Beyond Mobile: 42 Wearables Startups Disrupting Fitness, Apparel, And Healthcare
October 30, 2015
The next step in computing beyond smartphones and tablets could be wearables. Startups in the space are taking aim at large industries like apparel and healthcare.
The wearables industry has cooled off in 2015, with deals and funding down from last year, but a few dozen startups have carved out a place for themselves in certain industries and are taking on established players. We used CB Insights data to identify 42 startups attacking fitness, apparel, healthcare, to name just a few of the areas. We mapped out the startups — one-fourth of them early-stage companies — in the graphic shown below.
Biometric sensors was the next largest category, mostly comprised of startups trying to hack the brain and body with high-tech consumer-targeted wearables. For example, Thalmic Labs‘ wearables read electric signals from muscles, Ybrain and InteraXon (Muse) read brainwaves, and Thync transmits mood-elevating neurosignals.
Startups focused on the enterprise applications were also well-represented. APX Labs and Wearable Intelligence target heavy industry, and Augmedix and Quanttus are bringing smart wearables to healthcare charting and patient monitoring.
The selected 42 companies raised a combined $1.9B in investment over 105 deals. And more than one quarter of the chosen startups are still early-stage companies.
Below is a full list of the companies in the graphic broken down by target area. If there are other emerging companies that you think should be highlighted, let us know in the comments.
Image by CB Insights