This hot and cool wearable recently made it into the final of the Intel ‘Make it Wearable’ competition..
The boundaries of Wearable Technology can be stretched far beyond notifications and the Quantified Self, which are the features most current wearable devices revolve around. The Wristify smart bracelet, developed by EMBR Labs is bypassing the norm and heading for a more practical use, temperature control.
With the touch of a button the innovative smart bracelet will provide heating or cooling to the skin of its wearer. How can it control the overall body temperature if it’s only worn on the wrist? You may ask.
The answer lies in the well researched category of Thermal Comfort. The thermal comfort of the human body doesn’t just rely on core temperature, as different parts of the body can be locally exposed to different temperatures and generate an overall comforting effect. You could compare this to being too hot under the covers and sticking your toes out to cool down, or when you are feeling cold and you pick up a warm cup of coffee.
Thermoreceptors are specialized neurons that are found in our skin and are sensitive to changes in temperature. When you are feeling too hot or too cold, the Wristify bracelet uses natural waves of warmth or coolness to activate your thermoreceptors with a thermal comforting result.
The Wristify temperature control smart bracelet subtly glows blue when it’s cooling you down, and orange whilst warming you up.
The above design by Niccolo Casas is how the bracelet will probably look. We have no word on the release date or expected retail price as of yet.
Check out the video below to see what people had to say when they tried out the Wristify prototype!