MHTA venture conference focused on emerging tech issues
November 08, 2018
Several hundred investors, analysts, technologists and others interested in the commercialization of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and blockchain technology attended this week’s annual "venture conference" of the Minnesota High Technology Association (MHTA). HabitAware, a recent Minnesota Cup winner and MEDA $1 million Challenge finalist, that helps people curb compulsive behavior such as nail biting, hair pulling and skin picking with a smart bracelet that notices the behavior and helps reverse the habit.
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.