Wearable Tech World Feature Article
December 31, 2015

Re-vibe Device Allows Distraction-Prone Users to Focus on their Work

Device Solutions recently announced the launch of Re-vibe, a wearable device designed to help those who suffer from autism or ADHD to stay on task. The device was developed in collaboration with FokusLabs and fits on the user’s wrist like a watch.

Morrisville, North Carolina-based Device Solutions, Inc. provides engineering consulting and makes Cellio, a customizable Internet of Things (IoT) solution with different sensors. The company also provides testing and various certifications including FCC, UL, and Bluetooth.

Based in Wake Forest, North Carolina, FokusLabs, Inc. develops products designed to help children overcome personal difficulties. The company is led by Rich Brancaccio, a former school psychologist who specialized in helping children with autism and ADHD.

Re-vibe is a watch-like device with a plastic enclosure containing electronics inside. The enclosure is attached to a cloth wristband. There is no digital or visual display on the device, which would likely distract users and defeat the purpose of the device. The only indicator on the device is an LED, which turns on when the device needs charging.

A company video demonstrates the device. The user gets a vibration, which serves the same purpose as a tap on the shoulder from a teacher or parent to get back to work. The vibrations are designed to vary in frequency and intrensity so that the user does not get accustomed to a pattern and begin to ignore the device. Accelerometers inside let the device ‘know’ when it is being put on and removed.

Although originally designed for children having trouble paying attention in school, FokusLabs has received interest from adults too.

Brancaccio saw the need for a device like Re-Vibe and educated himself on computer software and hardware to create a prototype. Seeing the limits of his engineering skills, he hired engineers, worked with companies like Device Solutions, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a sellable product.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) the number of children aged 3-17 ever diagnosed with ADHD is at 5.9 million, which is 9.5 percent of all children in this age group. Boys are more affected by ADHD as 13.5 percent of all boys have the disorder.

The economic impact of ADHD has been estimated to be over $14,000 per person and total $42.5 billion for the whole U.S. Education expenses, loss of income, juvenile justice, and healthcare are among the expenses attributed to the disorder. By taking the initiative to address a problem that the market offered no solutions for, Brancaccio may have developed a product that will not only be lucrative for him and his company, but have a significant impact on improving the lives of many Americans. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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