Everything You Wanted to Know About Embrace2 and More

Embrace2
Image: Empatica

Since Empatica released Embrace2 two weeks ago, questions have poured in seeking to get better acquainted with the newest addition. So, Empatica, who was exhibiting with us at the WT | Wearable Technologies Show at MEDICA 2017, decided to give its users a quick exploration of Embrace2’s unique features, and address all of their curiosities. This exploration covers everything from aesthetics and performance, to prescriptions, and more.

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What Exactly is Embrace2?

Embrace2 is the world’s most advanced smartband for epilepsy monitoring. This FDA-cleared smartband uses advanced machine learning to detect unusual patterns that may be associated with convulsive seizures, and immediately notifies caregivers. It also provides rest and physical activity analysis to better understand your lifestyle. And with fast charging and a 48+ hour battery life, it gives you more freedom to do more of what you love.

Beyond helping people with epilepsy better monitor their seizures, Embrace2 also tracks rest and physical activity, providing valuable insights into your health.

Embrace monitors your physiological signals and movement, and when it detects unusual patterns that could be associated with a tonic-clonic seizure, it calls for help. Caregivers then receive a phone call and SMS with GPS location so they can quickly come to their loved one’s aid.

A subscription plan is necessary for seizure monitoring and alerts. Depending on the subscription plan, alerts can be sent to just one caregiver or multiple caregivers.

Embrace2
Image: Empatica

What types of seizures is Embrace2 designed to detect?

Embrace2 is designed to detect characteristics that are generally associated with tonic-clonic seizures. It looks out for movements that are frequent and repetitive in nature, and last longer than 20 seconds. Beyond this, it also measures electrodermal activity (EDA) which is generated by the sweat glands, and tends to increase with emotional stimulation, reports Empatica blog.

How to Use Embrace2

Embrace2 needs to be paired with a smartphone to send alerts. This smartphone should belong to the person wearing Embrace, and it should always remain close to them. Embrace sends alerts via its companion app, the Alert App. The caregivers chosen to receive alerts can be at any distance.  It can even deliver alerts to landlines. For example, if your father is using Embrace, his caregivers could be a colleague at work, because they’re nearby and can easily assist; in addition to your mother who may be at home, because she wants to be notified in the case of a possible seizure.

The Design

The watch face

Embrace2 is modern, sleek and minimal, but more functional. The smartband comes with 3 additional indicators and the original heart, all laser-engraved, making it super easy to know exactly what time it is.

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The band

If you liked the original band, you’d be happy to learn that it is still available. However, the new Vegan Leather Band turns up the charm a few notches. Available in 4 colors, it can fit wrists as small as 5.5 inches in circumference and expands up to 8 inches.

The battery

Around 30 minutes of charging is all it takes for the battery to last a full day. And approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes will get you to a full charge that lasts 48+ hours.