In a world where the sun can set you on fire, the AC can give you frostbite and your body sometimes decides it’s time to burn you alive simply because you’re not having any more babies, it’s hard to sustain a pleasant temperature. Humans have traditionally used tools such as “blankets” and “air conditioning” and “pants” to keep themselves warm or cool, but now—finally—science has come up with the next innovation in personal temperature regulation and it’s way cooler than wool (sorry, sheep)—it’s the Embr Wave.
The Embr Wave is a bracelet you wear flat against the sensitive skin on your wrist while it uses either warm or cool pulses to adjust your body temperature by up to five degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 degrees Celsius). We know it sounds too good to be true, but trust us—we’ve tried it! If that’s still not enough, researchers at University of California, Berkley found it to be effective too.
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Like any good tech in 2019, the Embr Wave also comes with a corresponding app which you can use to control the device and track your usage to establish patterns. You can turn the Embr on and set the temp right from the bracelet but the app gives you extra options like a “sleep mode” and the opportunity to customize your wave pattern.
It’s not just for times you want to warm up or cool down either. The sleep mode comes in handy as a method for regulating your body temperature and calming your body—you can breathe along with the waves and it can give you something to focus on. Some people even use the Embr to combat anxiety.
“I am an individual with Asperger’s and extreme anxiety in social settings,” one reviewer writes. “Due to the anxiety, I run very hot most of the time… Within minutes of wearing this device, I was pleasantly surprised with my forehead and then body being considerably cooler than normal and remained so for the 25 minutes wearing it.”
Other reviewers have bought it for chronic illness-related temperature intolerances, hot flashes, outdoor sports, working in an uncomfortable environments and to solve thermostat battles with a significant other. While the nearly $400 CAD price tag might seem excessive for such a small device, if temperature is something greatly affecting your quality of life, it might be worth it.
WHO IT’S FOR:
Anyone who is chronically hot or cold and wants to invest in changing that.