along with the base offering ample storage for a family’s devices.
There are three ports to insert charging cables through the back panel and USB-C and lightning-USB cables are included with the device. The ventilated back panel helps to keep the devices safe from overheating while being charged. It is controlled by buttons on the lid and has three user-friendly timer modes allowing users to select a screen free period that works for them — between one hour and fourteen days. Hour Mode allows users to select single hour increments between one and 24 hours. Designed for device-free mealtimes, homework sessions and educating the youngest family members to take regular short breaks from their devices.
Bedtime Mode automatically starts the timer at ten hours, users can then customise single hour increments up to 24 hours. This is the most important part of the day to be free of all family devices, to ensure a good night’s sleep, followed by a stress-free breakfast. 24-Hour Mode allows users to set the timer based on daily increments up to fourteen days. Once set, the countdown clock displays the remaining time and, when the timer runs out, the door automatically springs open.