As will all great products, it started with a personal need. One of our founders was asked to be the best man for a friend and colleague. Faced with the prospective of having to give the best man speech, he wanted to test an idea of blocking stress. He mocked up our first version of the acustimulator and it worked! He could relax and think clearly while practicing his speech.
Even at the reception when the DJ told him that he was up in ten minutes, he was relaxed and even a bit eager to give the speech. The speech went well. Seeing the maid of honor struggling to get through her speech he vowed to create and bring ChillBand to market. Our mission was clear.
Our second use case came when a friends’ daughter needed to pass a math equivalency test to get into UC Berkeley. The stress to pass was so great she could hardly study. She even threw up worrying about it. Using our early ChillBand, she was able to block out enough stress to pass. Happily, she is now taking classes at Cal.
Other early successes with ChillBand were to help keep folks relaxed and calm with a clear mind:
- during job interviews
- high stake presentations to executives
- stuck in traffic on the freeway, late for an NBA finals playoff game
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Our Story doesn’t end with ChillBand
We want to build a community to make our intellectual property available to others so they can quickly develop solutions based on other acupoints. Hardware reference designs, software, firmware and access to our design, regulatory and manufacturing partners can create a whole ecosystem of support and cross-learning.
As a startup in stealth mode, we have probably revealed too much already. But our goal is to help as many people as possible with our technology. We think of new uses every day and everyone we talk with is excited about the potential for this company and its products.
We are growing as we are building our first fully functional prototypes. Besides design and developing ChillBand, we are building the foundations for our company, MindFramers. So far we have sixteen advisors ranging from industrial design, patent attorneys, startup finance, marketing. We even have tier 1 contract manufacturers advising on manufacturing and quoting to be our manufacturing partner. BTW – we plan to build ChillBand at fully automated assembly and testing factories in North America.