Embrace Users and their stories
"I walked away to make lunch and the Embrace texted and called both my husband and I to let us know our daughter was having a seizure. Now I won't have to worry about missing a seizure."
"My stress level has gone way down and I sleep better now knowing that my son Noah, born with Hydrocephalus, has the #EmbraceWatch."
"The #EmbraceWatch for me means I can fall asleep knowing I am a little safer against #SUDEP. It means lower rates of #depression for myself. It means more #freedom for me during the day."
"I’ve been suffering with #Epilepsy for 18 years. With the Embrace I can now move in total freedom and recently I’ve been able to finish my studies: I’m a chemist!"
"Life before the #EmbraceWatch was stressful. Now, if Gianna has a seizure, I will know as soon as it happens, along with her other Caregivers, and can make arrangements for whoever is closest to her to go help."
"Thanks to the Embrace I now have a peace of mind knowing that my daughter is not all alone. If I don't catch the seizure myself the watch will. It has given me and her too a feeling of reassurance and safety."
"Every single one of the past 629 nights, I have had to let go, to convince myself to go to sleep. I am incredibly grateful for Tucker's new #EmbraceWatch . I know that it does not change the reality of his condition, but it does change my experience living with it."
"We’ve had our #EmbraceWatch since about the end of September 2016 and it has become a sense of relief for the whole family, including Abbygael who isn't afraid to talk to people about her watch and reminds you to put it on her!"
"The Embrace has literally changed my life so drastically that I now consider myself free from the restraints of a constant caretaker. It has given me a reason to look forward to life and have hope."
"As a mum of two children, the Embrace puts my mind at rest knowing that if I were to have a seizure my children wouldn't be alone dealing with it for too long, help would arrive fairly quickly :)."
"I wear my Embrace 24/7. Knowing that if I have a seizure my family will be notified has lowered my anxiety and given me so much confidence."
"Here's a picture of my son wearing the #EmbraceWatch. We like the Mate app that shows the sleep patterns!"
"I live a busy, active lifestyle and I love #monitoring the quality of my #sleep. Great things come in small packages! Pura Vida :)"
"With the #EmbraceWatch, I can check the sleeping patterns and my activity to see how much it affects my seizures!"
Morgan, Embrace User
"I am most positive that the Embrace saved my life. When my mom was notified that I needed help, I had blankets and pillows over my head. #ForeverGrateful"
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The Embrace Story
How It all began
In 2007, the team at MIT Media Lab led by Prof. Rosalind Picard – Empatica’s Chief Scientist – developed a wearable that measured changes on the surface of the skin communicating the main component of stress. For the first time in daily life, you could easily see when stress started to grow, even before you might notice it.
While trying to help people with autism be better understood, Picard’s team found an unusually high response from one participant. It turned out to be a seizure. This led to new investigations with Boston Children's Hospital. With data from over 90 patients, the team learned they had built a more accurate method for seizure detection.
Their research was published in top peer-reviewed medical and engineering journals, patents were issued, and later Empatica improved upon their original sensor, creating sensors that are now used in top hospitals and scientific studies worldwide.
Crowdfunding of Embrace: a research device available to everyone
After the research of Picard’s team was published, many families asked for a personal version of the device to send alerts when a seizure might be happening.
The Embrace was designed specifically for people with epilepsy and carefully crafted not to be stigmatizing. With award-winning design, Embrace represents an example of what technology should be: caring, more human, and available to everyone.
To bring the idea to life in the shortest time possible, Empatica launched a crowdfunding campaign for Embrace at the end of 2014. It successfully reached the target of $100,000 in 24 hours. The overwhelming support received through social media, real-life stories, questions, and product feedback, exemplified the amazing passion for Embrace and Empatica’s mission.
We at Empatica are extremely thankful to our supporters that shared this journey with us. Every contribution to the campaign made a difference, we would not be here without our supporters' help.
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