When you think of wearables, you might first think about tracking sleep or steps – but what about temperature? Matt Smith, co-founder of embr labs, is on a mission to return temperature control to the hands of the individual.
“Temperature has incredible emotional and physical value that we naturally seek out throughout our day, but we have to look to many different sources; for example a hot shower, a warm mug of tea, a refreshing cold drink, or splashing of cold water on your face,” he says. “Our first product, Wristify, is an easily-controlled heating and cooling bracelet that provides meaningful temperature stimulation, on demand. We are making the power of temperature available anytime and anywhere.”
We’re excited about this new product and we hope you are, too. The best news? You can win up to ten Wristify wrist bands for your clinic, along with technical and experimental support from embr labs. Apply now to the Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge (#WHPC15), through Medstro. After pitching your most innovative use case for any wearable, you’ll receive physician and technologist feedback, mentorship and even a chance to fly to Boston for a live pitch-off event in April.
“Wearables are making technology personal, giving people new channels for controlling our experiences and the world around us,” Smith says of why embr labs joined the #WHPC15. “Personalization is paramount in healthcare and there is enormous potential to apply wearable technologies to improve the lives of patients, physicians, and health care workers. The Medstro Wearables in Health Care Pilot Challenge is a special opportunity to get prototypes into the field and identify new and promising applications for these emerging technologies.”
What kinds of innovations do Smith and his co-founders hope to see? “Healthcare professionals intimately understand the day-to-day problems faced by physicians, workers, and patients,” Smith says. “There will be proposals for applications that we never would have thought of and I am excited to see what we can learn from this contest and the collaborations that follow.”
Apply to the #WHPC15 now and see people’s reactions to Wristify below:
Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.
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