Some people may be abandoning their wearables a few months after buying them, and while the Apple Watch has launched to mainly positive reviews its success will largely hinge on whether it can negate this dynamic.
But far from the limelights and adoring audiences that greeted Apple executives this week, these five international wearables companies are also looking to make their name in the health wearables space. Some have specific clinical targets in mind while others are straight up fitness trackers, but the trend is clear: wearables are not an US-only phenomenon.
Here are the five companies curated from across the web and by interviewing experts like Anand Sanwal, co-founder and CEO of CBInsights, a venture capital database that recently compiled a report on wearable tech investing.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Product: Personal KinetiGraph System
The FDA recently cleared the Personal KinetiGraph technology from Global Kinetics Corporation that aims to assess and monitor the symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. The wrist-worn device automatically collects data from the patient for 10 days. The data can be routed to the physician to aid in the management of the disease. The device can also alert patients when it is time to take medication and is able to track whether the patient has adhered to the medication regimen.
[Image: Screenshot from Global Kinetics Corporation's Website]