If there is one worthy goal for all wearables, it’s improving the life of the wearer. More often than not that comes in the form of making it easier to track information about the wearer, or a more convenient way to utilise a smartphone’s features. However, one new wearable on the scene, called the Quell, promises something a bit more important than others: it promises to ease the pain of individuals with the flip of a switch.
Quell’s owners claim it works by strapping to your calf muscle and when the device is activated, it stimulates nerves in the leg that send signals through to your brain which induce your body to release its own pain blocking chemicals, known as endogenous opioids, which should reduce or eliminate chronic or even temporary pain.
While this might seem like a grand claim for any wearable, the creators say that Quell is “FDA cleared, doctor recommended and 100% drug free.” If that proves to be the case, the Quell could offer a number of people a unique and life-changing way to end their reliance on pain pills and other systems of relief.
Much like other wearables, the Quell can connect up to a companion smartphone application in order to give the wearer a way to customise their experience and it can potentially even work while they’re asleep, based on customisable preferences.
NB. Due to Quell not wanting its videos to be embedded, here’s CNET’s take on the device.
Quell will cost $250 when fully released in June, and comes with a sportsband for your calf, as well as a month worth of electrodes to power it. Each set of electrodes costs an extra $30, working out to roughly $1 a day.
For those sceptical about it, Quell’s developers are also offering a 60 day money-back guarantee for anyone that doesn’t find their pain lessened by using the device.
One major drawback for the Quell will be its lofty claims. While it may work, there will be a lot of people that think it sounds like a pipe dream, so early reviews will be crucial in making sure this product has a life beyond its crowd funding campaign.
While not exactly cheap either, it is more cost effective than most medications, especially in the US.
Whether the Quell is worth buying will be dependant on its abilities when it gets out in the wild. We’ll have to wait and see whether we give this product a real thumbs up or whether it turns out to be wishy washy and ineffective.