One of the health-and-wellness-oriented products populating the AARP booth at CES 2020 was a unique wristband that can stake a claim to being one of the coolest and at the same time, one of the hottest products – literally – to be seen at the show.
The Embr Wave Bracelet ($299), says Sam Shames, co-founder and COO of Embr Labs, which markets the product, is a wristband that safely and in a non-invasive manner turns bodily temperature control into therapy, using temperature as a pathway to the brain. The therapy, delivered in waves, is especially effective for seniors, which explains the company’s choice to exhibit with AARP.
The product uses a thermo-electric module – a ceramic tile with semiconductor material inside, and, depending upon the selection chosen, can either warm up or cool down the wearer, with the touch of a button. The user selects red for warming and blue for cooling, and the module activates the appropriate thermo receptor nerve on the wearer’s skin.
Both hot and cold temperature extremes are automatically modulated by the wristband so that no harm will come to the wearer, who might otherwise not be able to self-modulate safe temperatures in either direction.
The device, says Shames, is also helpful for addressing menopausal hot flashes.
The product works in tandem with the Wave mobile app, which allows the wearer to make more precise adjustment of temperatures.