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Thank you to these amazing journalists and bloggers for sharing our story and Keen (formerly know as Liv) as a wearable device for postibehavior change. We appreciate your efforts to raise awareness of body focused repetitive behaviors, like trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), dermatillomania (skin picking) & onychophagia (nail biting). 

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Think Tank: Your Style Is a Device - Literally

 2/23/2018  Benjamin Lord

2/23/2018

Benjamin Lord

Finally, the applications don’t have to be simply about physical activity tracking or syncing apps: Check out HabitAware, whose Keen smart bracelet uses a sophisticated motion sensor to help people reduce unflattering behaviors like hair pulling and nail biting.

 

 

 

Help with Mental Health from HabitAware at CES 2018

 2/14/2018

2/14/2018

The HabitAware Keen is a wrist-worn wearable that’s very similar in style to a fitness tracker. The Keen uses gesture-detection technology to recognise when the wearer is engaging in behaviours associated with poor mental health. For most people, biting their nails is just a bad habit, but for many with mental health issues, it’s a symptom of something much more serious.

 

 

Want to kick a habit? Try an app

 1/28/2018  Mark Ellwood

1/28/2018

Mark Ellwood

Of course, using technology to retrain ourselves isn't novel - countless apps, from Headspace to HabitBull, promise to curtail or curb bad habits. It's a far bigger commitment to invest in hardware to hardwire new behaviour into the brain.

The Keen bracelet, from startup HabitAware, grew out of founder Aneela Idnani Kumar's two-decade struggle with trichotillomania, a disorder where sufferers distractedly pull out their own eyebrows and lashes. She devised a motion-sensing wristband that vibrates every time users make the gesture related to their habit - it's recommended to help with nail-biting and skin-picking, too.

 

 

These clever apps will help you break many of your worst habits

 1/26/2018

1/26/2018

The Keen bracelet (from US$149), from startup HabitAware, grew out of founder Aneela Idnani Kumar’s two-decade struggle with trichotillomania, a disorder where sufferers distractedly pull out their own eyebrows and lashes.
 

Failed Your Resolutions Already? Time to Try a Habit-Breaking App

 1/25/2018  Mark Ellwood

1/25/2018

Mark Ellwood

HabitAware grew out of founder Aneela Idnani Kumar’s two-decade struggle with trichotillomania, a disorder where sufferers distractedly pull out their own eyebrows and lashes. She devised a motion-sensing wristband that vibrates every time users make the gesture related to their habit—it’s recommended to help with nail-biting and skin-picking, too. 

4 Reasons CES Should be on Your Bucket List [Guest Post]

 1/19/2018  John Pritchard

1/19/2018

John Pritchard

We develop wearable technology to help those who suffer from compulsive behaviors such as hair pulling, skin picking and nail biting and were able to showcase our company and technology. As a first-time exhibitor and attendee, I was blown away. It is such an exciting and slightly overwhelming atmosphere.

 

“Bucket List” CES Ends On Sour Note For HabitAware Founder, Aneela Kumar

 1/15/2018

1/15/2018

Now, all of those important contacts are gone, but hopefully just temporarily. If you visited Keen for any reason, and left your business card, please send a note to Kumar with your contact info. Her email address is on her card, which is probably in your stuff. If you didn’t receive Kumar’s card please email her at hello@habitaware.com  If you aren’t sure, watch the video above!

CES 2018: Bad Habits Be Gone With Keen By HabitAware

 1/14/2018   

1/14/2018

 

HabitAware is an amazing minority woman led startup out of Minneapolis Minnesota. They have created Keen, a wearable designed to help people recognize their bad habits and break them and it works. Created by Aneela Kumar, a chronic hair puller until using Keen, this wearable was one of the most unique wearables we've seen at CES in the last few years.

Los zapatos que llaman al 112 si te caes y otros gadgets de salud que llegan en 2018

 1/12/2018   

1/12/2018

 

Para quienes se muerden las uñas, se tiran del pelo o tienen cualquier otro comportamiento compulsivo, esta pulsera HabitAware (atención hábitos) se postula como la solución definitiva. El brazalete cuenta con un sensor de movimiento que detecta si se está realizando la conducta a eliminar, emite una vibración leve y que tan solo notará el usuario. Si no garantiza la solución, lo que es seguro es que ayuda a “readiestrar el cerebro”.

CES Live Blog Day 4: Vegas’s Biggest Gadget Show Rolls On

 1/11/2018   

1/11/2018

 

I think people who don’t have habits like trichotillomania (an irresistible urge to pick out your body hair) don’t really understand how distressing a compulsive habit can be. Habitaware nudges you whenever you engage in your compulsive behavior to help you stop. It’s fun to see the bracelet refine what your compulsive behavior might feel like.

 

Aneela Idnani Overcomes Her Disorder of Pulling Her Hair

 1/11/2018   

1/11/2018

 

Aneela Idnani had lived hiding a secret for 20 years: she used to compulsively pull out her hair. A type of mental health disorder that involves hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking that affects 30 million Americans. Aneela says, “I didn’t want anyone, especially my husband, to think I was a lesser person because I did this thing to myself.” She adds, “I didn’t want others to think I was weird or that there was something wrong with me.” The long and lonely internal struggle made it very hard for Aneela to lead a normal life.

 

Robots and time travel at CES 2018

 1/10/2018   

1/10/2018

 

And for anyone who needs a little self-improvement, there's Keen from HabitAware. The smart-bracelet uses gesture detection technology to gently nudge wearers into breaking bad habits, such as nail biting or hair twirling. The bracelet vibrates when it notices that your hands are in the wrong place and vibrates as a reminder.

 

5 Women CEOs & Founders You Ought To Know From CES 2018 #CESSoMale

 1/10/2018  Marie Flounoy

1/10/2018

Marie Flounoy

Keen (by HabitAware) is a smart bracelet that helps people like its founder, Aneela Kumar, take control of unwanted behaviors like hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. These mental health disorders are collectively known as body focused repetitive behaviors and negatively impact the lives of 30 Million Americans. 

"I was a hair puller for 20+ years," says Kumar. "It began as a coping mechanism for my father's battle with cancer. Until my husband caught me without eyebrows and we set out on a journey to make something that made me aware: Keen."