Samsung Announces SIMBAND Platform For Wearables

Samsung held a special event yesterday in San Francisco dubbed as the “Voice of the Body” where the company introduced its new platform specifically dedicated for wearables called SIMBAND. Basically, SIMBAND is a modular reference platform for wearable health sensors for future generations of fitness products – think of the same line as Google’s Project Ara but for wearables…



Samsung held a special event yesterday in San Francisco dubbed as the “Voice of the Body” where the company introduced its new platform specifically dedicated for wearables called SIMBAND.

Basically, SIMBAND is a modular reference platform for wearable health sensors for future generations of fitness products – think of the same line as Google’s Project Ara but for wearables.

The first prototype unit showed during the device comes with a multitude of sensors including an optical light sensor that detects variations in light absorption through the skin to calculate different data such as pulse and an ECG sensor for measuring for measuring the electrical activity of the heart.

The demo unit also came with a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a new power-efficient shuttle battery.

Being a modular platform, the various components of the band including its optical, electrical and physical components can be swapped out to fit the needs of a particular user. Samsung has also designed the platform to be as accessible as possible in order to allow developers to easily create applications for wearables of the future.

Moreover, Samsung intends to integrate SIMBAND with its existing data-collection efforts called SAMI (Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions) to help get all fitness data accessible to other services and devices.

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