Want to kick a habit? Try an app

 1/28/2018  Mark Ellwood


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.