All device manufacturers are taking big interests in health these days, where users need not begin to search for the perfect fitness band or wearable to track important health data, but can do a range of those functions from their smartphones equipped with the right apps and sensors. Samsung has taken on what seems like more of a strong interest than most others, so much so that they have just introduced a new health SDK and platform for developers to work with which they just announced at the Samsung Developers Conference. The new platform, called Samsung Digital health, is aimed at more than just tracking personal fitness and health data like steps and calories burned, with things like tracking food consumption, workouts, and activities among other things. Samsung plans to strengthen their focus on health related features by building relationships with healthcare services and insurance companies, which could help them to integrate more layers of health data tracking that aren’t currently available.
To help get the ball rolling they have also introduced a reference design of hardware for developers to work with called the Simband. It’s got the capability to have multiple sensors integrated into it, probably past the usual Heart rate sensors we’re use to seeing in devices more recently. You can think of the Samsung Digital Health platform as what Google is doing with Google Fit, although we don’t know if Samsung’s Digital health will work in a similar way and allow users to integrate the data from the other various health apps that they use like you can with Google Fit. Alongside the SDK and announcement for the new Digital Health platform Samsung also showed off a new processor that they emphasize is focused on delivering a more simple process for adding health monitoring to wearable devices.
Samsung announced the SmartThings SDK at their developers conference as well, something that we somewhat covered yesterday when we talked about the new set of SmartThings controllers for Samsung’s line of various smart appliances and connected home products like washing machines, refrigerators, AC units and more. The new health SDK should definitely bring more open functionality to Samsung’s range of wearables and other devices as well as provide new and useful tools to developers to incorporate into new and existing apps.