If there’s a downside to having the world at our fingertips, it’s the myriad of distractions constantly taking our attention away from the task at hand. Getting focused (much less staying focused) often seems like a losing battle, but now, a partnership between Device Solutions and FokusLabs has found a way to leverage technology to help solve, rather than aid to this problem. The RE-vibe is the world’s first anti-distraction wearable, leveraging a proprietary algorithm to remind wearers to stay (or get back on) task, all by way of slight vibrations on the wrist.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign (it was named one of the Top 7 Most Funded Wearables on the platform by Wearables Magazine), RE-vibe made its official debut on the marketplace Tuesday. Perfect for kids and adults alike, the team behind the device notes that the wearable is ideal for those with autism or ADHD. And while the primary purpose of RE-vibe is to keep wearers focused, it’s also designed to tell users when it’s time to take a break, rest their eyes, or just move on to the next big thing. And if you think that ignoring a buzzing on your wrist would be easy after awhile, think again — FokusLabs notes that their algorithm “is designed to make sure that the wearer doesn’t get accustomed to the reminders.”
Weighing in at less than half an ounce and and capable of maintaining more than seven days of power on a single battery charge, RE-vibe comes to the user complete with three different anti-distraction levels and a homework mode. With its one-touch programming technology and no buttons to fiddle around with, there’s no thought involved in wearing the anti-distraction tool (because all your brain power needs to be saved for your work). Best of all, RE-vibe knows when it’s being worn, so it can save power when not in use.
Originally designed for children by Rich Brancaccio, a former school psychologist who now serves as the co-founder and CEO of FokusLabs, RE-vibe has already garnered impressive testimonials from satisfied users and parents. “We have RE-vibes for both of our children (upper elementary and middle school),” wrote Sharon B., an early adopter. “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 redirect my child less since they started wearing the RE-Vibe.”
Of course, it’s not just children who can benefit from this focus-based technology. Popular demand necessitated that Brancaccio create an adult version as well, and now a larger wristband is also available.
So if you’re looking for a way to focus and have $99 laying around, head on over to FokusLabs and give yourself the gift of an attention span this holiday season.