Inspiration

Tourette Syndrome is a nervous system disorder involving repetitive movements or unwanted sounds. There are more than 200,000 US cases per year and approximately 10-15 percent of those affected have a progressive or disabling course that lasts into adulthood.

What it does

X-Waves tries to teach a “competing response,” which is the essence of habit reversal therapy. Since the brain can’t do two tics in the exact same instant, physical tics can essentially be neutralized over time.

The user can associate sound patterns to the feeling of comfort felt after doing physical tics, hence creating a reinforcing action that can convert physical tics to mental tics

How we built it

The project is divided into two parts. The first part detects and engages the experience. The second part involves visuals, audio and haptic feedback to create an experience similar to ASMR.

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