Today Samsung hosted an invite-only event in San Francisco they titled “Voice of Your Body” to unveil their new health initiative.
Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer at Samsung was one of the main speakers at the event in addition to other Samsung and health officials.
70% of people die from chronic diseases, Sohn says. And 1.2 billion people will be older than 60 by 2025. Countries are aging faster as people live longer and birth rates decline.
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Samsung’s goal is to create technology that allows users to have continuous monitoring of their body and to use that information to improve their health and their lives.
They plan to do this by developing sensors that monitor things like heart rate, body temperature and motion. They also plan to secure that data in the cloud.
They revealed a demo of a health band called SIMBAND. It’s not available for sale and was just used to showcase their ideas surrounding this health initiative. Samsung describes it as an “open reference design platform… a "blueprint” for building advanced devices that will empower individuals to monitor their own health and wellness more effectively.”
They also described SAMI, a cloud-based sensor platform that would secure data. SAMI stands for “Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions.”
A notable feature for the band is continuous wear by developing a shuttle battery so that users could charge the device while still wearing it, ideally while the user sleeps. However, the user would need to keep up with an extra piece of hardware and charge it the traditional way.
Samsung presented some interesting big-picture ideas, but are relying on developers and app-makers to hammer out the practical details.
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