IoT Hackday winner HabitAware invents wearable tech for bad habits
October 20, 2014
Sameer Kumar was inspired to solve a real problem going into Minnesota’s IoT Hackday on Saturday. Someone he loves suffers from Trichotillomania — the recurring urge to pull hair from the scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body.
Aneela Idnani had been suffering in shame for over 20 years from a mental disorder that affects over 20 million people. She was ripping out her hair and she wasn’t able to turn it off. Aneela and her husband banded together to make a device that could help combat compulsive repetitive behavior and a business was formed. Marcus sits down with Aneela to understand her story, her business and goals. He also invites the perfect guest to join the conversation. Although Howie Mandel has been open about his mental health struggles for years, there was a time when he too was desperate to hide his condition
"“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."