Samsung shows off its next-gen health tracker Simband
Samsung has unveiled a prototype device of its next-gen health tracker Simband, an experimental platform which can measure the user’s heart rate, blood pressure and many other health information continuously. The unveiling took place at Samsung’s Voice of the Body press event held in San Francisco.
The wristband can be fitted with third-party sensors in order to gather health data about the user’s body and runs the company’s SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimedia Interactions) platform, a cloud-based open software platform, was also announced at the event.
Introduced by Samsung as an “investigational device,” the open platform wristband will allow third-party software and hardware partners to use Simband’s technology to develop their own “advanced sensors, algorithms and other technologies.”
“We’re here today to outline the single greatest opportunity of our generation, to better understand our well-being at the intersection of health care and technology,” said Samsung Digital president and chief strategy officer Young Sohn.
Showing off the prototype, Samsung gave a glimpse of the range of sensors which can be paired with the device; from heart rate and respiratory rate tracker, to galvanic skin response and oxygen level monitors. The device also has a shuttle battery which users can plug in to charge when the band is not needed, such as during sleep.
With the arsenal of sensors which will generate a huge amount of data, the wristband will require a vigorous and purpose-built software engine to make sense of it, Samsung’s VO of digital health Ram Fish underlined at the event. This is why the Korean tech giant also presented SAMI, whose purpose “is to make more information available, to break open information silos, and give applications and services access to large amounts of data to provide better insights.”
“The combination of Simband-designed sensor technologies and algorithms and SAMI-based software will take individual understanding of the body to a new level—for the first time giving voice to a deeper understanding of personal health and wellness,” the company added, whilst stressing that the platform will be able to protect the privacy of each user with its secure software.
Samples of the prototype will be shipped out to selected Samsung partners in the next few months. The band is powered by a 1GHz ARM A7-based chip and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to transfer health data collected to other devices.