Samsung recently (May 28, 2014) introduced their Simband platform:

“A new health open reference design platform tailored to take advantage of the latest sensors, behavioral algorithms, battery technologies and displays. Devices based on the Simband platform will be able to gather vital diagnostic information – from your heart rate to your skin’s electrical conductivity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

 

medical device design

medical device design

The Simband is an intriguing concept – open source development for medical device hardware. This is the iPhone app development model re-envisioned for hardware design. By utilizing the Simband as base technology, medical device designers have a significant component already in place, saving substantial development costs.

There are now many thousands of smartphone apps. Will we be seeing a similar ecosystem of Simband-based products?