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Our Commitment

Since day one, Embr Labs has been committed to merging science and technology to
bring relief to the thermally underserved. We understand that in order to provide you
with the “coolest” experience possible, we have to constantly put ourselves to the test.
That’s why we’ve partnered with the world’s leading thermal comfort researchers.
Here’s all the proof you need to know that Embr Wave works.

University of California,

With funding from the National Science Foundation, Embr Labs 
collaborated with Dr. Hui Zhang to quantify the effects of the
Embr Wave on overall comfort. In her original research, Dr.
Zhang demonstrated that localized heating and cooling
sensations can improve overall thermal comfort in thermally
uncomfortable situations.

Today, her Berkeley Comfort Model is
used in the world’s most sophisticated comfort stimulations.
Upon testing the Embr Wave, she concluded that the difference
in overall comfort was not only statistically significant but also
remarkably impactful, stating

“Embr Wave surprised our lab’s
entire research team who specialize in thermal psychology and
comfort. We did not expect a device so small to have this kind of
measurable impact on the user’s thermal comfort.”

EYP Architecture &

EYP Architecture & Engineering is a global provider of
high-performance building design, research, and consulting
services. Embr labs invited EYP to pilot test the Embr Wave in
their office environment in an effort to examine how the Wave
can improve corporate wellness.

Throughout the 5-week pilot
period, participants were asked to track the differences in their
thermal comfort while wearing the Embr Wave. Not only
did Embr Wave greatly improve office comfort, it also appealed to
EYP’s green initiative. Leila Kamal, VP of Design and Expertise,
later noted:

“Embr Wave potentially represents a very interesting
and innovative way for employers and building owners to lower
their energy costs.”

Citations and Abstracts

Don’t just take it from us—see the other
literature on thermal comfort.

Our Research

Smith, M. J., Warren, K., Cohen-Tanugi, D., Shames, S., Sprehn, K., Schwartz, J.L. Zhang, H., Arens, E. (2017). Augmenting
Smart Buildings and Autonomous Vehicles with Wearable Thermal Technology. In: Kurosu M. (eds) Human-Computer
Interaction. Interaction Contexts. HCI 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10272. Springer, Cham.

Wang, Z., Luo, M., Zhang, H., He, Y., Jin, L., Arens, E., Liu, S., (2018) “The Effect of a Low-Energy Wearable Thermal Device
on Human Comfort”
To be published in the Proceedings for Indoor Air 2018

Wang, Z., Warren, K., Luo, M., He, X., Zhang, H., Arens, E., He, Y., Chen, W., Hu, Y., Jin, L., Ghahramani, A., Cohen-Tanugi, D.,
Smith, M. J. (2018) “Providing Individual Comfort through Low-Energy Wrist-worn Wearable Devices”
In Preparation

Thermal Comfort and the Built

Brager, G. S., Zhang, H., & Arens, E. (2015). Evolving opportunities for providing thermal comfort. Building Research &
Information, 43(3), 274–287.
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De Dear, R., Akimoto, T., Arens, E., Brager, G., Candido, C., Cheong, D., Li, B., Nishihara, N., Sekhar, C., Tanabe, S., et al
(2013). Progress in thermal comfort research over the last twenty years. Indoor Air, 23(6), 442-461.

Hoyt, T., Arens, E. & Zhang, H., 2014. Extending air temperature setpoints: Simulated energy savings and design
considerations for new and retrofit buildings. Building and Environment, 88, pp.89-96
Abstract   PDF

Karmann, C., S. Schiavon, and E. Arens. 2018. Percentage of commercial buildings showing at least 80% occupant satisfied
with their thermal comfort. Proceedings of 10th Windsor Conference. Windsor, UK. April 12-15th .

Kingma, B., & van Marken Lichtenbelt, W. (2015). Energy consumption in buildings and female thermal demand. Nature
Clim. Change, 5(12), 1054–1056.

Thermal Comfort and Transient
Whole-Body and Localized Thermal

Zhang, H., Arens, E., Huizenga, C., & Han, T. (2010). Thermal sensation and comfort models for non-uniform and transient
environments: Part I: Local sensation of individual body parts. Building and Environment, 45(2).
Abstract: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
PDF: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Spatial and Temporal Alliesthesia

De Dear, R. (2011) Revisiting an old hypothesis of human thermal perception: alliesthesia.
Building Research & Information, 39: 2, 108-117
Abstract PDF

Parkinson, T., de Dear, R. (2015). Thermal pleasure in built environments: physiology of alliesthesia. Building Research &
Information 43 (3), 288-301
Abstract PDF

Parkinson, T., de Dear, R. (2016) Thermal pleasure in built environments: spatial alliesthesia from contact heating. Building
Research & Information 44 (3), 248-262
Abstract PDF

Parkinson, T., de Dear, R., (2016) Thermal Pleasure and Alliesthesia in the Built Environment. Ph.D. Thesis, University of
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The Skin and Thermal Sensations

Filingeri, D. 2016. Neurophysiology of skin thermal sensations. Comprehensive Physiology 6, 1429-1491. July.

Arens, E. a., & Zhang, H. (2006). The Skin’s Role in Human Thermoregulation and Comfort. Thermal and Moisture Transport
in Fibrous Materials, (560), 560–602.
Abstract PDF