Today at a health-focused event in San Francisco, Samsung has shown off a new advanced wearable health tracker, the SIMBAND (we'll just call it Simband from here on out). The device, which straps onto your wrist like about half of the wearables out there today, users a variety of sensors to track your heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, hydration, and more, all in real time and historically. The device was created as part of a partnership with IMEC (a global micro-electronics research firm) and the University of California, San Francisco.
The Simband is modular in design and utilizes the new Samsung Architecture Multimedia Interactions (SAMI) platform to consolidate data from different devices.
That said, the Simband is a prototype "investigational device", not something that's currently destined for sale. It's more for figuring out what they can do with this sort of technology at this point, so it could be a while before Samsung releases a device with more advanced health monitoring than their Galaxy Gear series.
There's part of us that can't help but wonder if Samsung's announcement and showing off of an investigational device not bound for production is an effort to pre-empt Apple's own unannounced and in-development iWatch with embedded health-monitoring sensors. Apple's WWDC 2014 developer conference is scheduled to kick off next week, and part of iOS 8 is expected to focus on health, though we'd be surprised to see an iWatch revealed at the same time. Then again, Samsung did something similar in unveiling the not-really-ready-for-prime-time Galaxy Gear last year when the iWatch rumors started getting hot and heavy.
Is this sort of advanced health monitoring the kind of thing you want to strap to your wrist?