A thermostat that you wear on your wrist sounds too good to be true. But just like pausable TV, video chats, self-driving cars, and leisure trips to space, technology found a way. In this case, Embr Labs technology found a way.
On its website, the brand touts its Embr Wave 2 device is designed to “change how hot or cold you feel” by stimulating nerves on your wrist that are sensitive to temperature. The idea, is that a cold or warm feeling targeted to a specific area of your body can have a holistic effect. Think of running your hands or wrists under cold water when you’re hot, or holding a warm cup of coffee when you’re cold. The Wave 2, which resembles a fitness tracker, promises that same thermal relief, but at the convenient push of a button.
Intrigued? I was, too. Imagine the potential: universal comfort. The brand is even trying to make “wave” and “waving” happen (and for the record, I’m totally on board). Sweating on the Subway? Wave. Find yourself stuck under an open vent? Wave. From tundra-like offices to muggy gyms, instant thermal relief can be yours — at least according to Embr Labs. I had to feel for myself.
The first thing I did upon receiving my Wave was charge it, which took about two hours. It’s sleek, stylish, and looks like a piece of jewelry I could see myself wearing regularly. In other words, it’s unobtrusive and blends in with whatever you’ve got on. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to test it out and begin my first wave.
I placed my device about an inch away from the palm of my non-dominant hand with the buttons facing my elbow, per the welcome manual. Next, I downloaded the Embr Wave 2 app. The app took me through an easy and comprehensive setup that outlined even more of the device’s capabilities and explained in further detail the science behind waving. Most importantly though, I learned the app allows you to create personalized wave sessions. Waving can also be done by pressing the cool or warm button on the actual thermostat, but through the app, you can easily set the duration of your sessions as well as the intensity. In addition, the app tracks your patterns, which, over time, can help you uncover helpful insights.
Before beginning a session, you have the option to select what type of experience or relief you’re looking for. You can choose from: comfort, hot flashes, stress, or sleep. I picked “comfort” first, which is what I used the most throughout the seven consecutive days I wore my device. My body tends to run on the colder side, so once I tapped “comfort,” I selected “warm up,” which the app describes as “comforting waves that feel like a warm hug.”
And just like that, sitting at my desk, at home on a Friday afternoon, I began to wave. Within seconds, I felt a warm sensation on my wrist. It was soothing, it was pleasant, and it helped me feel relaxed. It reminded me of how I feel when I use my car’s seat warmer on a particularly chilly day. Unlike a seat warmer though, the Wave delivers thermal comfort, like its name suggests, in intermittent waves. According to the app, this helps prevent our thermoreceptors from getting used to a constant temperature and thus becoming numb to the warming or cooling sensation. The other option under “comfort” was “cool down,” which read, “refreshing waves that feel like a cool breeze.” The cool setting is in fact refreshing. It was almost a tingly feeling — like tasting a strong mint, but on your wrist.
I quickly learned that when waving, experimentation is important. For example, the app encourages you to experiment with where you place the device on your wrist, because, as the app says, your temperature sensitivity can change dramatically from one spot to another. The app also advises trying various levels of temperature intensity and duration. Shorter sessions deliver more frequent waves, which can help provide more immediate, intense relief in critical moments of stress or discomfort. While longer sessions deliver gentler, more relaxing waves that can help you unwind after a long day or potentially help lull you to sleep.
Over the course of a week, I put my Wave to the test. I turned the heat down in my house. I wore it on a walk in 37-degree weather, to the grocery store, to a friend’s house, in an uncomfortably hot car. Basically, I wore it everywhere — even to bed. I discovered that whether I needed a cool hit or an extended warm-up, the right sensation at the right time truly had the power to put both my mind and body at ease. Am I donating my winter coats and saying goodbye to my floor fan? No. Is it a miracle solution to never feeling too cold or too hot ever again? Also no, but it doesn’t claim to be. What it does do is use temperature to help you feel better, and that is what impressed me.
Waving has quickly become a wellness ritual of mine. I particularly enjoy a stress-relief cooling session as I climb into bed. If I wake up in the night feeling hot, I simply tap the “cool” button on my Wave to get comfortable again — like embracing the cool side of my pillow. I also love turning my Wave on as soon as I peel off my covers in the morning. Doing so helps limit the frosty shock I sometimes feel when getting out of bed in the colder months.
My Wave is my new secret weapon for taking the edge off in the way only temperature can. It helps me feel calm and comfortable in any situation, whether on the go or at home. Temperature is personal. And in a world where temperature can be unpredictable and out of our control, I can confidently say the Wave provides a refreshing sense of peace.
The Embr (Wave) Membership allows anyone to be able enjoy the immediate benefits of Embr’s breakthrough temperature technology. Starting at $20 per month, customers can experience the product with minimal upfront cost and gain access to new features and improvements over time.
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