Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 22, 2014
Embrace is a wearable fitness tracker, a great looking smart watch, and a sophisticated medical device that monitors sleep, heart rate, and stress levels. Although anyone can benefit from the device, it has been especially designed to help epilepsy suffers of which there are 3 million in America and 65 million world-wide.
The Embrace is made of leather and metal and has an elegant luminous ring that indicates time. It can be configured to vibrate whenever important notifications are received to your smartphone, but most importantly it is able to detect unexpected and potentially life-threatening seizures so that loved ones or medical professionals can be immediately alerted. The wearable's makers hope the device will save the lives of the 1 in 26 people in the US who suffer from epilepsy, although the device will also be available to purchase outside of the States.
The technology that powers the device was originally developed by the MIT Media Lab. It uses an algorithm that links stress and activity data to predict seizures.
For every purchased, the company will donate an Embrace to a child with epilepsy. This concept, although not unique, is similar to that pioneered by Tom's shoes, which donates a pair of their shoes to a child in a low-income country with every purchase. The RRP will be $398 (£255), but discounts are available to those who pre-order, while stocks last.
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