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Warm up or cool down when you need it most. Founded at MIT, backed by Bose Ventures & Intel Capital.
Warm up or cool down when you need it most. Founded at MIT, backed by Bose Ventures & Intel Capital.
Warm up or cool down when you need it most. Founded at MIT, backed by Bose Ventures & Intel Capital.
2,837 backers pledged $629,856 to help bring this project to life.

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Embr Wave: A Thermostat For Your Body

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Embr Wave delivers thermal relief on demand.

We are a team of MIT-trained scientists who designed a product for anyone who has ever uttered the phrases "I'm too hot" or "I'm too cold" in a room full of comfortable people.

At the press of a button, Embr Wave helps you feel colder or warmer so you can be more comfortable. 

Whenever you start feeling too warm or cold, you can activate Embr Wave for an instant shot of thermal relief. By directly cooling or warming the temperature-sensitive skin on your wrist, it immediately recreates the chill of an ice cube on your skin in the summer or the warmth of your hands by the fireplace in the winter.

It finally gives you control of the temperature you want to feel, immediately and at the press of a button.

Watch the following video to learn about what inspired us to create Embr Wave, why this work is important to us, and why we're confident we can deliver for you.

 

Ever wish you could get out of a hot subway car?

Or keep your cool in an overcrowded mall? Or take the chill off the icebox that is your office? You're not alone. We all experience temperature differently. 

For those times you wished you could control the temperature, Embr Wave has you covered. 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.

That's why having wet socks can be enough to make you feel frigid, and why cupping a warm mug of tea feels so comforting when you're cold.

The body is hardwired to respond this way because thermal sensations trigger the regions of the brain that control pleasure and thermoregulation.

Unlike ordinary cooling & heating products, the thermal sensations that Embr Wave creates are immediate, precise, and energy-efficient. This is because of three technological innovations that we've made:

Here's a simplified visualization to illustrate how Embr Wave warms and cools:

 

Whenever you are feeling a little too warm or a little too cold, simply press a button. Embr Wave will change temperature to help you find your comfort sweet spot.

Cooling

To start a cooling session, wake up Embr Wave and then simply click the left side of the Light Bar.

If you’ve ever run your forearms under cold water, you already know what Embr Wave’s cooling sessions feel like.

 Warming

And to start a warming session, simply click the right side of the Light Bar:

If you’ve ever warmed your hands by a warm fire, that’s what Embr Wave’s warmth feels like on your wrist.

 How you wear it

You can wear Embr Wave on the inside or the outside of your wrist (whichever feels better to you). The magnetic clasp on the stainless metal band lets you adjust the product so that it is snug but comfortable.

Embr Wave is powered by a rechargeable battery, and lasts 25 sessions or more on a single charge.

“I have been waiting over 8 years for relief. Now Embr Wave is a reality!” — Debbie D.  ★★★★★

“I was surprised at how much this product helped me. I missed it when it was charging, & definitely could notice a difference. I’m always cold—even in 80-degree weather—& at my church the A/C is really high so I usually always have the chills, but for once I didn’t. I shook hands & my hands were warm—& in settings where I was hot (not as often), I would cool down & stay comfortable. It was incredible.” Sarah D.  ★★★★★

“I think it’s great for both indoors & outdoors, but I found myself using it a lot during meetings in our sweltering conference room! It really is like dipping your hand in ice-water…” Thalia P.  ★★★★☆

“I can’t control the thermostat in my office, but Embr Wave helps me stay comfortable & productive—no matter what.” Kimberly F.  ★★★★★

"I'm kinda addicted to this thing." Drew Prindle, Digital Trends

More than 200 people have beta-tested Embr Wave:

We also filmed 4 people trying Embr Wave for the first time:

 

Embr Wave is validated by top-ranking institutions.

Draper Labs has tested our technology, the US National Science Foundation has awarded us grant funding, and Bose Ventures and Intel Capital have joined us as strategic investors. 

What Embr Wave is good for

Embr Wave is great in situations in which your body feels thermally uncomfortable and out of balance. Like when you don’t have control over the thermostat. When you’re powerlessly sitting on an airplane. Or giving a stressful presentation to your boss. Or trying to stay comfortable in a movie theater. Or recovering at home after a workout. The examples are endless.

Because Embr Wave doesn’t change your core temperature, it isn't suited for athletic performance or outdoor temperatures above 85ºF.  And while the world will be a more comfortable place for you with Embr Wave, you’ll still want a coat in the winter and A/C unit in the summer. 

Still wondering whether Embr Wave is good for you? We've found that the best way to find out is simply to try it for yourself. Thanks to our 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, you can sign up for Embr Wave now to benefit from 27% off retail and still return it if you feel it just isn't for you.

 

  • Dimensions: 50mm x 13mm x 32mm
  • Weight: 3 oz
  • Nickel-free anodized aluminum body
  • LED light bar interface to visualize and control the temperature
  • 16 temperature intensity levels, from Very Cold to Very Warm
  • Thermoelectric cooling module
  • Stainless iron Milanese loop band
  • Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery with micro USB charging cable
  • Battery life: 2-3 days in normal use (25-50 sessions)
  • Fits wrists between 130-210 mm in circumference

Many other projects launch a Kickstarter campaign when their product is still at an early prototyping stage.

However, Embr Wave is different: we’ve already built an assembly line and tooling for Embr Wave with our manufacturer in Changping, China.

Embr Wave on the assembly line
Embr Wave on the assembly line

 

Successfully assembled!
Successfully assembled!

Embr Wave has passed several key steps of the manufacturing process already, including the Prototype Sample and the Engineering Sample stages. This means that we feel confident that we can produce Embr Wave and deliver it to all backers.

Delivery timeline

  • October: Kickstarter campaign ends
  • November: Produce engineering pilot units
  • December: Get FCC and CE certification
  • January: Batch 1 production for Kickstarter
  • February: Production scale-up
  • April: Batch 2 & Batch 3 production
  • June: Retail production

What's in the box

  • Embr Wave cooling and warming wristband
  • Micro USB charging cable
  • Microfiber storage pouch
  • Quickstart guide

Reward Tiers

Kickstarter Special

$219 - One Embr Wave wristband ($299 retail). Estimated delivery: September 2018. 

Retail

$299 - One Embr Wave wristband. Estimated availability: December 2018.

ALL GONE! Early Combo Pack

$358 – TWO Embr Wave wristbands ($598 retail). Estimated delivery: February 2018.

Combo Pack

$398 – TWO Embr Wave wristbands ($598 retail). Estimated delivery: July 2018.

We're a high-performance team with a background at MIT, and we're passionate about letting people take control of their own comfort.

A true energy amplifier, Sam believes that temperature is undervalued and has near limitless potential to improve human well-being. Sam graduated from MIT in 2014 with a BS in Materials Science & Engineering, & a minor in Energy Studies. His previous experience includes modeling the structure of bone, research applications for solar thermal fuels, & building a biodiesel processor. He has been recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30.  

A passionate experimentalist, Matt is dedicated to improving people’s lives & the planet through applied materials science. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT, where he concentrated on advanced materials characterization and entrepreneurship.

David obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, where he developed more efficient membranes for water desalination. His work has been ranked by Smithsonian Magazine among the Most Surprising Scientific Milestones of 2012, & he has been recognized by the Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 France.

A senior business executive, Bob Balke has led & invested in early-stage technology companies for 30+ years. He formerly served as CTO, CMO, Director, & General Manager at General Electric, Eastman Chemical, & Dow Chemical, where he oversaw more than 100 new businesses & more than 1,000 new products. 

Kristen specializes in detecting and analyzing biosignals to understand more about human perception and cognition or to restore functionality of specific biological processes. She holds a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and she has worked on several research projects analyzing PPG, EMG, ECG, and EDA signals for use in medical applications. 

Xuchen is expert in control system design and embedded systems engineering. He holds a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University.

Jake is a Boston College graduate with a passion for growth hacking, branding, and big thinking. He previously worked as Head of Marketing for an online coding startup and as a Marketing Manager at a global advertising agency.

James is an electrical engineer motivated by readable code, clean data structures, and good documentation. He has participated in research in soil microbiology, signal processing, computer architecture, and human-computer interaction. Prior to joining Embr, he worked on firmware for a medical device.

Our story

Our mission is to harness the power of temperature to improve personal comfort & save energy. We are 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 our early days in 2013, we’ve been on a mission to bring next-generation personalizable wearable temperature to the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit support.embrlabs.com.

The fine print

International Backers

We are currently offering Embr Wave to people based in the United States, the European Union (and United Kingdom), Canada, and Brazil.

Since each country requires its own product certifications, customs, and shipping duties, we cannot guarantee a delivery date yet for the E.U., U.K., Canada, or Brazil.

Please note that you will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region, which in the past have ranged from 0% to 20% in EU countries, to as much as 200% for certain South American countries.

Are you in a different country? We'll be working to make Embr Wave available for other countries as soon as logistics, customs, duties, and certifications are ready. In the meantime, please share your contact information here so that we can reach out to you when your country becomes available!

Estimated Delivery

Each reward tier may have a different estimated shipment month. While we do not expect these to change, it is possible that the estimated shipment month may shift. We will provide updates when/if the estimated shipment date changes.

At any time up until your Embr Wave has shipped, you may request a full refund by emailing hello@embrlabs.com.

Returns and Warranty

We stand firmly behind our products. Each Embr Wave product includes with a 30 day (from the date of shipping) money back guarantee and 1-year limited warranty. More information at embrlabs.com/terms-of-sale and embrlabs.com/return-policy.

Need help? We're here for you.

If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign has closed, you can always reach us at hello@embrlabs.com.

Disclaimers

Battery life: Actual battery life will vary based in part on environmental conditions, your skin temperature, and other factors.

Water: Embr Wave is splash resistant but not waterproof. You can treat it a bit like your cell phone.

 

 

 

  

Risks and challenges

Embr Wave is nearly complete. We’re currently ramping up at our factory and are ready to meet the estimated delivery times.

We’ve done our very best to forecast demand and create a solid production plan. We’ve learned a lot from the past four years, but sometimes forecasts don’t always hit the mark. Should we miss projections, we’ll let you know why and make it right as quickly as possible.

SUPPLY CHAIN RISK
We’ve spent the past four years building a very capable team who work hard to ensure smooth delivery of all our products. However, component delays and unexpected shortages can occur. If this happens, we’ll be sure to keep you informed and work to quickly solve the problem.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Our terms of use are available at https://embrlabs.com/eula
Our privacy policy is available at https://embrlabs.com/privacy
Our terms of sale are available at https://embrlabs.com/terms-of-sale
Our return policy is available at https://embrlabs.com/return-policy.

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