HandsDown: Stop Touching Your Face!
HandsDown: Stop Touching Your Face!
Your subconscious brain can make you sick. HandsDown™ is a personal trainer that makes you aware of your worst subconscious habits.
Your subconscious brain can make you sick. HandsDown™ is a personal trainer that makes you aware of your worst subconscious habits. Read more
You know the feeling when someone next to you says: “Don’t get to close to me, I’m sick”. Everyone in the room pauses, thinks about it, then gets back to what they are doing. What am I supposed to do with that information? I guess I will just blame you when I'm sick in 2 days?
I have done research on this subject. We touch our face 16 times per hour on average, and it’s the primary way to get most infections. CDC estimates 80% of ALL infections are spread by hands. They also say: A person should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. (Hands are considered “unwashed” seconds after you wash them, as soon as your hands touch anything) What!? Now what am I supposed to do with that information!?
I guess I will just stop touching my face, but I had no idea I was doing it in the first place… how can I change something I’m not aware of? I began to notice other people touch their face. Some of them have their hands on their face most of the time, they must touch their face thousands of times in a day! So I would tell them how much they touch their face, and tell them that is how they get sick. Some people agreed, and were like: “thanks for telling me, I will stop touching my face from here on out!” They stop for about 2 minutes, than they are touching their face just as much, if not more! Clearly, this isn’t going to be solved with talking, reading, or watching movies about the subject. It's our subconscious brain using our hands, without our permission!
I have a background in electronics, so I make a little prototype device at home, it makes a beep when you put your hands by your face. The first prototypes don't work great. So I make some more, all with new problems. I finally get a decent one working. I put it on, and I put the kids to bed, and play some games on my computer (I love computer games). I’m playing a game that becomes difficult, as I’m really struggling in the game, something special happens. The device beeps. Not by mistake. I surprised myself with my own device. Up to this point, when I was wearing the device, I had only touched my face, intentionally, to test the device. This was the first time my subconscious brain used my hands to touch my face without my permission! That first surprise moment was exciting. I had a device that I knew would work! So I kept using it for a couple hours, before I went to bed. I made this my routine, 2 hours before bed, I would watch netflix, browse the internet, or play computer games. All while wearing my little prototype.
After a week, I had really reduced how often I touched my face, after 2 weeks, I had almost no urge to touch my face. If I felt an itch, I would take a deep breath, and usually the itch went away. If the itch didn’t go away, I went to the sink and washed my face. I wore the prototype 2 hours before bed for a month straight. It became easier every day, and then it was like I didn’t have it on at all. I had broken the habit! My subconscious and I were finally on the same side. The side against the germs.
My next surprise was still yet to come. I was at a card party, (texas hold em', winner take all) and after a couple hours of drunken, loud gameplay, one of the players says with a sniffle: "I think I'm getting sick, don't touch me". Everyone got silent. We all knew we had been getting this guys snot all over our hands for hours! I didn't feel the usual icky feeling, I felt confident I had protected myself, because I don't touch my face anymore. I laughed and said "You guys all touch your face constantly, you're sick now!". It was just like the runny nose dinner party:
Also, I don't just feel more confident, I look more confident. This occurred to me when sitting in a church pew at my my cousin's wedding, his best man couldn't get his hands off his face, and it made him look so nervous! A friend of mine told me that professionals look for face touching to detect lies! (look for this next time you play poker)
I get field test feedback, I trade the beep function for a silent vibration function. (everyone hates beeps) I get a couple more prototypes working, and they have some battery issues, so I hire some local engineers to fix that issue, and make another prototype. It’s got everything testers want, all the bugs are worked out, and I’m ready to build more. So I have 2 choices: pay for injection mold tooling $12K upfront, to save about $15 per part in costs. Or: just keep 3D printing enclosures. So I put this on kickstarter. If I get enough pre orders, injection mold is for sure the way to go. If not, I stick to small batches and keep working the schools, hospitals, and clinics. (They get it: this device will save them lots of $$$) So I’m letting you make the decision for me: Do you want one now? Or a year from now? It will cost at least $85 anywear elese because distributors need to be paid. If you want it now and for the best price, back it now.
- 2 weeks: All tooling and component orders are placed.
- 6 weeks: Tooling is finished, App is finished.
- 8 weeks: Circuit boards are built and populated.
- 10 weeks: Enclosures are finished.
- 12 weeks: Units are fully assembled.
- 14 weeks: Units are shipped
- Injection mold tooling: $12K
- Housings: $2K
- Circuit boards: $3K
- Assembly: $2K
- Finish App Graphic Interface: $2K
- Testing and shipping: $2K
- Shirt Clip Components: $1K
- Transaction Fees: $3K
- Failed donations/unexpected expenses: $3K
- Total: $30K
Risks and challenges
Our team includes people experience with producing products with these types of components and manufacturing methods. The worst is behind us because the design is finished and working well. The greatest risk is some manufacturing steps could take longer than predicted.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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