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A Watch to Assist with Potty Training

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198397D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 18K

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Abstract

Potty training can be a long and arduous process (typically 8 months or more in duration). Keeping the child engaged and enthusiastic about participation can be a challenge. Moms use rewards (e.g., candy, toys, etc.) and encouragement to attempt to keep the child actively motivated. Encouragement can also come in the form of specific books to be read while the child sits on the potty. Despite these solutions, moms often feel like they are nagging their child by constantly asking their child if they “have to go.” This invention takes some of the nagging responsibility from moms and places it on a watch/timer that the child wears during the day. This invention enables and encourages child engagement in the potty training process through a variety of technical solutions detailed below.

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A Watch to Assist with Potty Training

T. Ales, A. Long, K. Kraus, S. Gakhar

The Problem:

 Potty training can be a long and arduous process (typically 8 months or more in duration).  Keeping the child engaged and enthusiastic about participation can be a challenge.  Moms use rewards (e.g., candy, toys, etc.) and encouragement to attempt to keep the child actively motivated.  Encouragement can also come in the form of specific books to be read while the child sits on the potty.  Despite these solutions, moms often feel like they are nagging their child by constantly asking their child if they “have to go.”  This invention takes some of the nagging responsibility from moms and places it on a watch/timer that the child wears during the day.  This invention enables and encourages child engagement in the potty training process through a variety of technical solutions detailed below.

Summary of solutions:

The primary consumer need is to keep the child engaged and motivated to potty train.  This can be technically enabled by:

Recorded/pre-recorded voice:  Short messages can be played back on the timing device at a desired interval, thereby encouraging the child to try to use the potty.  The voice of the child’s mother or other caregiver is harder to ignore for a child and will keep the child more engaged.  In addition, pre-recorded voices of popular childhood role models, characters, icons, etc. that use a comment to encourage and congratulate the child can have a similarly-engaging effect.  Tying voice feedback to the branding and visual aspects of the watch can help to reinforce the engaging and entertainment of the device.

Enabling encouragement through favorite songs and characters:  A small screen on a watch can make a favorite character appear with links to brand imaging, lights, and dynamic/active character images.  Similarly, these visual forms of encouragement can be tied to audible forms to further engage the child.

Computer Interface:  By linking the watch to a computer (via USB or other method), data/programs can be transferred between the devices.  This can be used to set an appropriate reminder interval based on success on the potty.  These can be recommended by an algorithm based on what made other children successful or chosen by mom from a menu of options.  Other methods of computer interface can be enabled by programmable audible, optical, and radio frequency methods commonly used in device interfacing without wires.  

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