There’s a lot of compulsive behaviors that people would stop doing if they were only conscious of them. That’s the thinking behind the Liv smart bracelet, a product from a Midwestern startup called HabitAware.
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 …
From biting your nails to pulling your hair, some bad habits are notoriously hard to break. To help people put a stop to these common behaviors, Aneela and Sameer Kumar, co-founders of HabitAware, created Liv — a smart bracelet launching Tuesday that gently reminds users when they’re performing a habit they wish to kick.
Minnesota wearable startup HabitAware has recently joined Hax, an international accelerator for hardware makers. Cofounder Sameer Kumar says his company is one of 14 selected from around the world to participate in the spring cohort. HAX is a well known and widely respected hardware accelerator situated between Silicon Valley and Shenzhen, China.
Kumar lead off the presentations, introducing the electronic bracelet designed to alert users when they are engaged in a behavior they have identified as undesirable. Kumar said an individual’s stress-related incidents of hair-pulling lead him to design the device, which provides feedback to the user to help them discontinue the behavior.
The grand prize winner of the six-week program is HabitAware, a behavior modification wearable that alerts the user when they are performing nervous or anxious behaviors. Born from the developer’s personal struggle, the device helps individuals with Trichotillomania and other body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB) by creating awareness of the undesirable action.
HabitAware is wearable behavior modification tool that alerts when nervous or anxious undesirable body-focused repetitive behaviors are made. The idea for HabitAware was born last fall at IOT Hackday and the plan is to bring the product to market in early 2016 with the funds applied towards prototyping.
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.
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