Thank you to these amazing journalists and bloggers for sharing our story and Keen as a wearable device for positive behavior change. We appreciate your efforts to raise awareness of body focused repetitive behaviors, like trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), dermatillomania (skin picking) & onychophagia (nail biting).
HabitAware, une start-up technologique, développe un système intelligent visant à suivre le comportement d’une personne ayant des problèmes de tics. Ceux qui ont tendance à se tirer les cheveux, se ronger les ongles ou se toucher les mains peuvent parfaitement utiliser cette technologie.
HabitAware, basé à Minneapolis, a reçu un investissement supplémentaire de 30 000 dollars le mois dernier. Cette société fabrique des bracelets pour aider les gens à contrôler leurs mauvaises habitudes et à éviter les tics. L’entreprise a d’ailleurs remporté la 14eédition du concours commercial de la Coupe du Minnesota et a remporté un prix de 50 000 dollars.
This week, a Twin Cities couple,Aneela Idnani Kumar and Sameer Kumar, won first place in the nation’s largest competition for entrepreneurs. The Minnesota Cup’s grand prize of $50,000 went to a company called HabitAware.The company make a tracker called Keen that is worn on the wrist. It’s for people who need help managing impulse control issues like hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting and thumb sucking.
HabitAware got its start two years ago when Aneela Idnani Kumar and her husband, Sameer, set out to use smart-wearable technology to treat an impulse-control disorder known as trichotillomania that involves pulling out one’s hair. She has had “trich” for more than 20 years.
HabitAware, a tech startup developing a smart awareness tracker to stop behaviors like hair pulling, nail biting and skin picking, won first place in the Minnesota Cup Monday night, walking away with the competition’s $50,000 grand prize.
HabitAware, a Minneapolis company that makes a bracelet to help people control habits and tics like pulling hair and sucking thumbs, won the $50,000 grand prize the 14th annual Minnesota Cup business competition Monday.
“And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist.”
This is the first thing that HabitAware co-founder and designer Aneela Idnani told me when I asked her how she went from wanting a device to help her with her bad habit of hair pulling to leading a company that received a $300,000 research grant and won the grand prize at the 2018 Minnesota Cup startup competition.
Aneela Idnani, Co-Founder & "Chief Trichster" at HabitAware joins eHealth Radio and the Health News & Technology Channels. She is the inspiration for HabitAware's Keen smart bracelet to help people overcome unwanted behaviors like compulsive hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting.
Three medtech startups that aim to help people with mobility are among the finalists for the Minnesota High Tech Association’s annual Tekne Awards. Another finalist makes a wearable device to help people break chronic habits.