To stick with a new challenge and really change your life, you’re going to need more than cold data of a fitness tracker or smartphone app
If you buy a shiny new fitness tracker, there’s a fairly good chance it will end up forgotten in a drawer six months later. Maybe part of the problem is that it isn’t cute enough. A new Tamagotchi-like device is based on the theory that if you really want to form a new habit, it helps if you feel an emotional connection to your technology.
“When you look at the research in wearables, there’s a huge drop-off rate,” says Kayla Matheus, founder of MOTi, a company making an adorable new gadget (named after the company) that is claimed to be able to help you form any habit. “Data alone isn’t enough. We’re human beings—we need more than that.”
MOTI tracks behavior over time, like other devices, but it also acts like a small robotic friend: When you do something that you’re trying to turn into a habit—whether that’s running, making the bed, or cooking more—you push a button, and MOTI emits a series of happy sounds and lights. It’s a simple action, but something the designer says can create an emotional bond.
“My first testers were two guys in their twenties and thirties, and they fell in love with these things,” she says. “The vocabulary they used was interesting—they’d call it a he or a she, something you’d never do with a wearable. Early on, that’s what triggered me to say, ‘Hey, there’s something here about an underlying emotional engagement.'”
Unlike an app, which can easily be ignored on a phone (or, after one too many annoying push notifications, deleted), the gadget is also meant to stay out on display, so it’s a constant reminder of the habit you’re trying to form. “It’s like a symbolic manifestation of your goal that also happens to be cute,” Matheus says.
The Latest on: Habit changing robot
via Google News
The Latest on: Habit changing robot
- Country music fans are extroverts and blues lovers are emotionally stable, Spotify study showson October 9, 2020 at 3:26 am
Researchers for Spotify profiled 17.6 million songs and over 662,000 hours of music listened to by 5,808 Spotify users spanning a three month period for the study.
- MRM Research Roundup: End-of-September 2020 Editionon September 30, 2020 at 2:18 pm
This edition of MRM Research Roundup features diner expecations over the next few months, robots for QSRs, and the best cities for coffee ...
- Obesity expert provides tips for children to avoid unhealthy weight gainon September 28, 2020 at 5:38 pm
With kids spending more time indoors due to COVID-19, many are at risk of gaining weight with negative impacts on their health. "We didn't have anywhere to go. We didn't have anything to do so. Eating ...
- The Habitual Brain: How Routine Action And Thought Are The Structure Of Lifeon September 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm
To have a mind like ours, you need habits like ours. The fields of robotics and AI should note this well: instead of making clever robots, they should try to design machines with habits!
- University Of Maryland Researchers Explore Use Of Robots To Encourage Social Distancing, Prevent Spread Of COVID-19on September 22, 2020 at 6:05 am
(WJZ) — While practicing social distancing has become a habit for many ... the University of Maryland is exploring how autonomous robots quickly moving through crowds, herding people away ...
- From lab-grown meat to robot baristas, how Covid is changing the future of our foodon September 18, 2020 at 10:13 am
Covid-19 is changing the future of our food – and it’s not all bad. Gareth May tucks into the tech fuelling the rise of conscientious grub. Challenging people’s bad dietary habits and ...
- Uniqlo boosts investment in e-commerce in Japan and Chinaon September 15, 2020 at 6:15 am
Utilizing integrated-circuit tags, sensors, robots and other technology ... The pandemic is changing consumer habits. After the Japanese government lifted its COVID-19 state of emergency, 46% ...
- Save $200 On The iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuumon September 10, 2020 at 11:18 am
Amazon has the iRobot Roomba i7+ on sale for $200 off. Allowing you to pick up this robot vacuum for only $797. That's a pretty good price, all things considered. With Imprint Smart Mapping the ...
- Robots can now stack shelves from remote-controlled VRon September 4, 2020 at 9:24 am
How to break social media habits detailed in ‘The Social Dilemma ... "We are human beings as well and we are capable of changing and capable of giving back." ...
- All These Bitches is Robotson August 27, 2020 at 10:05 pm
Simply take a tablet, now we're breaking habits, tragic how you think you need ... She just gave me change I didn't mind, it's hard to be a broke joke of smoker who owe more than four past last ...
via Bing News