The Apollo wearable stays light yet durable with the help of tough and chemical-resistant Makroblend® M525 PC+polyester blend from Covestro.

Polycarbonate blend helps take wearables to the next level

Medical wearables have already disrupted the health and wellness space, and this burgeoning category shows no sign of slowing down in the years ahead. According to Transparency Market Research, the global wearable medical devices market is projected to reach $29.6 billion by the end of 2026. It’s clear that consumers are continuing to use wearables to track their health—but what’s next for these devices?

Apollo Neuroscience, Inc. took wearables beyond sleep monitoring and heart rate variability (HRV) tracking. According to the company, Apollo is the first wearable that helps the body beat stress by rapidly restoring its natural equilibrium—resulting in better sleep, energy and more. Rather than just tracking your body, the company states that this device uses vibration to improve your recovery time from stress. Apollo claims that the device’s gentle vibration waves signal safety to the body and improve HRV through the sense of touch. It was originally developed by physicians and neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Makroblend® M525 PC+polyester blend lends toughness and chemical resistance to the Apollo wearable. (Photo: Apollo Neuroscience)

Wearables have a long checklist of needs to meet, and the Apollo device is no exception. Consumers can wear Apollo on the wrist or ankle, which exposes the device to personal care products, such as lotions, perfumes and detergents. The device is able to withstand these everyday products, bumps, drops and daily wear and tear thanks to Makroblend® M525 PC+polyester blend.

This polycarbonate blend checks two important boxes for Apollo: toughness and chemical resistance. As a result, Apollo users can find balance with a strong yet lightweight device. Through an intuitive app that works in tandem with the wearable, users can choose from a variety of programs that, according to Apollo, help: increase energy, improve focus, accelerate recovery, support meditation, deepen relaxation and promote sleep.

CES 2020 attendees had an opportunity to try the Apollo device for themselves. Visitors to our booth were delighted at the way they could modify the Apollo wearable’s vibration patterns and intensity, resulting in a pleasant experience. Attendees at MD&M West 2020, February 11-13 in Anaheim, California, will also have an opportunity to try the device at the Covestro booth (#2221).

Hear more about our collaboration with Apollo from Kathryn Fantauzzi, CEO and co-founder of Apollo Neuroscience, Inc.:

For more information, email us: plastics@covestro.com.

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