At an event in San Francisco called “Voice of the Body” Samsung has unveiled a new platform, upon which it hopes to give developers and third-party manufacturers a way to build amazing health monitoring devices.
Called SAMI, it’s a mix of software, hardware and cloud services that should enable Samsung, and other companies that opt to use the platform, to keep track of almost every aspect of the wearer’s health.
A demo on stage showed a smartwatch, the Simband, which is not dissimilar to the Galaxy Gear, visually at least, which was able to show some interesting information about the body of its wearer.
For example, real-time heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation and based on the image of the watch, even ECG data. All gathered from sensors on the rear of the watch, although some advanced features might need other sensors to work.
The company also suggested the device would have a revolutionary method for staying charged, and that the idea was you would be able to wear it all the time, and add on a small charging module – kind of like a mini battery – while you were inactive to keep it charged.
The hardware isn’t final, and Samsung says it isn’t ready yet. The platform will have APIs for developers to use at the end of this year, so it seems likely that devices might turn up next year. The firm is investing heavily too, and has also announced large pot of money which it will invest in companies that are researching ways to use health data.
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