This week Samsung is drawing a lot of buzz with its announcement of the Samsung Digital Health Initiative, which will be based on open hardware platforms and open software architecture. The initiative has several arms, but one primary area of focus will be on delivering very smart wearable devices that go well beyond the capabilities of wearable health devices such as Fitbit. In fact, Samsung officials are touting wearable devices that monitor blood pressure, deliver electrocardiogram (ECG) readings, and more.
Samsung has said that it is seeking the resources and innovation of open source developers, entrepreneurs and partner companies with the initiative. Samsung’s Simband is an open hardware reference design for wearable devices.