Sam­sung Flaunts Wrist Band that Mon­i­tors Your Health

The Economic Times - - World View - MOLLY WOOD 5885

Smart watches that can pre­dict heart at­tacks. Per­sonal health in­for­ma­tion in a data­base that can give you a “well­ness score” of how you’re eat­ing, sleep­ing and ex­er­cis­ing. An al­wayson con­nec­tion to doc­tors that gives them a real-time look at your health.

The next wave of wear­able tech and app de­vel­op­ment is likely to cen­tre on per­son­alised health and medicine — and Sam­sung tried to stake its claim on that field.

The com­pany’s in­no­va­tion and strat­egy team an­nounced plans for an “open” plat­form so that de­vel­op­ers, med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and hard­ware mak­ers can push for­ward the idea of “in­tel­li­gent dig­i­tal health.” Sam­sung did not, un­for­tu­nately, an­nounce a re­lease date for its new plat­form other than “later this year,” around the time of its Sam­sung De­vel­oper Con­fer­ence. The com­pany an­nounced both a hard­ware plat­form and a cloud-based stor­age and anal­y­sis con­cept. On the hard­ware side, Sam­sung showed off a pro­to­type called the Sim­band, which fea­tures smaller, more mod­u­lar track­ing sen­sors than cur­rently ex­ist, and which sup­pos­edly of­fers bet­ter bat­tery life than ex­ist­ing wear­able de­vices. The Sim­band won’t go into pro­duc­tion (you’re stuck with the Galaxy Gear Fit for now), but is in­tended to pro­vide a ref­er­ence for fu­ture hard­ware de­vel­op­ers. Sam­sung demon­strated how the watch could track heart rate, blood pres­sure and ECG in real time. Sam­sung’s de­sign heav­ily em­pha- sises wrist-based wear­ables, with Sam­sung’s vice pres­i­dent of dig­i­tal health, Ram Fish, say­ing the wrist is the only lo­ca­tion for a “truly wear­able wear­able.”

On the stor­age and anal­y­sis side, Sam­sung re­vealed a cloud-based plat­form called SAMI (for Sam­sung Ar­chi­tec­ture Mul­ti­modal In­ter­ac­tions, ob­vi­ously), and said it would act as a sort of bank where people can store the data col­lected by new health and fit­ness wear­ables.

That’s the scary part, and Sam­sung sought to re­as­sure the crowd that the SAMI data­base would store health and fit­ness data, but wouldn’t own it — em­pha­sis­ing that in­di­vid­u­als need com­plete con­trol and ac­cess to their own health data, which could only be used with their per­mis­sion. The com­pany promised se­cu­rity, but didn’t pro­vide de­tails.

The com­pany may have hur­ried its an­nounce­ment of a ma­jor health ini­tia­tive be­cause of the spec­u­la­tion that Ap­ple might an­nounce a health and fit­ness app called Health­book.


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