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.