Shocking Wearable Could Quell Chronic Pain
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LAS VEGAS — Not every wearable launched this year will get slapped on your wrist.
Quell, a new electrical-stimulation device designed to help alleviate chronic pain, gets wrapped around the wearer’s calf.
“I like to say it’s like a USB port into your central nervous system,” said Frank McGillin, SVP and general manger of Quell.
While a wave of fitness trackers and the upcoming Apple Watch are drumming up a healthy buzz about wearables, more and more medical devices work with smartphone apps and tap into Apple’s HealthKit platform. Quell doesn’t yet work with HealthKit, but McGillin told Cult of Mac that’s certainly in the cards.
Quell is “smart,” so the device — which can deliver up to 100 milliamps of voltage — adjusts itself to deliver the most therapeutic level of electrical impulse during a treatment session.
“It’s very simple,” McGillin said, “although very complex.”
Since people’s tolerance for electrical stimulation varies, Quell quickly adapts to the individual. The first time it’s used, the patient runs the device through a quick and easy calibration process that takes a couple of minutes. After that, Quell works automatically, increasing and decreasing the amount of electrical stimulation depending on how long a therapy session has gone on or whether the patient is sleeping.
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