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Climate change just the way you like it

As we know from the last adventure involving Asterix and Obelix, CeBIT is a real slow burner. You could say there are still a few druids around, too. And following on from potions and cauldrons in powder form, we now have a climate-control system for the wrist - courtesy of the "druids" at MIT.

01 Nov. 2017

Embr Wave is the name of the wearable tech that a team of graduates from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been developing for the past four years, and which has been warmly received on Kickstarter. In fact, it has far exceeded its target financing of 100,000 US dollars. To be fair, that shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the new device makes an old dream a reality - being able to carry your own personal climate around with you. At the touch of a button, Embr Wave can help its wearer feel a warm glow or a wave of coolness, without affecting their core temperature.

The device is worn like a wristwatch, and looks about as attractive as an out-of-place shackle. However, such shallow concerns melt away in the face of the fantastic functionality of the world’s first artificial body thermostat. The principle is as simple as it is efficient - Embr Wave emits a wave of warmth or coolness that passes through the sensitive skin at the wrist to spread out through the whole of the wearer's body. If you've ever stood in an icy wind at a Christmas market with your hands wrapped around a steaming mug of mulled wine, you’ll be perfectly familiar with the effect - even if it does give way to other effects once you've had a few sips... The inventors behind Embr Wave, however, are clear-headed about the effects of their device. Even though the wearer’s core temperature is unaffected, warming or cooling just one small area of the body is enough to create a feeling of wellbeing. In fact, thermal sensations stimulate the areas of the brain responsible for regulating our heat and thus ultimately giving us a sense of wellbeing. Since users of the new wearable can adjust the temperature to their liking, there's nothing stopping them from getting it just right. Although we’re going to have to weather this coming winter with the tried-and-tested mulled wine technique, the first Embr Waves might well be on hand to help us keep cool as things hot up at CeBIT in summer. By November 2018 at the latest, the wearable should be on the market at a price of around 250 euros.


EMBR Labs, Inc. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)