HabitAware Bracelet Can Help Break Your Bad Habits
October 11, 2018
This week, a Twin Cities couple, Sameer and Aneela Idnani Kumar,, won first place in the nation’s largest competition for entrepreneurs. The Minnesota Cup’s grand prize of $50,000 went to a company called HabitAware. The company make a tracker called Keen that is worn on the wrist. It’s for people who need help managing impulse control issues like hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting and thumb sucking.
Dealing with the stress of everyday life can be rough, and that’s outside of the added pressure of a global pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our sense of daily normalcy, countless Minnesotans are facing uncertainty, isolation, and fear.
Have you heard of trichotillomania? How about dermatillomania? Both are known as “body-part repetitive behaviors”—in this case, hair pulling and skin pulling. To help break habits like these, Minneapolis-based HabitAwaredeveloped a smart bracelet called Keen that detects repeated motions and issues a vibration to alert users to their actions.