FokusLabs partnered with Device Solutions to conceive, design, develop, implement and execute RE-vibe wearables for adults and children – Kickstarter Success
December 22, 2015 – Morrisville, North Carolina, USA
Device Solutions Inc today announced the successful launch by their client and partner FokusLabs, Inc. of the RE-vibe: The World’s First Anti-Distraction Wristwear™.
RE-vibe wearables are the world’s first anti-distraction wearables for kids 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-light weight (less than a 1/2 oz.) 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.
FokusLabs of Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA, is proud to build and assemble RE-vibe units in the USA by a team of men and women passionate about quality. The design 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 & phthalates.
In 2012, Device Solutions partnered with FokusLabs to bring an anti-distraction technology to the market to help kids (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, Rich and FokusLabs launched a fund raising effort on Kickstarter. The funding campaign was officially launched on March 3, 2015 and successfully funded above and beyond the goal of $25,000 on March 27, 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.
“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!” – Sharon B.
Rich 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 Rich, 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,” Rich says. 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,” Rich explains. “What I didn’t realize 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 Bob, there were a number of reasons they decided to take a chance on RE-vibe. “First, we are suckers for any project that helps kids,” says Bob. “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.” Bob’s final reason for working on RE-vibe was Rich himself. “Rich was focused on getting RE-vibe in the hands of every child who could benefit from it, regardless of their economic status,” says Bob. “There was no question that he was going to succeed. That kind of passion serves to energize 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.com along with other information about the potential uses of the device and contact information for Rich and his team. As a wearable platform for reducing distractions, Rich 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.
About Device Solutions Inc
Device Solutions is led by Bob Witter, Chris Lamb and Keith Anderson and committed to providing wireless and mobile device consulting, design, and development for embedded products. In its 12-year history, Device Solutions has successfully created many products that impact daily life. Examples of products on the market include a mechanism to control a car’s ignition through breathalyzer, wireless utility monitoring, an implanted heart device that serves those awaiting transplant, wearable electronics, and other innovative embedded and wireless product designs. In 2012, the partners decided to develop Cellio, an IoT/M2M/IIoT product, which simplifies connecting most any sensor or controller to the network. Cellio is designed to address the unique requirements identified across the variety of industries needing to monitor and control remote assets. www.device-solutions.com
About FokusLabs, Inc.
FokusLabs, Inc. is a North Carolina based company dedicated to helping children and adults overcome obstacles faced in the classroom and workplace by fusing psychology with technology. Its introductory offering is the REvibe, a wearable wristband that helps remind users to stay on-task in classrooms, at home, or in office settings. Rich Brancaccio founded FokusLabs to create specialized tools to help kids overcome their difficulties. Rich is a school psychologist who brings nearly a decade of experience working in various school and home educational/therapeutic settings. He formed FokusLabs in 2013 to share information and create technology to better support children and their families. The RE-vibe™ was successfully funded in March 2015, and the initial production units have been shipped to the initial 200 backers. www.fokuslabs.com
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