Research and Medical

Research is one of the defining strengths to our innovations. Learn more about what we’ve discovered here.

Can Embrace detect any type of seizure?

  Embrace at present is optimized to detect seizures involving convulsive movements and a spike in autonomic stress, with a duration of at least 20 seconds. These characteristics are generally associated with tonic clonic seizures. In Europe Embr...

What else does Embrace monitor?

Embrace comes with an app called Mate. Mate combines events that you enter manually with events that are detected by Embrace. Whether or not Embrace can detect your seizures, Mate may help you see how patterns of sleep, rest and activity interact ...

What studies is the Embrace technology based on?

Embrace and the Alert app are based on research that was carried out at MIT and Children’s Hospital Boston, where an algorithm using what we measure was validated for convulsive seizure detection, and the results published in a top medical journal...

How can I present Embrace to my doctor?

We highly encourage and advise that you consult your doctor to determine if Embrace is right for your needs. The links in this article will make it easier to cover everything you may want to discuss with your doctor including Embrace’s detection c...

Can Embrace predict seizures?

Embrace cannot predict or prevent seizures. Instead, the technology is designed to detect seizures lasting longer than 20 seconds that produce unusual movements and a spike in autonomic stress. In the United States, we are currently conducting a c...

Does Embrace confuse stimming with epileptic events?

Stimming (used to describe repetitive movements, typically in autism) and epileptic events can have both similar or very different motion and autonomic signatures, and therefore may be perceived as epileptic events by Embrace. The signatures can ...

Can Embrace be used with a Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS)?

From our knowledge there should be no problems with VNS and the stretchable band the Embrace watch comes with, as it does not contain any magnetic part. The Embrace would be great to use alongside a VNS. VNS activates the parasympathetic branch of...

Which scientific literature is the Embrace based on?

Embrace is based on scientific work published in two top medical journals (see below), as well as on additional studies that have replicated that work. The ways in which our sensors can help revolutionize health are profound and we want to enable ...

Does Empatica give medical advice?

While we make some neat gadgets based off clinical research, we’re mainly a jazzy mix of data scientists, software developers and engineers. Your doctor knows your unique history, so consult them prior to trying Embrace. On your next visit, you ca...

What scientific research is Embrace’s rest analysis based off?

Landry et al (2015) Measuring sleep quality in older adults: a comparison using subjective and objective methods Aubert-Tulkens et al (1987) Ambulatory Evaluation of Sleep Disturbance and Therapeutic Effects in Sleep Apnea Syndrome by Wrist Activ...

Can I wear Embrace during an MRI or X-Ray scan?

We do not recommend that you wear Embrace during either MRI or x-ray. During an x-ray, the doctor will usually ask you to remove all metal objects as it blocks visibility of underlying structures. In the case of MRIs, it’s especially important to...

How does Embrace’s seizure detection work?

Embrace’s seizure detection is based on an algorithm we’ve developed that is designed to recognize unusual movements, electrodermal activity variation and peripheral temperature. Most devices on the market usually consider two threads of informati...

How accurate is Embrace’s seizure detection algorithm?

Empatica is constantly working on validating and improving its algorithm. In this article we’ll discuss how we test for accuracy and our latest findings. To test the accuracy of our seizure detection algorithm we collaborated with top hospitals to...

What is and what affects Electrodermal activity (EDA)?

Electrodermal activity is an output of the sweat glands on a microscopic level. It serves as an indicator for emotional stimulus, and can be affected by various factors. Several components can result in an elevated EDA, such as anything that makes...

Can I wear Embrace if I am allergic to certain materials?

We do not recommend wearing Embrace if you are allergic to the following materials: Top Cover Anodized aluminum Polycarbonate (PC) light pipe   Bottom cover Polycarbonate (PC) base SUS316L electrodes (contains some nickel, but has been tested to e...

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