Between 2006 and 2016 Q1, venture capitalists have invested $5.2 billion in wearable electronics startups. With $1.2 billion already invested in Q1, 2016 is on track to break the previous record of $1.4 billion set in 2014. To understand the trends in wearable electronics venture capital investment, we tracked the investments by application, form factor, year since start-up’s founding, and corporate venture capital (CVC) activity. While consumer health and wellness applications and wristband/armband form factors had received the most funding overall before 2014, attention is shifting to new areas since then – namely consumer communication applications and smart glasses form factors. Intel is the leading wearables CVC, having invested in nine wearables companies, covering a diverse range of six form factors and four different applications.
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