Self-health biometric monitoring is a trend that’s only going to grow in the immediate future. Various companies are now beginning to roll out prototypes and products showcasing what will be possible in monitoring personal health.
Samsung has recently outlined their vision for wearable sensor devices that track fitness and other health biometrics. The Simband – a sensor-based wristband – is the first announcement for this line of products from them.
The company is pushing for a common system so that different manufacturers – from startups to established companies – can interchange key parts such as the wristband. The company believes that will speed innovation and get products to market more quickly.
The system includes ways to change and analyze the data which opens up a while world of possibilities to mobile health developers.
There is widespread speculation that Apple are also working on wearable devices and, Apple being Apple, will no doubt be introducing a lot of innovation in the space with their usual release of proprietary technology.
The Simband’s USP appears to be it’s modular design and open access for developers.
The Simband looks like a cross between Sony Core and Google Android Wear in that while it’s Samsung’s reference design, third-party software and hardware partners can use Simband’s tech to develop their own “advanced sensors, algorithms and other technologies.”
Samsung is also innovating and improving practicalities by allowing the wristband to be charged whilst wearing it.
The Simband band Samsung showed off featured an array of sensors that track metrics such as heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels. Designed for low energy consumption, the band has a shuttle battery that users can plug in to charge it while they’re inactive, like when they’re sleeping. Once it’s charged, users can take out the battery and carry on with their day.
Other Simband specs include a 14 x 34mm (half the size of an SD card) body, a 1Ghz 2x ARM A7 28nm chipset and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board. Of course, the band is something Samsung cooked up for demonstration purposes, and the possibilities of what hardware and health-tracking software makers can do with Simband seem wide open.
Although this particular wearable is aimed at tracking very generic biometrics, we anticipate that future wearable products will be developed that target specific biometrics for a variety of health conditions such as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases