HabitAware’s Liv smart bracelet helps you manage compulsive behavior
May 17, 2016
Liv sends a gentle buzz that you can feel on your wrist as a reminder that you may be doing something that is dubbed Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, or BFRBs. Liv offers its alerts in real time, as you are doing something compulsive. It is designed to keep you alert to the position of your hands.
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.