A Wearable That Relieves Pain

This #WearableWednesday, I’m talking about Quell, an FDA-cleared band that electronically relieves pain.

Even as someone who regularly writes about next-gen tech, Quell sounds more like science fiction than medical fact. It’s a device that you wear around your calf that stops pain by stimulating your neurons. Essentially, you wear the band; it stimulates nerves that carry pulses to the brain; this triggers natural pain relief.

NeuroMetrix, the company behind Quell, reports that it can relieve various types of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. The FDA cleared it for both daytime and nighttime use.

The band is certainly not the prettiest thing to wear. It looks bulky even on Quell’s website. However, it is allegedly lightweight and comfortable; plus style is probably secondary to relieving severe pain.

Quell uses electrodes to work its pain relief “magic,” but they will run you $29.99 for a one month supply. It also must be calibrated to your needs upon first use.

Quell is currently in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign, which exceeded its goal by over $80,000 with still a month to go. Devices ordered through their campaign are predicted to ship in June.

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