Wearables

World’s first anti-distraction wearable

23rd December 2015
Joe Bush

A new partnership between Device Solutions and FokusLabs has led to the launch of the RE-vibe - the world’s first anti-distraction wearables for children and adults, including those with autism and ADHD. Using a proprietary algorithm developed by Rich Brancaccio, founder and CEO of FokusLabs, the RE-vibe optimally reminds users to stay on task (or to get back on task) using different levels of vibrations on the wrist.

Additionally, LEDs that are hidden behind the semi-transparent plastic enclosure can alert the wearer to take a break from a task and also remind the wearer when the battery level is low. The algorithm is designed to make sure that the wearer doesn’t get accustomed to the reminders and begin to ignore them.

RE-vibe is ultra-lightweight (less than a 1/2oz.) and provides a 7+ day battery life on a single charge. It comes installed with three different anti-distraction levels plus a homework mode. One-touch programming makes RE-vibe quick and easy to use. RE-vibe’s clean design has no buttons to push and automatically detects when it is being worn to save power.

The design of RE-vibe is health conscious - the wristband lining is made from OEKO-TEX certified organic cotton and the enclosure is made of rugged, food grade plastic free of BPA/BPS, lead and phthalates.

In 2012, Device Solutions partnered with FokusLabs to bring an anti-distraction technology to the market to help children (and adults) in need where no solution previously existed. RE-vibe was designed by Brancaccio, a school psychologist with over ten years of working with children whose inability to stay on-task prevented them from excelling in the classroom. Compatible with classroom settings, the RE-vibe was created with these children and the needs of teachers in mind. Even though the device was originally created for children, due to popular demand from off-task grown-ups, an adult sized wristband has also been made available.

In 2015, with prototypes developed by the Device Solutions design team, Brancaccio and FokusLabs launched a fund raising effort on Kickstarter. The funding campaign was officially launched on 3rd March 2015. More than 180 backers from around the country supported the funding and all of the backers have now received their shipments from FokusLabs. Initial research results show that RE-vibe is making a positive impact in the lives of the wearers.

Commenting on the RE-vibe, parent Sharon B said: “We have RE-vibes for both of our children (upper elementary and middle school). Both children report that they enjoy wearing their RE-Vibes and feel it helps them stay on task during school. One of my children’s teachers even went out of her way to let me know she was having to re-direct my child less since they started wearing the RE-Vibe. We would definitely recommend this product!”

Brancaccio has seen the making of the RE-vibe wearables as part of his life’s mission, “At FokusLabs, we believe that help should never be priced out of reach. We also put people before profit. This is why we are dedicated to sourcing items that are safe for kids and adults to wear everyday and creating them right here in the US.”

Fortunately for Brancaccio, a colleague introduced him to Device Solutions. “I went over and met with their management team to see how much this was going to cost, but instead of talking about money they asked about my vision,” Brancaccio said. In the end, Bob Witter (CEO) and Chris Lamb (CTO) proposed a partnership. “We all agreed we wanted a functional device that families could afford,” he explained. “What I didn’t realise was just how good these guys are. They took my dream, including my wish list of improvements like LED lights, on-and-off modes and smart components, and made it a reality.”

According to Witter, there were a number of reasons they decided to take a chance on RE-vibe. He said, “First, we are suckers for any project that helps kids. Secondly, although we are still a small company, we are significantly larger than the three person shop we were in 2003-2004. Back then, when we were largely unknown, some folks took a chance on Device Solutions, enabling us to launch and bootstrap our new company. We haven’t forgotten that, and when the timing and project are right we enjoy paying that forward.” Witter’s final reason for working on RE-vibe was Brancaccio himself. “Rich was focused on getting RE-vibe in the hands of every child who could benefit from it, regardless of their economic status,” said Witter. “There was no question that he was going to succeed. That kind of passion serves to energise us - we had to be a part of it!”

RE-vibe units are now available to the public and can be found at http://www.fokuslabs.comalong with other information about the potential uses of the device and contact information for Brancaccio and his team. As a wearable platform for reducing distractions, Brancaccio sees additional functionality and development that can be accomplished with the existing device. Ultimately, anyone who could benefit from occasional reminders to stay on task is a potential customer for RE-vibe. Through the provided micro-USB cable, and custom programming tools, the RE-vibe can be configured and tuned for every individual.

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