FACE TOUCH AWARE
How often do you touch your face?
The first Apple Watch app to bring awareness to face touching
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FACE TOUCH AWARE: THE APPLE WATCH APP
We all touch our faces
Almost all adults say they don't touch their faces. But observational studies show that we all do it many times each hour. It's unconscious.
Especially now, our society has come to care about face-touching. And we're all trying to become more aware of when we do it.
Check out our video of the app.
Our Silicon Valley team of doctors and programmers is making a change. We've built an Apple Watch app that beeps and vibrates when you touch your face.
Our algorithms detect the location of your hand in real time.
Intended to promote conscious awareness of face-touching, this Apple Watch app has hour-long ‘training’ periods in which it detects if your watch-wearing hand comes near your face.
On average, adults unintentionally touch their faces several times every hour. This App is intended to promote conscious awareness of face-touching, and detects if your Watch-wearing hand moves near your face. This functionality is available in hour-long training-periods in which the App buzzes and counts whenever a face-touch is detected.
This product is not a medical device nor does it claim to diagnose, measure, or treat any condition. It is simply designed to provide awareness and information about your habits for your own use. This app does not function all day long; the window is 1 hour unless reset.
Face Touch Aware Details
Note that the app will not alert you more than every 3 seconds. So if you touch your face three times in a row quickly, the app will alert you only once. This is both an Apple Internal Software Limit (no app will alert a user more than once every 3 seconds), and also to avoid annoying app users with continuous beeping.
Keep track of your habit
No, the purpose of the app to increase face touching awareness, not to prevent you from touching your face.
Make sure that your Apple Watch is not on silent mode on the home screen, and the bell icon is turned on on the app.
You may wear your watch on whatever wrist is comfortable for you. There are no studies specifically on which hand people touch their faces with the most. You may even switch your watch to test this out for you. Just make sure you adjust the orientation settings in the apple watch app on your iphone if you switch between wrists.
The apple watch is not designed to send alerts more frequently than every 3 seconds.
Currently this is only built for iOS, but we are developing an app for Android - sign up for our newsletter to be alerted when the Android version launches.
Dr. Sara Vaughn attended college at Rice University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology. She then completed medical school at the University of Texas in Houston. After completing her Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Dr. Vaughn went on to complete her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Stanford University. While at Stanford she was an innovator and a leader. She developed a resident infertility clinic to improve access to care for more patients and support further resident education. Additionally, she designed Stanford’s initial research trials to understand the role of the human microbiome in reproduction and in-vitro fertilization.
Dr. Don Vaughn is a neuroscientist, futurist, and international public speaker. His foci include human perception, augmented performance, empathic bias, and machine learning. Since graduating from Stanford, Dr. Vaughn’s research has been featured on ABC, ESPN, TIME magazine, and the X-Games. Over a million people have viewed his TEDx talk “neurohacking: rewiring your brain”. He has been an opinion leader for a range of news outlets including The Wall Street Journal and NBC News.
Robin Farmanfarmaian is a professional speaker, entrepreneur and angel investor working on companies poised to impact 100M people or more. She has been involved with over 20 early stage startups working on cutting edge technology in biotech, pharma, med device, and digital health. As a speaker, Robin has had over 140 speaking engagements in 13 countries, and is the author of 3 books; “The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer” (2015); "The Thought Leader Formula: Strategically Leverage Your Expertise to Drive Business & Career Goals" (2019); “Facilitating Virtual Events: Driving Participant Engagement & Interaction” (2020).
Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author, TED speaker, and Guggenheim Fellow. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an Emmy-nominated television series that asks what it means to be human from a neuroscientist's point of view. He teaches at Stanford University, runs a neurotechnology company (Neosensory), and directs the Center for Science and Law. He is the author of eight books, including international bestsellers Sum and Incognito, and his newest book Livewired.
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