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Less than a week before Apple is expected to take the stage at WWDC and unveil a health-focused addition to iOS, rival Samsung on Wednesday announced a healthcare initiative of its own with a $50 million innovation fund and new hardware and software platforms.

Samsung's Simband PCB
Samsung's Simband PCB


"Samsung's Digital Health Initiative provides an exciting opportunity for the brightest minds in the technology world to come together to develop the products that will, for the first time, put individuals in the driver's seat in understanding their own health and wellness," Samsung executive Young Sohn said in a release.

To jumpstart development, Samsung unveiled a wearable hardware reference design -- dubbed Simband -- and an accompanying cloud-based software architecture the company is calling the Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions, or SAMI.

Simband is a modular hardware solution designed to maximize battery life and allow for new form factors and advancements in noninvasive sensing technology. SAMI, meanwhile, will act as a secure repository for storing unstructured personal health data in the cloud, in contrast to recently-failed programs from Microsoft and Google which focused on structured medical records.

Samsung said that it does not intend to sell products based on the Simband or SAMI platforms commercially, instead offering those technologies freely to developers.

The Simband sensor module
The Simband sensor module


The fund, called the Samsung Digital Health Challenge, appears to be aimed at providing a foundation for development using the nascent hardware and software platforms. Apple made a similar move in the early days of iOS, partnering with venture capital firm KPCB to launch a $100 million iFund. The iFund strategy paid off both for Apple and KPCB, with the latter doubling it to $200 million two years later.

Many Apple watchers expect the company to show off new features in iOS 8 geared toward the same goal of collating and displaying health data from a variety of "quantified self" devices. The company is also thought to be deep into the development of a so-called "iWatch" that would sport an array of biometric sensors for personal health and fitness tracking and integrate closely with existing iOS devices.
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Oh Sami, have some shame...

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Been sitting on this one for a while.

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Yeah, Samsung is the first company that comes to mind, when I think about storing my medical info and using their health platform.:lol:

 

And how pathetic is this timing? Don't tell me that it's just a coincidence, because I wouldn't believe you.:lol: 

post #5 of 72

The SAMI acronym should've been saved for something with lasting value.

 

Reference design => nothing really developed yet, but we're First! (until the Apple patent applications begin to show up from 18 months prior)

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No product announced, API's not finished, back end software won't be ready for another 6 months. There's only one reason this was announced now. How fucking pathetic can you get.
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I was beginning to worry with, WWDC so close now, how come Samsung still hasn't come out with its preemptive, sloppy, cobbled-together, last-minute, First! product.

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But does theirs monitor Beats?
 
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post #9 of 72
I predict that the peoples over 40 years will have interest to bear such health wearable. 

Personally, I'll buy the first to be placed on the market, especially if it is Samsung that manufacture it since I am very pleased with their products.
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Apple needs to get rid of Samsung ASAP and buy ZERO from them ever again. Quit giving them your money!
post #11 of 72
Pathetic indeed !
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Fucking pathetic. Everything about this just oozes last minute announcement. And what is this, like their fifth watch? Who the hell is Samsung trying to convince with this transparent FIRST!! announcement? Nothing will even be ready for many months, and it looks like a pre-alpha initiative. Oh well, this is obviously in Samsung's DNA and nothing else will change.
post #13 of 72
funny how samsung keeps pushing products out to take on apple. what worries me is that at this rate of pushing stuff out, something will stick. apple can beat them, but they shouldn't under estimate the threat.
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Less than a week before Apple is expected to take the stage at WWDC and unveil a health-focused addition to iOS

they're only "expected to take the stage at WWDC"? they haven't confirmed they'll actually be presenting anything? i thought the keynote was confirmed and being live-streamed? oh well, we can always hope.

to paraphrase clancey ... "that's some good writin', boys".
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But does theirs monitor Beats?

You spamming every thread with Beats jokes got old a long time ago. Stop being a douche.
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I predict that the peoples over 40 years will have interest to bear such health wearable. 

Personally, I'll buy the first to be placed on the market, especially if it is Samsung that manufacture it since I am very pleased with their products.

You realize that everyone here knows you're a Samsung astroturfer, right? Stop spamming threads with your pathetic shilling, and go learn some English.
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I predict that the peoples over 40 years will have interest to bear such health wearable. 

Personally, I'll buy the first to be placed on the market, especially if it is Samsung that manufacture it since I am very pleased with their products.

 

BS. Nobody who values their health and also happens to be sane would trust Samsung.

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Samsung corporate logo: Copy Harder

jpd514, we over 40s peoples know who you are. Go try to fool children, it's your only (grubby) chance.
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Less than a week before Apple is expected to take the stage at WWDC and unveil a health-focused addition to iOS, rival Samsung on Wednesday announced a healthcare initiative of its own with a $50 million innovation fund and new hardware and software platforms.

At least they are innovating, right?

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Apple needs to get rid of Samsung ASAP and buy ZERO from them ever again. Quit giving them your money!

You are absolutely right. Since You bring the subject, you will be happy to learn that news:

Facing a crisis due to the reduced order for Apple application processors (AP), the foundry business of Samsung Electronics has reached a new turning point. Global fabless customers have been continuously placing orders since Samsung Electronics (SEC) integrated the next-generation fab platform, such as 14nm FinFET, with Global Foundries. Whether the allied forces of SEC and Global Foundries will threaten the absolute power in the foundry market, TSMC, attracts our attention.

http://english.etnews.com/device/2961952_1304.html
post #20 of 72
My view is that Apple is going to relegate the health features of iOS (namely, iOS8) to the background, maybe add it to the bottom-right corner of their very last slide of the very last presentation titled, "AC Power Adapters and You."

Samsung's thinking they're onto something big, when it's simply going to be a niche market that people will dabble in for a day or two (hello gym memberships after the New Year!), then throw away in the closet next to the eight pairs of Nikes with empty iPod Sensor slots.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung will spend 83x on marketing, where x is the amount they will make on it.
post #21 of 72
It doesn't matter, Samsung. When Apple announces a health platform, it'll be all over the news and no one will remember you. When Apple sneezes, the media rushes to get a Kleenex. Get used to it.
post #22 of 72
I wonder if they'll eventually be able detect if you have cancer.
 
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Been sitting on this one for a while.

Samsung wants to see how small is the Apple device?
post #24 of 72
So long as it helps people that are suffering/ are in the hospital-emergency room I could really give a rat's arse WHO'S technology is being used - Apple, Samsung or whoever.

Quite honestly if you're in the emergency room of some hospital I highly doubt that your first thought is going to be which company the equipment/os is coming from and if it's not Apple you'll request a change of venue.
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Samsung wants to see how small is the Apple device?

 

No... Of all the places Samsung can pick, they choose right next to Apple.

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post #26 of 72
Meh. But even if Samsung is doing this out of a deep seated fear losing to another Apple-led Next-Big-Thing-pocalypse, they're at least doing a good thing by letting developers and geeks get their hands on it. I mean, since innovation is traditionally not a chaebol thing, might as well crowd source it.

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My view is that Apple is going to relegate the health features of iOS (namely, iOS8) to the background, maybe add it to the bottom-right corner of their very last slide of the very last presentation titled, "AC Power Adapters and You."

Samsung's thinking they're onto something big, when it's simply going to be a niche market that people will dabble in for a day or two (hello gym memberships after the New Year!), then throw away in the closet next to the eight pairs of Nikes with empty iPod Sensor slots.

Unsurprisingly, Samsung will spend 83x on marketing, where x is the amount they will make on it.

 

Yes because Apple spending the last two years hiring industry experts and R&D in no way means they see a future in these devices.

 

More than likely anything that comes of Samsung's efforts here will end up exactly as you think; used a couple of times, and then thrown in a drawer because it sucked.

 

On the other hand... anything Apple develops and releases will be well thought out and supported by the company making it a joy to use by their customers who have a need for such features/devices.

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post #28 of 72
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You are absolutely right. Since You bring the subject, you will be happy to learn that news:

Facing a crisis due to the reduced order for Apple application processors (AP), the foundry business of Samsung Electronics has reached a new turning point. Global fabless customers have been continuously placing orders since Samsung Electronics (SEC) integrated the next-generation fab platform, such as 14nm FinFET, with Global Foundries. Whether the allied forces of SEC and Global Foundries will threaten the absolute power in the foundry market, TSMC, attracts our attention.

http://english.etnews.com/device/2961952_1304.html

 

So basically, Samsung has to partner up with another foundry in order to pull in customers to make up for Apple's exit? Gotcha.

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post #29 of 72
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No you moron... Of all the places Samsung can pick, they choose right next to Apple.

Your right, Of all the places Samsung can pick, they choose right next to Apple to see how small is the Apple device!
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^^^^^ Funny that Apple sues Samsung and when Apple wins a judgement allows Samsung to pay off the lawsuits with the money Apple pays them for making parts they need? LMAO
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On the other hand... anything Apple develops and releases will be well thought out and supported by the company making it a joy to use by their customers who have a need for such features/devices.


Right again: anything Apple develops and releases will be well thought out and supported by the company making it a joy to use by their customers who have a need for such features/devices ... but will be late a year or a year and a half on other's technologies.
post #32 of 72

Damn!!! This is going to be totally upstaged by the Apple Beats announcement.

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Too bad this Samsung health $h!t wasn't available before those cancer deaths of their factory workers - it would have saved them for sure. 1frown.gif
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On the other hand... anything Apple develops and releases will be well thought out and supported by the company making it a joy to use by their customers who have a need for such features/devices.

 

I agree that whatever Apple makes will be awesome, but I just don't think this health stuff will go mainstream. The fitness-nazis will buy these in droves, but I can't imagine a sustainable (read: profitable) ecosystem. It'll just be another category in the App Store, with none of the apps penetrating the Top 10 after the first week of buyer curiosity runs out. 

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Damn!!! This is going to be totally upstaged by the Apple Beats announcement.

This event is of no value since all this affair had bad press. People's see that as "Apple is doing business with bad boys".
post #36 of 72
Does Samsung's provision of a secure repository for storing unstructured personal health data in the cloud mean that it falls under the definition of a 'health care clearinghouse' and must demonstrate compliance with HIPAA?

As a company which provides such a platform on behalf of other companies for US subscribers, it would appear to meet the definition:

http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/HIPAA-Administrative-Simplification/HIPAAGenInfo/Downloads/CoveredEntitycharts.pdf
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Too bad this Samsung health $h!t wasn't available before those cancer deaths of their factory workers - it would have saved them for sure. 1frown.gif
This is really unfortunate these workers of Samsung died of cancer. Samsung has recognised its responsibility, they immediately took the necessary steps and this situation will not happen again. Families will receive millions of dollars, but it is very sad.


Samsung has developed on the S5 galaxy a Stress Analyzer that could save hundreds of workers in subcontracting currently for Apple. We know the unfortunate story of stress that drove hundreds of workers of the subcontractor for Apple plants to death.


The less could Apple do, would be to provide all workers of its subcontractors a S5 Galaxy knowing that this advanced technology can save their life.
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This event is of no value since all this affair had bad press. People's see that as "Apple is doing business with bad boys".

Purely wishful thinking on your part, Mr. Shill. Apple has been doing business with truly bad boys--namely Samsung--and that hasn't detracted. The Beats relationship has no expiration date either--unlike the contracts with Samsung. :lol: 


Edited by Cpsro - 5/28/14 at 2:46pm
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This is really unfortunate these workers of Samsung died of cancer. Samsung has recognised its responsibility, they immediately took the necessary steps and this situation will not happen again. Families will receive millions of dollars, but it is very sad.


Samsung has developed on the S5 galaxy a Stress Analyzer that could save hundreds of workers in subcontracting currently for Apple. We know the unfortunate story of stress that drove hundreds of workers of the subcontractor for Apple plants to death.


The less could Apple do, would be to provide all workers of its subcontractors a S5 Galaxy knowing that this advanced technology can save their life.

The only possible reply to this unquestionable logic is WTF?! O.O
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 How fucking pathetic can you get.

 

Is that a challenge? Be careful Samsung may take you up on it.

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