The Simband platform includes an open reference sensor module integrating sensing technologies developed at imec and its Holst Research Center in Eindhoven.
These optical sensors use LEDs generating different frequencies to measure blood oxygen at different layers in the skin. Combining this with an ECG electric measurement gives the time for blood to arrive at the wrist, giving an estimation of blood pressure.
The 14 x 34mm Simband body houses an 1GHz dual core ARM A7 28nm processor with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and uses a new cloud-based open software platform called SAMI (Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions).
This can be used to collect data from a variety of sources, aggregate it and display it, and will allow devices and sensors to securely store data in the cloud regardless of the source’s format or structure. SAMI will also allow data to be controlled by the individual generating it and not by third-parties, so that personal health data can be better protected.
“A growing public interest in healthy living is driving the emergence of activity monitors, with a number of devices already available,” said Luc Van den hove, president and CEO at imec. “We are excited to have contributed to Samsung’s effort to take the next step in wearable health monitoring devices with our Body Area Networks (BANs) technology, developed at imec Belgium and the Holst Center. The cutting-edge technology enables highly accurate and non-invasive monitoring with clinical-grade functionality, paves the way for more efficient and better healthcare.”
“Samsung’s open digital health initiative promises to deliver revolutionary changes to the way that consumers monitor, interact with and understand their own health and wellness,” said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer at Samsung Electronics. “With imec and our other partners, Samsung is excited to develop the next generation of wearable health sensors that can offer the best, most accurate, and most convenient health sensing technologies to consumers around the world.”