Samsung outlines vision for wearables open platform

Imagine a world in which wearable devices are connected by an open platform and healthcare product manufacturers cooperate for the sake of improved health monitoring.

Samsung envisions just such a reality, and in the very near future. This week the electronics giant unveiled its vision for the future of wearable devices at an event in San Francisco.

According to an article at Wireless Week, the company has released an open reference design platform called Simband, which it foresees as a blueprint for building advanced health monitoring devices.

"Devices based on the platform, which includes sensors and other technology, would enable users to collect biodata and store it in the cloud, where it could be analyzed by a doctor or other medical professional," the article notes. "Samsung envisions a future where wearable devices could also alert users to potential health problems before they reach a critical stage."

One of the goals for wearables announced by Samsung would be the ability to create monitors so comfortable that people would wear them all the time, even when they are sleeping. That would potentially enable a device to capture an enormous amount of data at different times and under different circumstances.

"Samsung's Digital Health Initiative provides an exciting opportunity for the brightest minds in the technology world to come together to develop the products that will, for the first time, put individuals in the driver's seat in understanding their own health and wellness," Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Device Solutions for Samsung Electronics was quoted as saying.

For more:
- check out the Wireless Week article

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