Quitbit was founded in 2013 by two Brown University graduate students who were trying to quit smoking. They realized that there were no simple way to track smoking habits and systematically cut back before quitting.
Quitbit is currently in HAXLR8R, the premier hardware startup accelerator, strategically located in Shenzhen, China, where 80% of the worlds consumer electronics are manufactured. We've been building relationships and working with factories and suppliers since January 2014. Prior to HAXLR8R, they graduated from Betaspring's startup accelerator in Providence, RI. They're getting ready for a crowdfunding campaign on May 12th!
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Can I use it with e-cigs, nicotine gum or patches?+
Absolutely. The Quitbit itself, much like a scale, is a tool to measure, manage and empower the user. You can use the Quitbit however helps you best.
Why will tracking my smoking habits help?+
Trying to cut back your smoking without tracking is like trying to lose weight without a scale. Sure it’s possible, but measuring gradual progress is a great way to stay motivated. If you can measure it, you can manage it.
What do I do with the Quitbit when I quit smoking?+
Simple, share it with a friend who could use it!
How does it light cigarettes?+
Quitbit is a flameless fully rechargeable lighter using a powerful heating element, similar to a car lighter. No need for gas or butane.
How long does the battery last?+
The battery is expected to last 1 week through about 100 lights before requiring a recharge. It takes approximately 2 hours to recharge.
Isn’t a lighter enabling people to smoke more?+
The lighter is the easiest way to track your smoking, which makes it perfect as a tool to measure gradual progress.
Will it count if I share the lighter or relight my cigarette?+
We built some smarts into the lighter to prevent false recordings. We don’t record multiple smoking events within a few minute time window. All your data can also be changed in the mobile application.
What if I cheat?+
The Quitbit is designed to empower users. We want to provide the best possible tools to help smokers measure gradual progress, it’s entirely up to you to take advantage of those tools.
Can you take it onto the plane?+
Yes, it’s TSA approved.
I lose my lighter all the time, how can I not lose the Quitbit?+
Quitbit has Bluetooth LE to connect to your smartphone. If the BLE connection is lost, we can send a notification to your smartphone.
Does Quitbit work with Android?+
Yes, Quitbit uses Bluetooth LE and is compatible with iPhone 4s/5/5s and Android 4.3 onward.
Do I need smartphone to use it?+
The Quitbit works as a standalone device to provide real-time feedback through its display. However, the app is needed to unlock additional features like setting goals, and viewing trends.