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Samsung announces Simband, a Gear S-style wearable for developers

Samsung releases a tweaked Gear S smartwatch, known as Simband, to developers
By: Anthony Garreffa | Wearable Computing News | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 6:35 am

Samsung is now offering developers a new wearable, Simband, which is built from the company's Gear S smartwatch. Simband offers things a little different, providing developers with a slew of sensors on the health tracker.




Simband is just one part of it, with SAMIIO being the software platform to drive the hardware side of things. The South Korean electronics giant is opening up a public beta of its platforms, to all developers to tinker around with. But don't mistake this for a product launch, because it's not - Samsung isn't selling Simband just yet, as it's just a piece of hardware for developers to work with, and build apps for.




Developers can pull the sensor array out, which is inside the band of the Simband, for their own custom boards, too. Samsung provides a massive amount of measurement options, such as: electrocardiogram (ECG), bio-impedance, (bio-z), photoplethysmogram (PPG, using those fancy LED lights on the band), galvanic skin response (GSR), accelerometer, and skin temperature. Samsung has also thrown a bunch of supplemental material on its site Voice of the Body.


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