Skip a Pill, Wear This Instead for Pain Relief [CES 2016]

Skip a Pill, Wear This Instead for Pain Relief [CES 2016]

Biohacking device evolves from a single-purpose wearable into a sleep-monitoring ally

Leo Lutero
  • 6 january 2016

Quell, a wearable device that fights pain without chemicals or medicine, is back at CES with a host of new features. Not just for therapy anymore, it has evolved from being a single-purpose wearable.

PSFK has previously reported on Quell in 2015 when it first launched, having received a 501(k) approval from the FDA in 2014. This certification meant it can be sold alongside over-the-counter drugs in pharmacies. The device, which uses electrical nerve stimulation to function, is back at CES 2016 announcing a host of other functions.

The biggest add-on would be sleep monitoring capabilities. The Quell’s manual reveals an Overnight Therapy mode. With the band around your leg at night, it will measure the hours of sleep the wearer gets. It also has more than the usual parameters recorded for sleep quality.


The Quell can also measure positions of sleep and changes according to how they happen throughout the night. It also records leg movements and measures how many times the wearer gets up at night.

 Other advancements include an extended battery which means users can get an extra day of use before having to charge the device. There is also added control and additional treatment modes to the simulation program.

The device works by pulsing electronic signals on the wearer’s body which can feel like a vibration. These signals target certain parts of the spinal column which results in the blocking of pain receptors. This method of pain relief is 100 percent medicine-free and works best for sufferers of chronic pain.

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An extended battery life, more choices for the intensity of treatment, and sleep tracking turn the Quell into something you’d wear for extended periods of time. Instead of just relief, it’s now able to offer wearers sleep monitoring within the same device.

The Quells pairs through Bluetooth to a smartphone. Through the Quell Relief app, treatment modes can be customized and the user’s sleep patterns can be easily monitored. The updated Quell will be available for the price of $250, same as the last one, and will begin shipping by March 2016.

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Get the most out of this year’s CES with PSFK CES 2016 Guide, featuring the best booths and events, as well as daily schedules and recommendations. Check out our coverage on PSFK and head over to our SlideShare page to download the full guide.


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