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Brief Published: 22 May 2015

Cur: Wearable Pain Relief


Californian tech start-up Cur is developing the world's first pain-relieving wearable for the consumer market. The device uses pulses of electricity to stimulate nerves and muscles to provide relief from chronic pain.

The technique – transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – is not new. However, the device delivers the experience of a $10,000 TENS pain-therapy machine without the bulk and trailing wires, the company claims.

Cur sticks to the body with adhesive bands in bold primary colours, complementing the company's website, which presents Cur almost as a fashionable accessory. The company is currently running a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign and plans to start shipping the device in winter 2015.

Design innovation and biological breakthroughs are taking wearables in a new direction. See our coverage of Wired Health 2015 for more on how the boundary between medical devices and consumer products is continuing to blur.