Brothers' bracelet helps treat hair-pulling condition

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  • Monday, 12 Dec 2016

Slightly Robot is a tech startup that makes a bracelet for people with trichotillomania. (Slightly Robot/TNS)

Two brothers, recent UW graduates, develop a chip-embedded bracelet designed to help people who compulsively and subconsciously pull their hair. 

What: Slightly Robot
Who: Matt Toles, co-founder and CEO, and Joseph Toles, co-founder and chief technical officer
The subconscious: The Toleses, brothers and recent University of Washington graduates, have created a bracelet that tracks hand movement – and vibrates when it goes somewhere it shouldn't. The bracelet is meant for people with trichotillomania, a disorder that can cause people to compulsively pull their hair. After a while, such movements become subconscious. Studies say up to 4% of the population has the condition. 

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