Wearables are gaining reputation fast and the market for these devices is also rapidly growing. Electronic devices have been getting smaller and smaller by the minute. These wearables which are seen popularly in the watch form could soon replace our phones. They do not just act like normal watches but also have other great functions, some for the purpose of health.
The tech giant introduced a new chip called the Samsung Bio-Processor which was designed for health-oriented wearables. Now in mass production, the all-in-one chip can process numerous “biometric signals” without the need for any external processing parts. Aside from just heart rate, it can measure body fat, skeletal muscle mass, heart rhythm, skin temperature, and stress level.
It’s also pretty tiny, which is a good thing when it comes to wearable technology. Samsung said it’s about a quarter of the total combined size of its discrete parts, making it “ideal for small wearables, offering a bounty of options when designing new devices.”
The production of this new chip brings about a development in Samsung’s goal of wanting their fitness gadgets to measure more than just heart rate.
“With improvements in smart, fitness devices and an increase in consumer health consciousness, more and more people are looking for ways to monitor various personal [biometric] data, or fitness data, to constantly manage their health” Ben K. Hur, vice president of marketing for Samsung’s System LSI business, said in a statement. “Samsung’s Bio-Processor… is the most versatile health and fitness monitoring chip available on the market today and is expected to open up many new health-based service options for our customers.”
The first half of 2016 will see Samsung and its Bio-Processor be available in different fitness and health devices to be released.
The wearables rapid increase in sales and device shipments were not a surprise as the IDC predicted back in September that worldwide wearable device shipments will reach 76.1 million units this year, up more than 163 percent from the 28.9 million units shipped in 2014. By 2019, shipments are expected to grow even further—to 173.4 million units.