Moms: how many of you have been frustrated by your family’s constant use of phone and tablets, or their constant “need” to watch TV while eating dinner? We’ve talked about the importance of family dinner before, and even shown the hilarious but effective ways to deal with kids texting at dinner. But never before has the power to reclaim dinner been completely in your hands (without your family knowing what’s going on). Take a look at this miraculous invention:

What do you think of the Pepper Hacker? My thoughts are that in a perfect world, we wouldn’t need any kind of object to encourage our families to power down during meal times or any other family time. But if this helps families reconnect, then it can’t be anything but good. Our favorite quote from this video, after all, was “when families disconnect, they connect.”