Study Ball: Study Ball and Chain Makes Kids Study and Do Homework

Heard about the new Study Ball? The Study Ball and Chain contraption is an electronic device intended to make your kids study and do their homework. I heard about this study ball prison-style thingy on the radio this morning and couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Seriously? Parents really need the Study Ball to get kids to study and do homework?

The Study Ball’s red digital display counts down the “study time left”, then the electronic ball beeps and unlocks when study time is up to release your child from “jail”. The Study Ball weighs 21 lbs, making it difficult for kids to stop studying and doing their homework, so they can of course go play video games and watch television.

The Study Ball cannot be locked for more than 4 hours at a time, and comes with a safety key to allow unlocking the device when desired. The Study Ball and Chain is sold online at Curiosite ( and costs about $115.00.

The website says: “Quite often, students who are having problems concentrating tend to get up every ten minutes to watch TV, talk on the phone, take something out of the fridge, and a long list of other distractions.

“Were they to dedicate all this wasted time to studying, they would optimise their performance and have more free time available.

“Study Ball helps you study more and more efficiently.”

Study Ball Designer Emilio Alarcon came up with the idea after a friend likened revision to being in jail.

He said: “Studying can be fun and enriching if you do it once in a while, but no one likes to study for days on end, especially not with an exam date looming overhead.

“The project was born of a conversation I had with a friend who was studying for a civil service exam.

“He said ‘I haven’t left the house in a week, this is like being in jail’.”

Wow. I bet kids won’t be adding this to their BillMyParents want list anytime soon. The old-fashioned “ball and chain” goes techie! What do you think about the Study Ball? Would you buy it?

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5 Responses to “Study Ball: Study Ball and Chain Makes Kids Study and Do Homework”

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  1. wilson says:

    Lin, I think it’s very cruel to chain the children with this study ball. It makes the children becoming low self-esteem. Due to this study ball, I’m afraid that the hatred of the children to their parents might be becoming worse as well!

    Frankly, I thought it wasn’t the good method to force the children make their homework.

    • Lin says:

      Hi Wilson,

      When I heard about this Study Ball on the radio, I really thought it was intended to be a gag gift. Nope, it’s real. I can see the lawsuits coming already – and kids calling Child Protective Services saying their parents are abusing them with the Study Ball. I wouldn’t blame the kids one bit.

  2. Janet Fox says:

    Goshhh.. Is this real?? In fact.. when I started reading your post even I though it would be some kind of gag gift. But alas…

    I am shocked by the kind of statements that are being said for the chain. Making kids study more efficiently?? So that they can’t go for occasional breaks?? Huh? Why do parents need to buy this. They might as well tie up their kids with a rope or something..

    • Lin says:

      Hi Janet,

      Yes, this “study ball” is real. Ridiculous right? I heard somewhere, I forgot where, that there is apparently a lawsuit already filed against the study ball but I haven’t heard any updates on it at all. If I do, I’ll pass it along of course.

  3. tyra says:

    This thing’s mental…I went to the site selling them; a cursory glance indicated that this range is aimed at college/high school students as a kind of self-imposed study aide (dark humour at it’s finest; It’s something I easily would’ve purchased at school). Ultimately, it’s the kind of thing that should only be employed on oneself, by oneself.

    The scary part is that obviously some parents think it’s applicable to students of all ages, also, that it’s just fine to imprison another human being against their will so they’ll do their…what was it?…HOMEWORK!? Seriously? I think we all agree, that’s pretty [edited to remove inappropriate language].

    I genuinely believe that this product was designed with college students in mind as the target demographic, but alas, there will always be the few twits out there whom inevitably find themselves uttering the phrase, “Hmmm, maybe, juuuuuust maybe, that ball and chain could be used to tether my small child to their desk. That’ll make ’em do there homework! Yes, THAT’S the solution! Then they won’t be distracted by things like, I don’t know: food, water, toilet breaks, human rights, the house burning down around them, etc…”. In cases like that, I think it’s simply best to not procreate in the first place.

    That stuff about the ball people being sued? Again, seriously?

    It’s not rocket science, people: If you chain your CHILD to a TABLE; then clearly, there’s going to be at least SOME potential for mishap! I don’t think they have a right to sue; they’re the morons who chained their kids to the freaking furniture.

    I’ll hop down off my soapbox now, shall I?