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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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Xiaomi launches 5000mAh ZMI Power Bank, it’ll also warm your hands

Winter is coming…

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ZMI is one of Xiaomi’s ecosystem companies, and it is popular for making professional power banks. Xiaomi also sells power banks directly, and they’re in extremely high demand due to consistent quality, features, and affordable price.

Now, the brand is trying to do something new — a power bank that’ll also double up as a body or hand warmer more precisely. So, the power bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, enough for an iPhone once. If you’re living in the temperate or tundra region, the climate gets extremely cold during the winters. The gadget can also be used as a hand warmer.

It’s equipped with a PTC self-limiting temperature heating technology that’s patented and safe. The power bank consists of PID constant temperature control for precise control of the heating element. It can go up to 52-degrees Celsius, which is safe and comfortable for the human body.

The ZMI Power Bank can adjust the temperature according to your liking and deliver two to four hours of heating in one go. It has an LED light that can be used as a torch for convenience, and it can charge all gadgets like an ordinary portable charger.

For now, the sale is limited to Mainland China, and it costs CNY 89 (US$ 13.5).

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Huawei Freebuds Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Sounds as good as it looks

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Huawei has been killing it in the personal audio department and everyone should really start paying attention. Adding to the lineup is the Huawei Freebuds Pro. It’s their answer of sorts to the likes of the AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3.

This is what the front of the box looks like. It’s a pretty tiny box.

Freebuds Pro

A closer look shows the name of the product in gold. 

Flip it over and you’ll see some highlighted features. 

Take out the top cover and you’re immediately greeted by the Freebuds Pro. 

Here’s a look without the plastic covering.

Freebuds Pro

It’s a little tricky to take out but underneath all that is the USB to USB-C Cable and a box.

Pull out the cable and the box and you get this.

Here’s a closer look at the cable. 

And here are extra soft silicone plugs so you can find the perfect fit for your ears.

Now, let’s go back to the Freebuds Pro. Here’s the back of the charging case with the Huawei text. 

You flip it over to open it and reveal the earbuds. 

The buds are tinier — the tiniest they’ve released over the past year.

On the bottom of the case is the USB-C port. 

And on its right side is the bluetooth pairing button. 

But if you simply open the case next to a Huawei phone — here it’s the Huawei Mate 40 — it’ll immediately detect it and ask to pair. 

When you press connect, it’ll show you right away how to operate the Freebuds Pro. 

After that, it’ll show you the battery life of each Freebud Pro and the case. 

As mentioned earlier, in terms of the size of the stem, it’s a lot smaller than the previous two releases. 

The cases also vary in shape and size.

Here’s what they look like when worn. 

First impressions 

I’ve only had the Freebuds Pro for a little over 24 hours at the time of writing. I’ve since used it on a video call meeting and to listen to the Eyes Wide Open album by TWICE.

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So far, it’s performing exactly as advertised. It carries over the noise-cancellation excellence from the Freebuds 3 and Freebuds 3i. In fact, the Freebuds Pro combines the best practices of the aforementioned devices thanks to a number of engineering and design choices.

Sound quality is also right around what I expected based on my previous experiences with other Huawei audio products. It’s certainly two steps above the Freebuds 3i in terms of overall sound quality.

SEE ALSO: Freebuds 3 review | Freebuds 3i review

Music comes off as crisp and clean as the Freebuds 3 but we’ll have to try it out for a little longer for a more definitive take. Same goes for the battery life.

The controls are also more intuitive. If you are coming from the Freebuds 3, it is a little different. Here’s a photo of me assuming the controls are the same. Nope, I didn’t pay attention to the prompts during set-up. What an idiot.

Price and availability 

In the Philippines, it retails for PhP 7,999 — around PhP 1,000 cheaper than the launch price of the Freebuds 3 (PhP 8,990).

Pre-order period is from November 27 to December 3. If you pre-order you’ll get freebies worth PhP 3,989.

  • Huawei Band 4 — PhP 1,890
  • Entertainment Gift Package — PhP 2,099

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Apple HomePod mini Review: Best Small Smart Speaker?

Another ‘mini’ in Apple’s portfolio

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Small in size, but not terrible performance! Here is Apple’s latest smart speaker, the HomePod mini.

At around US$ 99, it’s simply not the cheapest smart speaker around. But is it worth the price and the hype?

Find out more in our Apple HomePod mini review by clicking this link.

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