Founders Matt, David and Sam came up with the idea for Embr Wave as part of a student project as Materials Science and Engineering students at MIT.
While brainstorming ideas in an over air-conditioned lab in June 2013, they became so cold they had to put on sweatshirts to stay comfortable.
They realized how little sense it made to air condition a huge lab space to the point where people were cold—especially one that sat empty most of the day.
They built the first prototypes that summer and discovered that just heating and cooling one part of their inner wrist could make them feel more comfortable overall, even without changing their core temperature.
Excited by their discovery, they tested their prototype on friends, family and strangers. Everyone agreed that it made them feel much more comfortable in uncomfortably hot or cold settings.
That fall, their prototype went viral. They received thousands of emails from all over the world, from people sharing why temperature was their biggest pain point to asking when their product would be available for sale.
These stories inspired the founders to take their technology out of the lab and into the real world. Their discovery had the potential to help tens of thousands of people harness the power of temperature to feel more comfortable. This was an idea meant to be shared.