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How the Wave works

The Wave instantly cools or warms the inside of your wrist, creating a natural response that helps you feel better.
The Wave instantly cools or warms the inside of your wrist, creating a natural response that helps you feel better.
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Press for temperature

Press the dotted button to cool or the blank button to warm. You feel the sensation instantly, and you’re in control.
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step 1

Feel the temperature sensation

The Wave uses a compact thermoelectric heat pump to create a series of cool or warm sensations that you feel on your inner wrist. You control the temperature level and set the duration from 5 - 60 minutes, based on your needs.


“We have skin thermal receptors and they communicate with the rest of the body through the autonomic nervous system. That's why we perceive a sense of either cool or warmth with the Wave.”

Dr. Pamela Peeke Chief Medical Officer, Embr Labs | Learn More

Step 2

Feel-good message sent to your brain

There’s a scientific reason why thermal sensations, like the chill of cold water, help you feel better. They send a comfort signal to the area of your brain associated with emotion, stress, thermoregulation, and pleasure. The Wave gives you the power to take advantage of this natural response in a repeatable, precise way.


“Expressions like ‘warm smile’ or ‘cold shoulder’ reflect the fact that humans experience social interactions with thermal undertones.”

Dr. Hans Rocha IJzerman Associate Professor, Social Thermoregulation | Learn More

Step 3

Feel better overall

Cooling or warming just one little spot on your inner wrist can change how you feel overall, without affecting your core body temperature. That’s because of your body's innate response to temperature sensations on your skin and the pathway those thermal signals travel to your brain.


"The Wave surprised our lab’s entire research team. We did not expect a device so small to have this kind of measurable impact on thermal comfort."

Dr. Hui Zhang, PhD. Research Specialist, Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. | Learn More

Feel the relief

The Wave's patented technology helps you harness your body's natural ability to use temperature as a means to create balance and feel better.

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How Wavers explain it

You heard it from us. Now see how real users explain how the Wave works in their own words.

“Warming feels like you’ve been wrapped in a blanket. Cooling feels like the chill of cold water.”

Kayleigh D.

Comfort

“It’s an immediate sensation. It’s similar to putting an ice cold drink up to your wrist.”

Rissa G.

Cooling

“The warming bedtime feature essentially helps you glide into sleep.”

Ngozi R.

Sleep

“It’s easy to use, and being able to control it on my phone makes everything so simple.”

Kevin

Warming

“You can just click and go, and no one’s gonna hear your business.”

Kelly

Comfort

“I set it to the coldest setting. Within 2 minutes, I went from miserably unhappy to perfectly fine.”

Alison B.

Cooling

"The longer and more consistently you use it, the better it works."

Cameron B.

Comfort

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Part body. Part mind. All natural.

The Wave warms or cools the sensitive skin on the inside of your wrist. The sensation signals your nerves, sending a feel-good message to your brain that quickly provides relief to your entire body.

  • How the Wave cools and warms
  • How the Wave cools and warms

    The Wave uses a battery-powered thermoelectric heat pump that works by moving heat away from or towards your skin using a phenomenon known as the Peltier effect.

    When you press the cooling or warming buttons, the Wave runs electricity in one direction to cool your skin and the other way to warm your skin.

    You experience the thermal sensation on your inner wrist via the thermal ceramic plate on the underside of the Wave.

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  • Why the wrist?
  • The science of the wrist

    How can warming or cooling one little spot help you feel better?

    The inside of your wrist is a special spot for temperature, just like the back of your neck or your forehead. That’s because it contains a high density of temperature-sensitive nerves, known as thermoreceptors.

    Because of this high density of thermoreceptors, the Wave only needs to cool or warm your wrist a small amount to create a big difference in how you feel overall.

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  • Your brain on temperature
  • Your brain on temperature

    When you experience the Wave’s thermal sensations, a signal travels to the area of your brain that controls pleasure, stress, thermoregulation, and even emotion.

    Thermal sensations are more powerful than other modes of touch. They provide a unique pathway to your brain that can help create a shift in how you feel physically and emotionally.

    The Wave helps you harness your body’s powerful relationship to temperature, so you can feel better naturally.

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Thermal Wellness

This is thermal wellness

Feelings of cool and warmth are intricately linked to the human experience. The concept of Thermal Wellness is a new way of thinking about temperature, seeing temperature as a solution to a better you, not as a problem to ‘live with.’

  • Hint: It's not about body temperature
  • Maintaining 98.6 degrees is not ‘it’

    Thermal Wellness is not an entirely unknown concept. We have used thermal experiences as a means to improve well-being for some time--experiences that do not alter one’s core body temperature. From sitting around the fire to diving into a cold pool, we have an innate connection to temperature as a means to comfort and restore.

    In short, the right temperature can make us feel great. This relationship with temperature is what allows local thermal sensations like those delivered by the Wave to impact how we feel without changing core body temperature.

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  • You've experienced it before
  • You've experienced it before

    You already know that running your wrist under cold water gives you a refreshing chill, and that cupping your hands around a hot drink makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. 

    Soaking in a hot bath, relaxing in a sauna, or experiencing the cool side of the pillow—that’s Thermal Wellness, too. 

    The Wave makes Thermal Wellness precise and portable, always there with you unlike the water tap or kettle, the spa, or your bed.

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  • It's part of our language and emotions
  • It's part of our language and emotions

    Every day we use temperature language to describe how we feel about our interactions with others. Temperature that is perceived as uncomfortable can drive us into a state of stress and change how we interact or feel with others. 


    A new area of science — social thermoregulation — suggests that interpersonal human connections are experienced, and can be impacted by, temperature. Think about the last time you received a “warm smile” or were given the “cold shoulder.” Just recalling those memories may trigger you to feel warm or cool.

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Waveforms make temperature more personal

The Wave’s custom sensations, known as Waveforms, have been carefully engineered to maximize the feeling you get from each pulse, while reducing the amount of power needed—so you can feel more relief, longer.

Concentrated cooling waves to help you manage your discomfort when having a hot flash.

Gentler, soothing waves to lull you to sleep and keep you comfortable all night.

Gentler, soothing waves to lull you to sleep and keep you comfortable all night.

Experience the App

The Wave's mobile app gives you more control.

Select your sensation Adjust the Temperature Feel the Relief
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Select your sensation

Browse recommended thermal sensations to fit any situation (or configure your own).

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Adjust the Temperature

Tap to dial in the perfect temperature level and duration for you.

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Feel the Relief

Learn about your thermal relief needs and the benefits the Wave provides to you.

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Select your sensation

Browse recommended thermal sensations to fit any situation (or configure your own).

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Adjust the Temperature

Tap to dial in the perfect temperature level and duration for you.

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Feel the Relief

Learn about your thermal relief needs and the benefits the Wave provides to you.

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What's under the hood?

The Wave is a low-power, completely silent wearable that safely moves heat or cold away from your skin, acting as a mini air conditioner and heater.

1

Thermal housing

Heat generated by the Wave’s thermoelectric module (created during both cooling and warming) gets released through the aluminum heatsink that surrounds and protects your Wave.

2

Water-resistant seal

The Wave’s thermal housing is designed to offer robust water resistance for everyday convenience.

3

Thermal control system

Our patented control system and temperature sensors generate precise thermal sensations via a compact, silent thermoelectric module that generates and moderates the thermal sensations you feel.

4

Lithium-ion battery

Used with the provided charging puck and USB-C cable, the Wave’s battery is long lasting and rechargeable, reaching full power in under 2 hours.

5

Temperature and light controls

Two buttons, one to cool and one to warm, allow for temperature adjustments with a press. Two LED indicator lights let you know that your Wave is working (or when it needs a charge).

6

Thermal plate

You feel the cooling and warming sensations on your skin through the durable ceramic plate. The plate is surrounded by medical-grade plastic for added durability.

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