Energy conservation is an important subject, and one that kids should be aware of. And the product in this post is designed for this purpose, teaching today’s children to save energy with an interesting and visual way.
Tio, called by its designer Tim Holley, is a ghost-shaped light switch that gives kids a visual reminder of how much energy they’ve used by leaving lights on.
Tio starts out green and smiling. If the light is left on for more than four hours, he turns yellow and looks shocked. And if you dare to leave that light on for more than eight hours, sweet little Tio turns into a raging red hulk, complete with frown mouth and angry eyes. But he won’t just visually remind your kids about their energy habits; information from the light switch is sent to Tio’s computer program so the entire family can see how they’re doing.
In a brilliant piece of visual positive reinforcement, Holley’s program lets kids grow a “virtual tree” which gets bigger and healthier the more energy they save.