About this project
New Year - New Technology: Arriving in time for the upcoming school year!
RE-vibe sends vibration reminders to get them back on task.
Young minds tend to wander. When this happens, class work, homework,
and learning new lessons can all become exponentially more difficult.
Meet the RE-vibe, a vibration reminder band designed by an active school psychologist to get wandering minds back on-task. The goal of the RE-vibe is simple: Empower kids (and grown-ups) with a quiet vibration reminder to get back to work, so they don't have to rely on teachers or parents for prompts.
The RE-vibe is designed from the ground-up to support the needs of everybody and anybody, including our friends with ADHD and those on the autism spectrum.
The RE-vibe works by utilizing a proprietary, patent-pending algorithm to remind users to listen and/or get back to work.
RE-vibe's algorithm approximates when the user is likely to be off-task and sends a quiet vibration signal to their wrist to remind them to listen or get back on-task. This vibration is paired with a phrase such as, "When you feel this vibrate, ask yourself if you're ________________ (listening; doing your work, etc"). It's simple, and akin to a gentle tap on the shoulder from the teacher. The ultimate goal is to get kids thinking about their own thoughts (i.e. metacognition) to help them spend more time engaged in their work.
What really makes the RE-vibe special is it's software is designed to mitigate habituation, which is what happens when you get used to something and stop noticing it, like living next to a noisy road for a while.
RE-vibe also hosts an array of features so it can actually be used in a school or work environment (e.g. quiet, comfortable, non-distracting, kid-proof programming button, etc).
RE-vibe’s unique features:
- Developed by a School Psychologist specializing in Autism & ADHD.
- Three different reminder levels and one homework setting (see FAQs to learn more). One-touch programming is quick & easy to use.
- Motion Sensor - turns RE-vibe on when you're wearing it and off when you're not. No on/off button necessary!
- Modern design with stylish colors look fashionable and function well.
- Distraction-free design, free of screens, buttons or sound effects.
- Hidden LEDs shine through to warn of low battery, charge or other conditions.
- 7+ day battery life on a single charge.
- Rugged, food-grade plastic enclosure free of BPA/BPS, lead & phthalates.
- Velcro-adjustable, washable moisture-wicking band. Smooth, comfortable and strong interior/exterior.
- Ultra-light weight! RE-vibe hits the scales at less than a 1/2 oz.
- Custom programming tool included!
How Does RE-vibe Know When to Vibrate?
RE-vibe approximates when and how to alert users based their reported level of need. We know through research and experience about how often various levels of inattentive kids are on-task and off-task. We've used this data to develop three pre-programmed settings to cover various levels of difficulty (plus an additional mode to help with homework):
1- Mildly Off-task (occasionally daydreams)
2- Moderately Off-task (often daydreams)
3- Significantly Off-task (constantly daydreams).
RE-vibe's patent pending algorithm uses the chosen setting to load various data points which have been carefully selected to best fit the needs of each group (i.e. how often and intensely to receive each vibration reminder sequence); these data points are then varied from vibration to vibration to prevent users from getting used to them
Why are we on Kickstarter?
We were fortunate enough to win two prestigious grants over the past year and have used those grants to fund development of the RE-vibe up to this point. Now that we have fully functional, production grade units (3D printed and hand assembled), it's time to setup large-scale manufacturing to bring RE-vibe to market, so we can put them in the hands (and on the wrists) of those who need them.
With help from you, our backers, we can purchase the plastic molds necessary to start the production process. We will use the funds from this Kickstarter campaign to purchase these molds, and place our initial large-scale production order - which will then get shipped to you, our backers.
We've spent countless hours with our engineers carefully designing RE-vibe so it will work well in a school environment. We've consulted parents, teachers and occupational therapists while designing RE-vibe to create something that satisfied all parties, including the most important of all; kids. As such, careful thought was put into creating a wearable that is comfortable and lends itself well to those with unique sensory needs. It's also designed to be subtle, but trendy so that kids enjoy wearing it. We've removed all buttons and distractions and have engineered to not only be safe, but tough.
We have built and tested several fully functioning prototypes and have created production-grade circuit boards and plastic enclosures (the brains of the device and the shell that holds it all together). We have sourced a sustainable supply-chain to keep parts flowing and have been working with our manufacturing facilities which are all located right here in America. Because we work with a reputable manufacturer, we're able to provide a one year warranty against manufacturing defects.
The staff at FokusLabs is green/organically-minded and have taken careful precautions to only use food-grade plastics that are safe to touch everyday (i.e. no lead, BPA/BPS, phthalates). We have also chosen to manufacture the RE-vibe in the US to ensure our high standards are met to produce a safe, reliable reminder band for all.
How Do I Contribute or Pre-Order One?
We're glad you asked. With your help, we can bring RE-vibe to market.
Backing RE-vibe on Kickstarter is simple and secure!
Log into your Kickstarter account, or create a new account (it only takes a minute). Click the green “Back This Project” button at the top of this page. Enter your pledge amount and select a reward tier (i.e. what you'd like to receive for your contribution, such as a RE-vibe or just a thank you). Submit your secure payment information and that’s it!
You should receive a confirmation email moments after you submit the form. Kickstarter accepts debit or credit card associated with Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. All payments are in US dollars. Note: your card will only be charged after we reach our goal. At the end of the campaign, we'll reach out to you for your band size (e.g. kids or adults).
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What kind of kids might RE-vibe work best with?
A: RE-vibe is best suited for kids who have to rely upon teachers and parents to help stay on-task. While it won't motivate kids who don't want to stick to their work, it will provide much needed reminders for those who do. We're also happy to provide classroom-based strategies and materials for using RE-vibe with kids who are less than excited about school work.
Q: How does it know when to vibrate?
A: RE-vibe approximates when and how to alert users based their reported level of need. We've developed three pre-programmed settings with various internal timetables to cover various levels of difficulty (plus an additional mode to help with homework):
1- Mildly Off-task (occasionally daydreams), 2- Moderately Off-task (often daydreams), 3- Significantly Off-task (constantly daydreams).
Q: Is it hard to "program"?
A: No. "Programming" takes about 10 seconds (because we've already done the the programming for you). All you have to do is select what behavior type the person wearing it demonstrates; we do the rest.
Just use the plastic programmer tool (included) to push the hidden button located inside the RE-vibe.
Select one of the four modes 1- Mildly Off-task (occasionally daydreams), 2- Moderately Off-task (often daydreams), 3- Significantly Off-task (constantly daydreams), 4- Homework Modes by pushing the button in and waiting for the vibration to tell you which number mode your in (1 buzz for mode one, 2 for mode two, etc). Keep pushing the button until you get to the desired mode number, then hold the button down for five seconds to save it.
Your seleciton will remained saved unless the battery runs completely dead. That It!
Q: What is homework mode?
A: Homework mode uses vibrations to tell your child when to start working, when to take a break and when to get back to work, so you don't have to. It also also sends periodic vibration reminders while your child is working, to help keep them on-task. Put the egg timer away - RE-vibe has you covered.
Q: Where is the On/Off Switch?
A: Kids tend to play with things that are there, especially buttons; so we've eliminated it! RE-vibe knows when kids are wearing it and turns itself on when in use; it also knows when they're not, and puts itself to sleep. The only programming button is hidden inside the enclosure and is only accessed with the included programming tool.
Q: How long does the battery last?
A: The rechargeable battery keeps RE-vibe going for approximately 7+ days on a single charge. From completely drained, it takes about 2 hours to charge
Q: Is it waterproof?
A: No. RE-vibe is splash-proof, meaning you can wash your hands and get a splash of water on it, but you can't shower, bathe, or swim with it on.
Q: Is there a warranty?
A: Yes, we've got you covered. We will warranty your RE-vibe for one year against manufacturers defects.
Q: Can RE-vibe treat or cure conditions associated with inattention?
A: No. It’s important to remember that RE-vibe is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases or conditions. Instead, RE-vibe is a behavioral tool which is designed to provide simple prompts for anyone and everyone who needs a reminder to get back to work.
Risks and challenges
We are a very analytical bunch and have really done our homework before stepping to the plate. We have spent much of the past year working with our partners, suppliers and manufacturers to ensure a reliable supply chain with quick lead times and accurate production schedules.
However, like any venture one undertakes, there are some possible factors which could slow speed to delivery; we will always be transparent with our community about possible challenges we may face, including these:
Ship date: We have built in extra time for the manufacturing process and are confident we will ship by the projected dates, but there is always a chance that things may take longer than planned. If this happens, we will let you know.
Product changes: As we refine our product based on large volume molding and production, slight changes may be made. We promise to only make changes that we believe enhance the product and user experience.
Supplier coordination: We work with a variety of suppliers to source the safest materials and ensure the product is developed and built correctly. Each supplier may encounter its own challenges, which may affect its partners, including us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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