Cambridge (Massachusetts) and Milan (Italy)-based Empatica is a new wristworn tracker device, Embrace, which brings clinically validated tracking methods to the consumer market.
It is designed to bring a better lifestyle to people that live with Epilepsy. They get an alert when an unusual event happens, like a convulsive seizure, warning them and their loved ones.
Embrace makes it easy to monitor physiological stress, sleep, arousal and physical activity.
You can check your entire day in a glance in a way that is easy to understand. Not only during exercise, but also at work, during your commute, during the night. If you push yourself too much, the Embrace will gently remind you with a vibration, that you need some time to recover. You can customize it to suit your needs and behavior.
When people that have Epilepsy wear Embrace, they will get an alert when an unusual event happens, like a convulsive seizure. It will go via their smartphone to roommates, parents or caregivers, so somebody can check on them. Additionally, one of these caregivers can wear a ‘companion’ Embrace too. When the two Embraces are within range (e.g. in nearby rooms), the ‘companion’ Embrace worn by the caregivers will vibrate to alert them.
Electrodermal activity, or EDA, is autonomic data that is activated by regions deep in the brain involved in emotions such as fear, anxiety, and positive excitement. It is strongly activated during the kinds of seizures that involve a region of the brain that has been shown to shut down breathing.
First model – E3, is the most comfortable and accurate bracelet to monitor physiological signals in real time. It is used today by many of the world’s most famous universities, hospitals, and companies to study human behavior in real life.
New version is E4. At launch, Embrace will come with two apps:
1 – Empatica Mate, personal stress, sleep, and activity feedback for everybody. Empatica Mate also comes with a diary for understanding better your daily life.
2 – Empatica Alert, an event detector for people with Epilepsy.