MIT-de­signed Embr Wave is a ther­mo­stat for your body

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SCI­EN­TISTS AT THE Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT) have de­signed a wear­able that can trick your body into be­liev­ing it’s slightly warmer or cooler than it really is. The Embr Wave prom­ises to act as a body ther­mo­stat, warm­ing you up or cool­ing you down with a sin­gle press of a but­ton.

The de­vice tricks your brain with di­rect con­duc­tive heat­ing or cool­ing on the skin. We could com­pare it to the sen­sa­tion you get when you have a hot drink in the cold and you feel warmer.

“We were frus­trated by al­ways be­ing too cold in a lab­o­ra­tory with too much air con­di­tion­ing,” said Embr Wave’s David Co­hen-Tanugi.

He added that the team have re­ceived hun­dreds of emails from peo­ple who are per­pet­u­ally both­ered by tem­per­a­ture when ev­ery­body else is com­fort­able.

The devel­op­ers claim that when you ac­ti­vate a warm­ing or cool­ing ses­sion, Embr Wave changes the tem­per­a­ture on your wrist, de­liv­er­ing waves of ther­mal re­lief for three to five min­utes. They say this time­frame is usu­ally long enough for peo­ple to stop think­ing about the tem­per­a­ture.

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