Big Ideas: “A smart bracelet that can help you break your bad habits” with HabitAware Cofounder, Aneela Idnani
February 28, 2019
As a part of my series about “Big Ideas That Might Change the World In The Next Few Years” I had the pleasure of interviewing Aneela Idnani. Aneela is Cofounder & President of HabitAware. HabitAware created its Keen smart bracelet to help people “Retrain the Brain” from unwanted behaviors, like hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), compulsive skin picking (dermatillomania) & nail biting to healthier behaviors. Having grown up hiding her hair pulling disorder in shame, Aneela is now an outspoken mental health advocate, raising awareness of these very common yet unknown conditions. HabitAware is partly funded by a research grant from the NIH and was named a TIME Magazine 2018 Best Invention.
"“The first step, as a certified trichologist, is to address this as a mental-health and behavioral condition, not a hair condition,” Bridgette Hill says. To reduce the frequency and severity of hair-pulling episodes, she recommends seeking out a mental-health professional, joining a support group, or trying the HabitAware Keen, a smart bracelet that essentially trains you out of your triggers."