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Samsung digital health event

Samsung's Silicon Valley-based Strategy and Innovation Center is hosting an event to launch a new initiative in digital health.

  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:39:17 PM
    Alright, that's clearly what this will be about. Wearable sensors. Makes total sense considering this is the components business.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:39:20 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:39:28 PM
    Temperature and heart monitor are an addition to tracking steps.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:39:49 PM
    He says he's been wearing his Samsung Gear watch for more than two weeks, a record for him.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:40:18 PM
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:40:22 PM
    I think Sohn was the Samsung exec who got in a trouble a year or so ago for saying he used an iPhone, not Samsung devices.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:40:42 PM
    Sohn is telling us that he runs as well, and highlights that we're going to see even more fitness-related wearables from Samsung in the future.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:41:09 PM
    But the main focus today is the sensors. He posits: Why shouldn't we know as much about our bodies as we know about our cars, for instance.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:41:36 PM
    Now, your guages and air pressure are mandatory in cars. "And I think we can do something similar to human bodies as well."
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:41:46 PM
    That's a very good point from Sohn. Your car can tell you almost anything. But there's also the issue of whether people actually want to wear sensors.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:42:15 PM
    There's an increasing cost of health care.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:42:33 PM
    It will be interesting to see how Samsung pitches something like this without making it seem too invasive.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:42:35 PM
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:43:02 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:43:03 PM
    70% of people die from chronic diseases, Sohn says. And 1.2 billion people will be older than 60 by 2025. Countries are ageing faster as people live longer and birth rates decline.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:43:32 PM
    (Ok, good foundation. Now let's get into the meat of the sensors we're going to learn about.)
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:43:33 PM
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:43:35 PM
    Ha. We're now seeing a photo of Gordon Gekko from Wall Street, holding this ginormous cellphone.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:43:48 PM
    Sohn brings out an old-timey phone from the original Wall Street movie.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:43:56 PM
    Samsung's first cellphone looked A LOT like that. They have models in their various museums in Korea.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:44:02 PM
    It cost $4,000.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:44:18 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:44:34 PM
    Compare that to the Galaxy S5, which is "good enough not just for Wall Street, but for Main Street." *groan*
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:44:40 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:45:11 PM
    Sohn compares the changes in cost when we talk about modern mobile phones.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:45:15 PM
    Sohn notes that 25% of semiconductors are going to phones.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:45:21 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:45:38 PM
    The Galaxy S5 has 9 sensors in it, and is 6x lighter and 20x cheaper than the first Samsung phone.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:45:40 PM
    That's why all of the chip makers want to be in that market, but many are finding it harder than they expected.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:45:56 PM
    You need sensors to convert analog information into digital outputs, plus the intelligence to interpret that data.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:46:27 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:46:47 PM
    Sohn's vision of digital health involves hardware, sensors, algorithms, behavioral science, and big cloud data.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:47:18 PM
    Embracing the multidisciplinary approach using openness is going to be the way we snatch this digital future, Sohn says. Building solutions through open platforms is a big objective.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:47:39 PM
    Sohn is stressing how "open" Samsung is. This is something the Korean company, and Google and basically all Android makers, tout as an advantage over Apple.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:47:50 PM
    There are challenges in the way though, because bio sensors aren't quite there, especially to make it wearable and non-invasive.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:47:57 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:48:28 PM
    Accuracy is a big deal, getting insights is another. Then there are power consumption, privacy, and security to contend with.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:48:30 PM
    The problem for all of these guys is how "open" they can really be. Samsung, for instance, doesn't let its wearables work with non-Samsung devices. If you want a Gear Fit but don't own a Galaxy S5 or other Samsung mobile device, you're out of luck.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:49:09 PM
    CNET's Sharon Profis did a deep dive comparison between the accuracy of the Samsung Gear Fit's heart rate monitor with EKGs and found that its accuracy was way off. So Samsung is openly aware of this, at least.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:49:32 PM
    Just like your money would be in a big where they hold but don't own your money, Samsung thinks that your personal information should belong to your eyes only.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:49:52 PM
    So to do this, Samsung is building a startup time of entrepreneurs that have built a platform.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:50:04 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:50:09 PM
    This is the advanced modular sensor platform.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:50:34 PM
    We're seeing an image now of a health band, called SIMBAND. But it says with a note that this is an "investigational device, not available for sale."
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:50:36 PM
    Accelerating the speed of innovation will help Samsung get these sensors into devices.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:51:01 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:51:21 PM
    What do you do with the data, Sohn asks. There's a concept of Sami, a cloud-based sensor platform.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:51:33 PM
    All chip guys make prototype devices. That's the way they get partners to make products using their chips. Sometimes the partners will just make the exact same product and slap their own name on it.
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:51:34 PM
    We're going to hear a lot more about all this later in the presentation.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:51:55 PM
    SAMI stands for "Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions."
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:52:00 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:52:22 PM
    SAMI is a secure and open platform that will work with S-Health apps and data.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:52:41 PM
  • Jessica Dolcourt 5/28/2014 5:53:02 PM
    This is an approach that Samsung thinks developers and scientists will be able to get behind, to help Samsung in its goal to promote personal digital health.
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 5:53:12 PM
    Sohn says Sami will have an open API so anyone can plug into it. And he says it's "complementary" with S Health.
  • James Martin 5/28/2014 5:53:13 PM
  • Shara Tibken 5/28/2014 6:32:42 PM
    Thanks, everyone! I'm going to a roundtable with Young Sohn, and I'll be sure to report anything interesting he says.
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