For those who are health-conscious, Samsung is developing a new health monitoring device called Simband, an open reference sensor module. Working with the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) and IMEC, Simband will be capable of gathering vital diagnostic information.
The concept behind Simband is that the device will be able to monitor and gather a person’s vital information and relay it back to the user in a simplified manner. Heartrate, bloodflow, respiration, and even hydration will be some of the things tracked constantly by the device through the use of optical sensing. Optical sensing, or Photoplethysmography, is an optical technique that uses lights to measure vitals such as a person’s pulse.
What is really interesting, though, is that the Simband will be an open platform. Information gathered by Simband, and devices based on it, will be uploaded to the cloud that can then be accessed by developers and partners in order to create new applications for Simband.
No date for when the Simband will be available was provided.