[SDC2014] Samsung Announces Simband
It looks like the South Korean tech giant has huge plans for its smartwatches this year. Samsung is preparing to launch another smartwatch called Simband. The device is a modified Gear S aimed to enable developers to focus on fitness tracking.
This time around Simband is filled with a variety of sensors and is accompanied by SAMIIO software. First surfacing back in May, Simband was distributed to a limited number of developers. It will still be limited to programmers but the list will be become much longer.
From what we heard, Simband by Samsung can do just about anything especially with its array of sensors. There is a electrocardiogram (EKG) sensor that monitors users heart’s functioning. The sensor could be also used to detect a potential heart attack in progress if accurate.
There is on top of that a bioelectrical impedance (Bio-Z) sensor that allows the user to perform a BMI analysis by running an electrical current through the body. A photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensor is present as well. With this sensor, users will be able to monitor their pulse and blood pressure through this light sensor.
In addition, the Simband is equipped with a Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensor which measure sweat responses and can be used in both fitness and psychological situations. There is also the normal accelerometer that detects movement and motion as well as measures G Force. The last but not least is the skin temperature sensor which names spells out clearly what it does.
The Simband is turning out to be quite impressive. Developers will be jumping when Samsung finally releases the public beta version!
Source: Android Authority