Startup makes super-simple smartwatch to help care for aging parents

March 4, 2016

Jayanthi Narasimhan used to call her parents, who are both in their 80s and living in India, every day to check in for at least 10-15 minutes a day. One of the main reasons is to remind her mom to take her blood pressure medication.

Likewise, Arun Buduri says he would FaceTime with his parents most days. Both are in their 70s, and his mother has Parkinson’s disease and his father has a condition that causes low blood platelets. They take more than a dozen medications between them.

The shared experience of Narasimhan and Buduri led them to found WatchRx, a company developing an ultra-simple smart watch intended for older people who aren’t technology-savvy, but could benefit from some amount of oversight with their medical care. (Here’s a video demonstrating the device). The startup was founded over a year ago with Narasimhan as CEO and Buduri as chief product officer, and with the help of manufacturing contractors, they’ve developed a prototype of the watch to use for demonstrations.


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