Hapbee is a scam, and here’s why

Bayandur Poghosyan
2 min readFeb 21, 2020
“A playlist for your moods”, so called

Looks like IGG has quit pretending it’s not just a website hosting pseudo-scientific scams. I looked for a button to report the Hapbee campaign as scam — there was none to be found.

It’s pretty anti-consumer, and I hope — illegal in at least some jurisdictions.

So what’s Hapbee? I don’t mean the skin care company (well, you should start noticing how little they cared about seeming credible).

It’s an “augmentative gadget” that claims to stimulate certain “moods” using extremely low frequency electromagnetic radiation.

The IGG campaign that has surpassed its laughable $15,000 goal and gathered $314,475 of pledges claims it’s based on science and patented technology. It doesn’t reference any actual scientific research in reputable sources, does not actually explain how this works.

Suffice to say, science disagrees.

In particular,

Perceptual and behavioral responses to very low levels of EMFs at low frequency and above have not been reported in humans, and there are no mechanisms at DC or ELF that might imply as yet unreported responses, although they cannot be excluded. There is a considerable literature on perception and behavioral responses to stimulation at magnitudes consistent with direct electrical stimulation of nervous tissues by induced currents in the tissue, but they are limited to the frequency ranges that stimulate excitable membranes.

Everything about this campaign screams scam. The wonky and often illiterate terminology. The promise, not backed by actual scientific progress in the sphere.

But Hapbee will work, in a sense. It will induce a feeling in its backers. That feeling being disappointment.