Designed to improve lives

More people die of SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) than of house fires every year.

But every home has a smoke detector. Everybody with epilepsy should have a device that alerts people in their vicinity so that they can promptly provide assistance when needed.

Embrace Seizure Characterization Clinical Trial

We want to demonstrate how effective the Embrace and the Alert app are in seizure detection and alerting caregivers in real world conditions.

The study is not intended to influence treatment or clinical management by your physician.

It will give us a deeper understanding into factors that relate to seizures, such as sleep, exercise, and physiological stress. Overall, we hope the information gained will lead to the improvement of daily life for people living with Epilepsy so they receive help when they need it, and have more freedom to carry out daily activities on their own.

How it works: Embrace Alert System

1. Event Detection

2. Alert Dispatching

3. Caregiver Notification

4. Caregiver Alert

1. Event Detection

The Embrace watch is linked to the wearer’s mobile device with a Bluetooth® connection. This connection allows our systems to analyze the information and detect unusual events like convulsive seizures in real-time.

2. Alert Dispatching

The Alert app will be automatically activated when an event is detected by the Embrace watch. The App will send an alert notification to your caregivers using the mobile device’s cellular data or Wi-Fi connection.

3. Caregiver Notification

The Empatica systems will notify your caregivers one after the other to communicate the alert and ask if they can help. They only need a mobile phone with cellular signal to receive these notifications, no smartphone required.

4. Caregiver Alert

Your caregivers will be notified through an automated call and sms. You can add multiple caregivers into the App so that there is always someone who can help you.

The science behind Embrace

Electrodermal activity (EDA), also known as Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), is autonomic data that is activated by regions deep in the brain involved in emotions such as fear, anxiety, and positive excitement.

In our science page you can see the powerful medical findings that can be obtained from our work in journals such as Epilepsia, Neurology, Nature.

Embrace runs the world’s first method for seizure detection based on multiple kinds of physiological data sensed from the wrist.

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What the experts say

We collaborate with the best research teams worldwide to advance understanding of human behavior in real life settings.

This device will measure both movement and physiological signals; the combination is likely to be very important for detecting potentially life-threatening seizures

Orrin Devinsky, MD

Director, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Director, Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, NYU Langone School of Medicine

Comfortable, reliable and easy to use sensors are a requirement as our research moves from the hospital to the real world. The Empatica team has the experience to create the tools we need to understand the physiology of seizures and epilepsy.

Dan Friedman, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology Epileptologist and a Clinical Neurophysiologist at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

For over two decades of clinical and research practice, I have fantasized about a commercially available device capable of measuring and broadcasting to the wearer and trusted loved ones when internal physiological stress levels are rising. I am so excited to see that Empatica's Embrace is finally making this dream a reality! Such a device will undoubtedly help the growing number of people on the autism spectrum (and many of us neurotypicals as well) better manage stress, anxiety, and emotion regulation.

Matthew Goodwin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Sciences, Bouvé College of Health Science & College of Computer and Information Science

65 million people live with epilepsy worldwide

1 of every 26 people in the USA will be diagnosed with Epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.

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