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KeenGlow Twinkle

KeenGlow Twinkle

Cara Poland 145 Views

The Twinkle is a smart light focused on portability, privacy, and flexibility for managing a family routine with young children.  You set the light to change any color you want on a per day and time basis.  In addition to color, you can also choose a behavior, such as blink, pulse, solid, etc.  In our house, red means bed and green means go.  Blue means screen time.  Blinking red means “warning: almost bed time”.  You can choose whatever works well for you and your children.

Our light uses state of the art technology to keep your families routines private by using a web-based interface that avoids the cloud.  My husband developed this when our daughter was a little over a year old and waking up at 5:30am.  She was old enough to recognize colors, but not old enough to tell time.  Now we use advanced scheduling to help our 5 and 7 year olds understand everything from daily routines to “what time is swim class on Friday?”  It’s portability allows us to maintain routines during travel.


Short-term, parents benefit the most.  Routines help parents ease transition times with their children, such as bed time or nap time.  They also benefit by minimizing early morning wake-ups, as children 14 months and older can know when it is time to get up on their own.

Long-term, kids benefit from having a defined routines.  Routines provide them with stability.  A steady routine provides them with confidence, as they can “figure it out themselves”.

What I Will Do With $5,000

We plan to use $300 of the grant money to increase inventory.  The remaining money will be used to expand marketing via targeted social media advertising.  We have a lead that this concept would benefit parents of children on the autism spectrum.  Individuals with autism often struggle with concrete routines and repetitive questioning.  A Twinkle could assist by allowing communication without conflict.  We wish to explore this possibility through partnership with behavioral health specialists.

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About Cara Poland

I'm a 36 year old mother of two. My husband and I are born and raised in Michigan. We lived away for awhile, but came back to raise our children here near extended family.