Samsung launches a versatile platform of sensors for wearables
At Samsung’s “Voice of the Physique” occasion at present, the corporate introduced SIMBAND, a modular reference platform for wearable well being sensors that it hopes will encourage a brand new era of health merchandise. The prototype gadget you see above has a mess of sensors constructed proper into it, together with an optical mild sensor that may detect the variation of sunshine absorption by way of the pores and skin in an effort to provide you with your pulse and different knowledge. There’s even an ECG sensor built-in into the watchband in order that if you contact the clasp, an electrical route is accomplished.
Samsung says SIMBAND is totally multimodal — the optical, electrical and bodily elements might be swapped out, and it is solely constructed for personalisation. The corporate additionally needed to drive residence that SIMBAND is designed to be very energy environment friendly (it has a brand new shuttle battery) whereas not taking over plenty of area — the prototype watchface on stage is just about half the dimensions of an SD card. Moreover, it has a 1GHz twin-core ARM Cortex-A7 28nm chip together with WiFi and Bluetooth applied sciences.
SIMBAND is designed as an open platform that permits builders to create new purposes, and the SDK is slated to be out within the subsequent few months. Via a number of open APIs that it hopes to launch later this yr, Samsung is trying to combine the platform with SAMI (Samsung Structure for Multimodal Interactions), its inner knowledge-assortment initiative that makes an attempt to make all that health knowledge accessible to different providers and units, corresponding to S Well being, your telephone or maybe your scale.
The potential for the platform goes past simply health trackers. Samsung additionally says it is engaged on a partnership with UCSF’s Digital Well being Innovation Lab to see if these big knowledge units can create new predictive fashions of well being and wellness for all of us, and never simply on the person degree. This manner, it might present a “really significant influence on well being.” UCSF has stated it is pleased to companion with startups to make sure that their software or gadget is doing what it is meant to do.
To cap off the occasion, Samsung introduced the Digital Well being Problem, which is actually a $50 million funding fund aimed toward startups so that they will undertake Samsung’s open platforms and the newest well being applied sciences.