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Couple hopes device encourages shift to focus less on phones, more on life

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Life is a lot different now that everyone seems to be carrying around mobile phones, information is literally at everyone's fingertips.

Not all of the changes are considered good and one local couple is encouraging people to put down their phone and pick up their life.

"We'd like you to meet NED. NED's job is to help you create a habit of unplugging for an hour or more every day," the promotional video for NED says.

It's the toaster-shaped teal monster that Jenny and Josh Solar hope will encourage families to put down their phones and pick up their lives.

"We really love our phones because they help us do so many things and they make our lives better. But what started happening is they started creeping into our lives and steal us away from the people and moments that matter the most," Jenny Solar said.

NED stands for No Electric Distractions. It's a kid-friendly docking station that doubles as a visual reminder for friends and families.

"As people get more digital with cell phones, computers, all that stuff, we lose all that eye contact and you lose that empathy and compassion you feel for people when you're looking them in the eye and talking to them," Josh Solar said.

The Solars have created a plastic prototype they hope to turn into a household item with the help of the funding platform for projects, Kickstarter.

"I'd really love to get NED out into the world, into the hands of families everywhere. From there I just want to build on the idea of unplugging and being responsible and intentional with our technology use," Jenny Solar said.

For an hour a night NED the phone monster will devour your phone - and can hold charging cords - to keep your phone from devouring you.

Click here to read more on their Kickstarter page and donate to their project.

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