Can This Smart Bracelet Help You Break Bad Habits?
May 17, 2016
From biting your nails to pulling your hair, some bad habits are notoriously hard to break. To help people put a stop to these common behaviors, Aneela and Sameer Kumar, co-founders of HabitAware, created Liv — a smart bracelet launching Tuesday that gently reminds users when they’re performing a habit they wish to kick.
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.