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Samsung Eyes Open Source for Digital Health Wearable Technology

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Taking advantage of open source software and hardware, Samsung recently announced a plan to help entrepreneurs craft wearable technology that will revolutionize the health care industry, according to Samsung officials.

The Samsung Digital Health Challenge will be funded by $50 million, and the company hopes programmers will help create innovative, non-invasive technology that will improve the delivery of health care. Moreover, officials hope developers will build data collection sensors and algorithms that collect health tracking data that can be leveraged to provide better care.

To do that, Samsung has released both open source software and hardware to encourage the open source community to help meet the challenge’s goals:

  • From the hardware perspective, the Simband is a band that is worn on the wrist, which allows programmers to track whichever health metrics they want. The band also boasts the functionality of letting additional hardware be integrated into it, and Samsung has already said it hopes partners will augment the technology in the future so it can be worn elsewhere.
  • From the software perspective, the Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (SAMI) is a cloud-based platform that enables programmers to analyze the various data that the sensors collect. Because the platform is open source, developers will be able to access the data that is generated by their own projects, while also being able to access the data from other projects as well. The company hopes that in the future, new algorithms will be able to be generated from the expansive health data collected by the program.

The University of Callifornia-San Francisco (UCSF) will be partnering with Samsung to  test the technologies that emerge from the project.

“Our bodies have always had something to say but now, with advanced sensors, algorithms and software, we will finally be able to tune into what the body is telling us,” explained Dr. Michael Blum, associate vice chancellor of infomatics at USCF. “Validation of these technologies will improve the quality of data collected and help advance the ability to bring new products to market quickly.”

The fact that Samsung launched the initiative is perhaps a sign the company realizes it lacks the expertise to manufacture transformative wearable technology on its own. But by leveraging the open source community and investing in it, the company is likely to find some formidable partners.

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Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.

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