With a mission to “harness the power of temperature to improve personal comfort,” Embr Wave has created its very own body thermostat. The cutting-edge wearable is co-founded by three MIT scientists, is backed by Bose Ventures and Intel Capital, and has already raised close to $500,000 on its Kickstarter campaign.
Intelligent Design Features
So how does it work? By simply pressing a button on the Embr Wave wristband, the wearer gets an instant blast of thermal relief. The user gets the similar chill of an ice cube gently resting on their wrist or the sensation running their forearms under warm water. Designed for those who want to personalize the cooling down/warming up experience, the Embr Wave improves your overall comfort without changing the body’s core temperature.
Whether you’re stuck in an overcrowded subway car or working in a chilly office space, the Embr Wave empowers its wearer to adjust to their ideal comfort level. At the touch of a button, you can keep cool after a grueling workout or give yourself a blast of heat while waiting for your car to warm up. “It finally gives you control of the temperature you want to feel, immediately and at the press of a button.”
“Embr Wave is based on the key insight that warming or cooling one spot on your body can improve your overall comfort without changing your core temperature.”
Embr Wave’s Thermoregulation Technology
We all know the incredibly uncomfortable feeling of walking around in wet socks, especially when trekking outside for long distances. It makes your entire body frigid even though it’s isolated to your feet. The same goes for inserting hand warners while skiing. Even though the warming sensation is isolated to your gloves, it provides a universal comfort level similar to standing in front of a fireplace in the winter. This is the magic of the Embr Wave thermostat. “Thermal sensations trigger the regions of the brain that control pleasure and thermoregulation.”
Equipped with three revolutionary technologies, the co-founders of Embr Wave made sure its product differentiated itself from other cooling and heating products. According to the company’s Kickstarter campaign, the thermal sensations that Embr Wave creates are immediate, precise, and energy-efficient. With the ability to personalize the technology by finding your very own temperature sweet spot, wearers can control their comfort no matter how challenging the environment. By having direct contact with your skin, Embr Wave is able to immediate cool or warm your wrist using state-of-the-art conduction technology. With the added bonus of delivering waves of temperature that “leverages your nervous system’s response to rapid thermal changes,” you have yourself one of the most innovative thermal control devices hitting the market in 2018.
To activate cooling, wearers simply click the left side of the Light Bar and voila – a sensation similar to pressing an ice cube to your wrist in well-timed waves. To activate the warming features, simply click the right side of the Light Bar and experience the warmth similar to holding a warm mug. With the option of wearing the Embr Wave on the outside or inside of your wrist, adjusting the sensation point will once again give you greater control of the targeted thermal zone.
Other cool features include 16 temperature sensitivity settings, from Very Cold to Very Warm and a battery life that lasts 2-3 days in normal use (25-50 sessions). More than 200 people have Beta tested the Embr Wave and judging from their reactions on the company’s Kickstarter campaign, this groundbreaking wearable is poised to fly off the shelves. The only problem is pinning down a release date – even though pre-orders have an ESD of November of 2018.
There’s certainly a market for a wrist wearable that allows users to control their temperature while sitting on a stuffy airplane, in a crowded movie theater, or fresh off a grueling spin class. For the temperature sensitive, this could be a game-changer.
About Embr Labs
EMBR labs was founded by four MIT students who are passionate about letting people take control of their own comfort. Their mission is to harness the power of temperature to improve personal comfort & save energy. Embr Labs is driven by the realization that existing temperature solutions haven’t significantly evolved in the last hundred years: these solutions are passive, low-tech, & impersonal.
Since their early days in 2013, Embr Labs has been on a mission to bring the next-generation personalizable wearable temperature to the world.