The hidden epidemic of compulsive hair pulling

August 21, 2018

People with BFRBs perform repetitive self-grooming activities such as picking, pulling or biting. These can cause emotional distress and damage to the body, but the people performing the behaviours can't stop. At their most extreme, these conditions are life-threatening.

St. Louis Park startup receives grant to test bracelet to prevent hair pulling

August 16, 2018

A buzzing bracelet created by a local startup company seeks to counteract a condition known as trichotillomania — the habitual, often subconscious, urge to pull on hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.

School accommodations...Help or hurt? Definitely HELP!

August 10, 2018

Millions of kids suffer from mental health disorders called Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, or BFRBs, which are subconscious behaviors that are physical, repetitive movements or gestures of the hands, focused on the body.  They include but are not limited to: hair pulling (Trichotillomania), nail biting (Onychophagia), and skin picking (Dermatillomania / excoriation disorder).  For many kids, these disorders cause not only physical but emotional and mental harm and can affect their learning in school. 

HabitAware Receives $300,000 NIH Research Grant to Develop Innovative Awareness Bracelet as a Treatment for Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)

August 09, 2018

HabitAware was awarded a $300,000 federal research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to further develop and test its innovative wearable device for treating trichotillomania, a debilitating mental health disorder that involves compulsive hair pulling and affects 180 million people worldwide.

Trichotillomania: Help at last!

July 30, 2018

The bracelets have made her aware of when she pulls and how she pulls. She recently told me that she wants to pull her eyelashes really badly, but is now able to make the choice not to.

Stop Nail Biting With The Keen

June 25, 2018

What I loved is [Keen] was, so easy to set it up. No hassles and no kind of issues. Use our iOS or Android app to train Keen to look out for your specific behavior and movement. I was able to do both of my hands, so when I make that movement towards my face, it will vibrate and I know to stop.

Two Twin Cities Startups Receive Backing From Backstage Capital

June 13, 2018

“Backstage is on a mission to empower those that were marginalized by typical VC culture,” Idnani Kumar said. “To be a Headliner is to embody this mission and apply it to the problems we see in the world.”

Where are they now? Q&A with Minnedemo alumni Aneela Kumar of HabitAware

May 15, 2018

Aneela Kumar is one busy and talented techie. A budding entrepreneur, you may remember her from her Minnedemo20 presentation of Kid Around Town, a mobile app to help families explore their world and capture their memories. Or perhaps you remember her for being the inspiration behind HabitAware, which her husband, Sameer Kumar presented at Minnedemo23.

H is for HabitAware: Stopping Unwanted Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

May 10, 2018

HabitAware makes Keen, a smart bracelet that brings awareness to unwanted behaviors, such as hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. A user connects Keen to our mobile app and “records” their repetitive behavior onto the bracelet. When Keen senses a match to the wrist-based movement recorded, it vibrates gently, bringing the user into awareness and allowing them to have the presence of mind to make healthier choices.

10 proyectos innovadores del mes de marzo

April 04, 2018

El brazalete inteligente – que ha nacido de una necesidad de su creadora – sirve de ayuda a las personas que inconscientemente tienen malos hábitos como arrancarse el pelo, morderse las uñas o cualquier otro comportamiento compulsivo.

What Is a Bill of Materials?

March 27, 2018

John Pritchard is a co-founder and Lead Hardware Engineer at HabitAware, Inc., and an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches an introductory course about the Internet of Things (IoT). “A bill of materials (or BOM) is at the heart of a design well suited for manufacture,” he says. “It is, at its core, a list of all the items necessary to carry out production of a physical good.”

12 Expert-Backed Tips To Help You Stop Biting Your Nails

March 09, 2018


The [Keen] bracelet looks like a fitness tracker and uses motion sensors to detect its wearer’s specific behavior after a one-time training with a companion mobile app. When the device senses your hand doing your unwanted gesture, it vibrates to make you aware of what you are doing, giving you an opportunity to stop.

Sizing Guide

Not sure which size is right for you?

It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order:

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