Empatica begins shipping seizure-tracking wristband

March 11, 2016

A high-tech wristband that can detect seizures as they approach is finally shipping to its earliest buyers.

The Embrace, designed by Cambridge startup Empatica, looks like a lean fitness tracker with a shiny square face, but it has a few unique sensors that set it apart from devices you’d see at the gym.

Temperature sensors detect a spike in body heat, gyroscopes and accelerometers detect movement (smartphones have these, too), and much of the magic derives from tech that can detect electric changes across the skin — a feature that changes when a person is anxious, or depressed, or about to undergo a seizure. It buzzes to warn the wearer when an epileptic episode is on the way.

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