Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 13, 2014
Simband is not available to purchase as it is aimed at companies that wish to use their hardware to develop next generation health and fitness apps. According to Samsung, a key component of their Digital Health Initiative is a new health open reference design platform tailored to take advantage of the latest sensors, behavioural algorithms, battery technologies and displays. In other words Simband is an open data platform and open sensor platform.
The updated reference band looks very much like a Samsung Gear S but under the hood lies a spectacular range of gadgets and gizmos. In fact, almost every part of the band is covered with sensors that can monitor things like temperature, sweat, heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen and steps. The flexible design enables sensors to be added and removed as needed.
Samsung expects the platform to appeal to academics, medical professionals and entrepreneurs. A similar 'open platform' approach is being taken by Angel.
We predict the race to aggregate data will heat up among OEMs. This is because, while selling hardware is profitable, the real value will be in monitizing all the data that is being pumped up to the cloud by an increasing number of connected fitness devices. Samsung is, therefore, keen to seduce developers into building apps that will be compatible with their platform, S Health via SAMI (Samsung's SDK). SAMI stands for "Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions".
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