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04 June 2016

Attention! Risks of Re-Vibe, Anti-Distraction Wristwear: Read the Fine Print!

"The Re-vibe is... great for all learners, including those with ADHD or Autism."  How can we allow irresponsible bloggers to "sell" the merits of devices like this?  Was this site asked by the manufacturer to praise its product?  Readers, please educate the author of this post, who obviously hasn't read the fine print about this product designed for children.

The manufacturer, Fokuslabs, says: 

"If you have a medical or heart condition, consult your doctor before using the RE-vibe™. ...

"Skin Irritation. If you notice any signs of skin redness, swelling, itchiness, or other skin irritation from using your wristband, please discontinue...Do not wear your RE-vibe™ wristband more than twelve consecutive hours. Doing so can lead to skin irritation or chafing. Prolonged contact may contribute to skin irritation or allergies in some users.

"Product Risks. RE-vibe™ contains electrical equipment that could cause injury if not handled properly. This product is not a toy and should be used under adult guidance. Do not allow children or pets to play with the product. The product includes/contains small components that can be a choking hazard. Do not use your RE-vibe™ product if the unit is cracked or damaged. Substances in this product and its battery may harm the environment or cause injury if handled and/or disposed of improperly..."
Source:  http://fokuslabs.com/warranty-legal/

Re-vibe review
by Megan, mrswheelerfirst.blogspot, 4 April 2016

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Fokus Labs about a great product that was developed to help remind kids to stay on task. The product is the Re-vibe. Re-vibe is an anti-distraction wristband that was developed by Rich Brancaccio, a school psychologist, in 2013. Rich has spent many of his years as a psychologist helping students with autism spectrum disorders. Rich saw a need for something that would remind students to self-monitor their actions and after many trials, the Re-vibe was born.

Prior to opening and using my Re-vibe, the creator, Rich personally called me to tell me about the product. Now if that isn't dedication, I don't know what is! Rich is very passionate about his product and I can tell he loves sharing the information with others!

Here's how the Re-vibe works: The Re-vibe is worn on a child {or adult}'s wrist. Periodically throughout the day, it will gently vibrate. The vibration reminds the person wearing it to check themselves and see if they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. What's great about the Re-vibe is that it's great for all learners, including those with ADHD or Autism. The Re-vibe has 4 pre-programmed settings that can be set according to the need of the user: mildly off task, moderately off task, severely off task, and homework mode. It uses a patent-pending algorithm to send vibrations at random times. This helps prevent the person wearing the Re-vibe from getting used to the vibrations.
The Re-vibe is simple to set up and use. There are no buttons or distractions on the Re-vibe. There's a 7+day battery life, which is excellent for classroom use! It is built in the USA using food-grade plastic. It has a motion sensor to turn it off or on; also excellent for classroom use! The Re-vibe is very lightweight and comfortable to wear. Included is a power cord, adjustable Velcro band, USB cord, and programming tool in a convenient box. It also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

I was excited to try the Re-vibe with some students in my classroom who could use "reminders" to stay on task. In fact, it was hard to select just one child to try it with! Now that I have tried the Re-vibe, I would love to have a few more! I selected a child who needs some help with getting started and continuing to work in class. Prior to giving him the device, we had a little reminder chat about the importance of staying on task and completing work in a timely manner. Our school uses a PBIS behavior system and we often talk about "checking ourselves" to ensure that we are on task. The student has been wearing the Re-vibe for over a week now. Throughout the days, I asked him if he's been "checking himself" when the vibration went off. He told me that indeed, he was. I have noticed an improvement in his focus overall!

I am so happy to have this wonderful tool in my classroom. It seems like with all of the cuts in education, we receive less and less materials and support to help our students. If you'd like to check this awesome product out, you can click HERE. Rich also has some helpful videos on his site, which you view HERE. To stay in touch, follow Fokus Labs on Facebook!

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