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, 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.
Finalists have been announced for the 2018 Tekne Awards, a program organized by the Minnesota High Tech Association to honor businesses across the state that are making contributions to technology and science.
Keen was created out of personal need — Aneela, one of the co-founders, suffered in isolation and shame from a hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania) for over 20 years until, with the increased awareness enabled by Keen, they were able to avoid the behavior.
HabitAware, Minneapolis, was awarded a $300,000 federal research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and test a wearable device for treating trichotillomania, a disorder that involves compulsive hair pulling.
Erin Bateman first started pulling out her hair when she was around 13. While she knew it was something other people didn’t do, at first she didn’t think too much about it. But then, friends and family started noticing the effects.
Individuals living with BFRBs often keep their condition a secret, hiding the physical effects with makeup, wigs, and layers of clothing. As a result, many are surprised to learn just how common these disorders are.
Christina Pearson was 14 years old when she started pulling out her hair, creating bald patches on her head. She was taken to a psychiatrist, but in 1970 there was no name for her disorder, and certainly no treatment.