Our readership is overwhelmingly male, young, highly-educated, works all the time and is childless. So five– maybe ten– of you will get why this new Kickstarter product is so fucking awesome. But one day– if you have kids– you’ll get it. Oh, will you get it.
Kyle Myers has developed something called The TotSwitch that can turn a DirectTV or Comcast remote into a dead remote with the flip of a switch. Clouds just parted for TV-loving parents everywhere who read that sentence.
Imagine: You are trying to watch a game. Your adorable child is playing in the same room. He wants to play with the following: Your computer, your phone, the remote control. Parents pick their battles with toddlers and the remote control is probably the one you care about him playing with the least. And besides, the other two you can put out of reach. The entire point of a remote control is you want it within reach.
So what do you do? If you’re like me, you take a battery out so he can’t change the channel and you keep him happy. But then what do you do with the battery? You don’t want a loose battery lying around. That creates a new battle of the toddler wanting to suck on the battery. And at each commercial break you have to reinsert the battery to fast forward commercials. This is to say nothing of kids changing settings, recording unwanted shows, stopping recordings, and ordering movies. Or changing the channel when you have 15 minutes of credit on the end of a TV show, only to lose the ending.
This all sounds like a minor annoyance, I know. But I assure you when you have young children little things like this wear away at you day after day.
Apparently, they wear away at Myers too. His solution is simple and ingenious. You replace one of the AA batteries with the TotSwitch, which uses a AAA battery. The hatch on the back of the TotSwitch cuts off the power to the remote. “They’re happy; you’re happy,” he says. “I’ve been using my prototype for about nine months now with my boy. It works perfectly.”
WANT. I’ve shown this to several parents who’ve all had the same reaction.
If you’re a fellow techy parent to young children and want to support Myers, here’s his Kickstarter page and a video on the product below. He only has a small $1,166 of his $30,000 goal raised with 13 days to go. Come on, rich techies in the midst of the Valley’s baby boom. Give him a few bucks. I did.