In mid-January of 2016, the HabitAware team traveled from our Minnesota headquarters to Asia to participate in HAX. HAX is a hardware startup accelerator program in the heart of the manufacturing capital of the world, Shenzhen, China. HAX has a very small acceptance rate so we are honored to be chosen. HAX provides expertise and mentorship on all the various aspects of making a smart physical product – including hardware manufacturing production, design, certification, software development, packaging and more.
We are here through May 2016 to take the prototypes we’ve been making to the next level: effective, beautiful and ready-to-wear bands to help you break your BFRB habit.
I started a blog, Why Do I Pull My Hair Out, to share facts I learned. I searched online for a way to control my trichotillomania at home and found Keen by HabitAware, the habit-tracking bracelet. I invested in the Keen bracelets because I often pull alone. Keen was crucial to my at-home success. My Keen bracelets remind me when my hands rose, retraining my brain over time to forgo that behavior.
"The best advice I can give other kids or teenagers like me is to use your Keens to teach people so that they will learn about BFRBs and will have understanding and compassion when they come across other people with these habits. Everyone who has asked me about my bracelets has been extremely kind and understanding. I've come to accept that I shouldn't be ashamed and it helps to know that there are other people just like me working to overcome this, too."