H is for HabitAware: Stopping Unwanted Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
May 10, 2018
HabitAware makes Keen, a smart bracelet that brings awareness to unwanted behaviors, such as hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. A user connects Keen to our mobile app and “records” their repetitive behavior onto the bracelet. When Keen senses a match to the wrist-based movement recorded, it vibrates gently, bringing the user into awareness and allowing them to have the presence of mind to make healthier choices.
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”.