Launching a Connected Health Wearable: From Hacking to Helping People

Room 205D

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Deep vs. Non Invasive Monitoring

Learn how the Minneapolis company HabitAware propelled their health and wellness product from a local IoT hack day project to TIME’s Top 50 Innovations. HabitAware develops a connected wearable bracelet that helps people manage their subconscious behaviors such as hair pulling (trichotillomania), nail biting (onychophagia), and skin picking (dermatillomania). The device recognizes trained gestures and provides real-time vibration notifications, as well as tracking events with the companion app to show progress over time. Thousands of their customers are seeing profound behavior change both on their own and in tandem with therapists and psychologists.

In this talk John Pritchard, cofounder and Lead Hardware Engineer at HabitAware, will tell the story of HabitAware, the science behind the solution, launching a hardware product, the landscape of wearables in healthcare, and how winning federal awards is shaping the future of the company.

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