A Wearable That Stops Nail Biting, Hair Pulling, and Other Habits
May 19, 2016
The Liv Smart Bracelet is one of the first truly second-generation wearables that I’ve seen. Unveiled this week in San Francisco at the HAX hardware accelerator’s biannual demo day, Liv, from HabitAware, is designed to break bad habits by interrupting the wearer with a vibration in the midst of doing whatever it is he or she wants to stop doing.
Through a study funded by the grant award, HabitAware will evaluate the feasibility of Keen as an official treatment for trichotillomania. Simultaneously, Keen will be further developed into a tool for self-administration of Habit Reversal Training (HRT), one of few verified treatments currently in existence.
You, she reminds, are who’s really in control. And that’s where Keen comes in. When the bracelet vibrates, it’s bringing the picking compulsion from the subconscious into the conscious — giving you the ability to then consciously say to yourself “my hands are not where I want them to be”.
Aneela Idnani hid her stress-induced hair pulling for 20 years. So she founded a company, HabitAware, to create one. Its flagship product: Keen, a sleek, smart bracelet that users program to pick up on repetitive motions, such as hair pulling, skin picking or nail biting.