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Embr Wave is a bracelet that controls your body temperature

Like a personal thermostat

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My boyfriend, who I always travel with, know this all too well: I’m always freezing. Whether it be in ParisAmsterdam, Korea, California, or even in an air-conditioned room in the Philippines — I can and will get cold. Having been born and raised in a tropical country, it’s a logical reaction to any place with temperatures below 25 degrees Celsius.

Because of this, I’ve often thought about the convenience and warmth a personal thermostat could bring. The Embr Wave bracelet is supposed to be exactly that. It boasts being able to raise or lower your body temperature just by wearing the bracelet. But how does it work and is it really effective? Of course, my always-cold self wanted to try.

Wearing the Embr Wave on a particularly chilly California evening

So, how exactly does it work? Simple: You put it on your wrist and tap that glowing bar on the right end if you want to feel warmer or on the left end if you want to feel cooler. Keep tapping to adjust the temperature.

Once you’re settled, the bracelet will send hot or cold waves in cycles that will consequently make you feel colder or warmer. It works the same way holding a warm coffee mug on a snowy day will keep you warm, or keeping an ice pack on your head on a hot summer day will help you get cool. Local temperature, and not your actual body temp, tends to give you comfort.

You can also connect it to the free Embr Wave app that will allow you to adjust bracelet settings, track your previous temperature activity, or even enable different cooling and warming modes.

The bracelet itself is a clunky little thing. For people with tiny wrists like mine, it easily takes up a big chunk of your arm real estate — a small price to pay for being warmer, I thought, and definitely easier to bring than another extra layer.

After some research, and despite promo materials showing people wearing the bracelet as you would a watch, I learned that the face was actually supposed to go on your inner wrist, a specific spot that has a “higher density of temperature-sensitive nerve endings.”

Trying the bracelet indoors was one thing: I could definitely feel the warmth pulsating from the bracelet and if I were just a little cold, it definitely feels warm, fuzzy and nice. Wearing it IRL, however, is a different story so don’t leave your sweater home just yet!

In outdoor scenarios, when I’m actually cold despite proper dressing for the climate, the Embr Wave gives out a little warmth but it’s definitely not a replacement for proper layers. In scenarios where I could actually use the cooling capabilities (i.e. when I’m in locations nearer the equator), the Embr Wave gave a pleasant chilling sensation that’s definitely a welcome break from the hot, tropical sun.

So, is this bracelet worth it? Definitely, if you want something that can give you quick comfort. But, remember, it’s just the cherry on top of your warm dessert, not something that can replace the actual cake. If you’re averse to the cold like me, it might be a good idea to pack both the Embr Wave and a jacket.

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Samsung’s new LED light cover is the phone case we’ve always wanted

It lights up with different designs!

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The newest Samsung flagships have just been announced and they’re all great, but there was one thing that really caught my eye — mostly because it was literally glowing.

Yes, that is the Samsung Galaxy S10 in my hands, and yes, those are actual LED lights on the case. Just so you can appreciate how pretty it is, here’s the LED case in action:

So what exactly is going on here?

Samsung’s LED light case looks and acts like a normal smartphone cover. It comes in blue and white and has a smooth exterior. It’s also pretty thin, considering, and it has a sturdy feel.

Once it’s attached, the LED cover app will appear and you’ll have different LED designs to choose from. You can go for the “Mood lighting” option which was shown above, or…

You can choose LED icons. Just some of my favorites include this beating heart… 💓💕💖💘💞

… and this adorable doggo. 🐶

There are honestly so many to choose from, I’m not even kidding.

It even does a smartphone camera timer countdown…

 

… and just like that I am sold!

Cheers, Samsung! Just when I thought I was over boring smartphone cases, you shove a shiny, sparkling one in my face and I am very, very convinced.

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Cheap Unlimited Airline Wi-Fi: #TravelHacks (Episode 1)

Plus our favorite travel gadget!

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In the very first episode of #TravelHacks, we fly to Singapore on Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10 regional business class. I show you how to pick the right kind of luggage, give you tips on how to live out of a suitcase, get unlimited Wi-Fi on flights, taste the world’s cheapest Michelin Star meal, and of course, talk about my perfect travel gadget.

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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