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Alone among millions: Finding MY cure for Trichotillomania

July 25, 2019


I pull out my hair. Hair pulling is a coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, boredom and other emotions. The behavior is often trancelike – characterized by a compulsive urge to pull out hair on the head, face or other parts of the body. It is a disorder medically known as trichotillomania.

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Aneela Idnani — Drinks with Her

July 18, 2019

Aneela Idnani Kumar of HabitAware discusses her inspiration for the company, her experiences with trichotillomania and dealing with mental illness. Through Keen, users become aware of body focused repetitive behaviors and can change their actions. We chat about this and more over fresh squeezed juices.

TEDxFargo celebrates 10 events with 28 speakers, performers

July 13, 2019


The 10th local event, being held July 25 downtown at the Fargo Civic Center, will include 28 speakers and performers.

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“I think we need to recognize that our minds are fragile and mental health disorders can strike at any time.” with Aneela Idnani

July 07, 2019

"I also think we need to recognize that our minds are fragile and mental health disorders can strike at any time. We need our governments, our insurance companies, our education system and our healthcare providers to build a better support system for those with mental health conditions. We need more preventative care and early intervention."

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Meet Minne Inno’s 2019 Inno Blazers

June 22, 2019

Members of Minnesota’s tech, business and startup communities converged in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday night to celebrate Minne Inno’s Inno on Fire, a party honoring 50 of the most innovative companies and individuals in the state.

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A bracelet to help break a bad habit!

June 15, 2019


Habits often become "mindless"... you might not even know you are doing it. And, if you do, you often come up with excuses in your mind why you need to. 

Habits can lead shame and embarrassment and impact your daily life. 

Nail biting, thumb sucking, hair pulling and skin picking are just some of the habits Keen can help with...

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From nail biting to hair pulling, this smart bracelet builds awareness

June 10, 2019

Hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting are all body-focused repetitive behaviors that can have a huge impact on people's lives. A Minneapolis-based tech startup developed a smart bracelet to build awareness of these behaviors.

From nail biting to hair pulling, this smart bracelet builds awareness

June 08, 2019

A Minnesota tech startup developed a smart bracelet that builds awareness of unwanted repetitive behavior like hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting.

Hard Habits to Break

June 03, 2019


Ellen Crupi can easily recall when she first pulled out a strand of her long dark hair in the same way some people might remember their first kiss or losing their first tooth. She was 12 years old and in gym class at her suburban Rhode Island middle school, waiting for teams to be chosen. 

“I was probably just playing with my hair to calm myself down, and I pulled a piece out. I don’t know why,” says the 54-year-old Crupi, who lives in Bethesda. “Ever since that moment, I was hooked. I just felt a zing.”

Pulling out her hair became a coping mechanism for Crupi, a way to tackle anxiety or even boredom, and nothing she was too concerned about at first.

Inventors Helping Inventors #21 - Aneela Idnani

May 06, 2019

Alan interviews Aneela Idnani - inventor of the Keen bracelet.

Tune in to learn how, after suffering for years with a psychological disorder that caused her to pull out all her eyebrows, she invented a solution - the Keen bracelet.

The Keen bracelet has changed habits and touched thousands of lives all over the globe.

HabitAware Receives $300,000 Grant to Advance Work Treating Hair-Pulling Disorder

April 10, 2019

Through a study funded by the grant award, HabitAware will evaluate the feasibility of Keen as an official treatment for trichotillomania. Simultaneously, Keen will be further developed into a tool for self-administration of Habit Reversal Training (HRT), one of few verified treatments currently in existence.

A New Tool to Overcome Skin and Hair Picking Disorders

April 10, 2019

You, she reminds, are who’s really in control. And that’s where Keen comes in. When the bracelet vibrates, it’s bringing the picking compulsion from the subconscious into the conscious — giving you the ability to then consciously say to yourself “my hands are not where I want them to be”.

HabitAware Keen 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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