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Samsung recently revealed its Samsung Digital Health Initiative to accelerate innovations in preventive health technology. The Samsung Digital Health Initiative features new hardware and software platforms and a $50 million investment fund.
"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," said Young Sohn, Samsung president and chief strategy officer for Device Solutions.
The open hardware platform, Samsung Simband, is a reference design for wearable technology, capable of integrating advanced sensing technologies. Innovators are invited to use the reference platform to create and contribute their own advanced sensors, algorithms and other technologies. Simband will not be sold commercially. This approach is intended to lead to the creation of ecosystems for hardware and algorithms that will enable new technology to be easily incorporated into finished products.
The open software platform, Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (SAMI), is a cloud-based open software platform capable of bringing together diverse data from a variety of sources for analysis. Devices and sensors can securely store data in the cloud regardless of the source's format or structure. SAMI allows data to be controlled by the individual generating it and not by third-parties, so that personal health data can be protected.
To promote its Digital Health Initiative, Samsung also announced the Samsung Digital Health Challenge, a $50 million investment fund dedicated to innovative digital health start-ups and technologies.
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