Earlier this year, Samsung offered a preview of the next-generation wristband, dubbed as the Simband. Back then, the company called Simband an "investigational device", but didn't provide key information about the device. It also unveiled SAMI ( Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions) and can be used in a variety of app from third parties.
Samsung on Wednesday announced the release of its SAMI health SDK and also unveiled the second-generation Simband health-centric wearable device. At the ongoing Samsung Developers conference in San Francisco, Samsung finally opens up Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center's SAMI health platform to developers. In addition, developers now have an access to Simband as well.
Simband, as we're aware, is an open platform, along with a cloud-based open software platform called the Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (SAMI). The health-centric tracker is capable of measuring a wearer's heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, and other health indicators. The basic idea is to provide personalized feedback and monitor your health 24x7.
The wristwatch is unique in many ways. The core difference between the Gear S and the new Simband, is that the latter is not intended for regular masses. The Simband looks a lot like a regular intelligent watch, but is loaded with different kinds of sensors. Like any other smartwatch, it is powered by an ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core processor and supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interaction), is the open, cloud-based data platform used by the Simband. According to Samsung, all the data collected from its sensors, and other devices will be securely uploaded to the server for analysis and sharing.
Samsung is hosting its second annual developers conference at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. The tech giant's major developers meet, promises to deliver insights into the future of wearable tech, smart home and virtual reality.
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