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Samsung and Nestlé Collaborate on the Internet of Things and Nutrition to Advance Digital Health

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Samsung Strategy and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences announced a collaboration to harness the power of IoT technology and nutrition science to provide new insights into healthy living.

This collaboration aims to combine IoT, scientifically validated bio sensors, advanced multi-modal technology, and comprehensive nutritional approach to provide people with entirely new awareness into health and wellness.  In addition, the collaboration aims to empower individuals to better manage their own health and wellbeing by providing relevant and contextual recommendations around nutrition, lifestyle, and fitness, to help individuals live healthier and better lives.

“We are delighted to enter this collaboration with a global leader in the field of sensor technologies,” said Stefan Catsicas, Nestlé Chief Technology Officer. “It will advance our Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy, to support people who want to live a healthier lifestyle.”

“We’re excited about the breakthroughs this collaboration will bring,” said Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. “Today, we live in an era of smarter living brought about by the convergence of technology and life science. It’s an era where the data from smart sensors and devices in our daily life such as mobile phones, wearables, and smart refrigerators can help us to understand our nutrition and activity and to guide us towards a healthier lifestyle.

By combining the Samsung ARTIK™ IoT platform vision, deep semiconductor expertise, and a global platform of smart device solutions, together with Nestlé’s expertise in nutrition and biomedical science, the collaboration aims to better understand the voice of the body and empower millions of people to live well and be well.

The relationship extends beyond what millions of consumers already enjoy and experience with the global brands of Nestlé and Samsung. What makes this collaboration meaningful is that it combines digital and comprehensive nutritional sciences in a way that has great potential for worldwide reach. This relationship is underpinned by extensive research, the innovative, visionary people inside Samsung and Nestlé, and the recognition of this collaboration synergy.

Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences will work towards the development of a new digital health platform to provide more personal and meaningful insights that inspire healthy living.

More details about the platform are expected when the first pilots begin in early 2017.

 

About Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences
Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences carries out fundamental research for the understanding of health and disease and for developing science-based targeted nutritional solutions for the maintenance of health. It is based on the campus of the world-renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, École polytechnique fédérale) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is part of Nestlé’s global R&D network. https://www.nestleinstitutehealthsciences.com/

 

About the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC)
SSIC is a global organization within Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on innovation and new business creation, headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices in Korea, Israel, France, and the U.K.  SSIC’s mission is to develop and accelerate disruptive technologies through open innovation, investments, and acquisitions by working in collaboration with entrepreneurs and strategic partners to enhance people’s lives and to help make the world a better place.

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Samsung Addresses a Growing Mobile Health Market with Industry’s First Smart Bio-Processor

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that it is addressing the growing trend of quantified health with an all-in-one advanced system logic chip for the health-oriented wearables market, the Bio-Processor. The Samsung Bio-Processor, now in mass production, is specifically designed to allow accelerated development of innovative wearable products for consumers who are increasingly monitoring their health and fitness on a daily basis. 

“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 bio-data, or fitness data, to constantly manage their health” said Ben K. Hur, Vice President of marketing, System LSI business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung’s Bio-Processor, which can process five different biometric signals, 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.”

Samsung Bio-Processor: Small in size; Big on Versatility

Samsung’s Bio-Processor is the industry’s first all-in-one health solution chip. By integrating not only Analog Front Ends (AFE), but also microcontroller unit (MCU), power management integrated circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP), and eFlash memory, it is able to process the bio-signals it measures without the need of external processing parts. Even with its integrated design, the Bio-Processor is particularly innovative thanks to its incredibly small size. When compared to the total area of the discrete parts, the Bio-Processor is only about one fourth of the total combined size, which is ideal for small wearable devices, offering a bounty of options when designing new devices. 

While heart rate monitoring alone may have been compelling in the past, the ability to measure a variety of fitness data is expected in today’s wearable products. To meet such demands, Samsung has designed its Bio-Processor to integrate five AFEs including bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), photoplethysmogram (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, and galvanic skin response (GSR) into a single chip solution that measures body fat, and skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level, respectively. In addition, combinations of these fitness inputs can be considered for a variety of new use cases. 

To speed product development and better understand Samsung’s new Bio-Processor, several wearable reference platforms are now available to demonstrate various use cases. For example, wrist band, board and patch type reference devices exhibit the Bio-Processor’s potential by demonstrating its ability to measure multiple fitness variables on an extremely small device. 

Samsung Bio-Processor is currently in mass production and will be available in fitness/health devices within the first half of 2016.

Source: Samsung Electronics

Samsung & Telefonica collaborate to develop new products & services for the IoT

 

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The Spanish R&D division of Samsung Electronics Iberia
and Telefónica I+D have formed a collaborative partnership to samsungfurther research into new
technologies and the development of use cases for the Internet of Things (IoT). Both
companies seek to benefit from the integration of the Telefónica Thinking Things
ecosystem with the advanced capabilities of Samsung’s devices, as well as enabling new
forms of interaction within the IoT field.
As a result of this collaboration, Samsung and Telefónica I+D are already working on
the development of two prototypes. The first one integrates Telefonica’s Thinking Things
Modular solution with the capabilities of Samsung’s devices and sensor technology in
order to identify new products and services. This prototype will allow the development of
autonomous solutions taking advantage of the integration of Telefónica Thinking Things
and Samsung’s devices.
The second prototype involves the development of a physical button that will be
used to simplify the application of IoT capabilities to different environments. Both
companies are working on new ways to bolster sensor-enabled interaction for the IoT
field as home appliances and home automation, such as presence control and
temperature and humidity regulation, which will be customizable and incorporated into
Samsung’s devices.
“This initiative with Telefónica allows us to explore the countless possibilities offered
by Samsung’s industry leading technology in order to create innovative solutions and
make them available for our consumers”, said Alfredo Aragüés, Samsung Spain’s R&D
division lead. “At Samsung, we believe that the true value of IoT technology is making the
user experience easier and more intuitive. This is why we regard Telefónica’s Thinking
Things platform as an excellent environment for the development of revolutionary
initiatives in the IoT field that will be able to bring these opportunities to life in the
present day.”

“Telefónica’s Product innovation area is looking beyond the current commercial offer
of Telefonica. We want to extend our connectivity to all kinds of new devices, making the
development of applications using these devices really simple,” said Francisco Jariego,
Telefónica I+D’s IoT Industrial Director. “Working together with Samsung is essential to
speed up the go to market of our innovation efforts in IoT, a technology which is here to
stay.”
The Industrial Internet will make the most of the increasing computing and
connectivity capabilities, as well as the low-cost sensors provided by current and future
technology, in order to converge with the traditional industrial systems. This
convergence will allow a relaunch of the global economy and is expected to generate an
additional 15 billion dollars within 15 years.

Source: Telefonica

5G networking tests dramatically outpace 4G connectivity

A new form of mobile networking has been tested by Samsung, with the results proving that 5G could be up to 30 times faster than the current 4G connectivity, which is available to business mobile users in the UK.logo5g

The company revealed that the 5G system that it has been developing in-house is capable of achieving download speeds of 7.5Gbps. This news comes just a few days after it announced a next-gen Wi-Fi solution, which will be similarly impressive when compared to contemporary alternatives.

At 7.5Gbps, it is possible to download almost an entire gigabyte of data in a single second. And most importantly of all, this is the fastest 5G technology to be tested so far, which means that rival firms will no doubt up their game to try and lead the market, once this type of connectivity is embraced internationally.

The peak 7.5Gbps data rate is impressive, but the stability and reach of this technology is not yet at a level that will make it suitable for widespread use. A slower but more stable 5G service of around 1.2Gbps has been created by Samsung, which should be accessible to users even if they are travelling at speeds of around 60mph, making it suitable for commuters who are using public transport.

While Samsung’s form of 5G apparently uses the 28GHz network spectrum, which has been avoided in the past as a result of the relatively small range over which it can operate, the developer has apparently overcome these issues and will be working on five technologies in this area, which it intends to act as the foundation to the next step in mobile connectivity.

Network providers and industry regulators will inevitably have to get involved in the race for 5G, which means it is still going to be many years until end users can reap the benefits. But the promise of superfast mobile connectivity, which outstrips already impressive 4G performance, will be welcomed by business users as they move towards a mobility-led approach to working.

A report published this week by Global Wireless Solutions actually shows the extent to which commuters who work in London are being let down by the current crop of network providers. Analysts looked into the worst performing operators and found that many popular places within the commuter belt around the capital are being underserved by the fastest forms of connectivity.

In some instances, providers are still falling back on older 2G coverage in order to make up for gaps in 3G and 4G services. And while making voice calls and sending texts is generally possible from most places, faster connectivity is far from universally available.

Report spokesperson, Paul Carter, argues that transport providers and network operators should work together, to ensure that customers are able to get the kinds of connectivity options that are available to them at home or once they have actually arrived at the office.

The surprising fact, that most of the biggest providers still fall back on 2G to make up for gaps in coverage over well used train routes, is likely to be a cause for concern for any commuter.

Of course, wireless connectivity is innately problematic when applied over a large area, even with faster 4G and 5G services on the horizon. So tackling this problem requires a concerted effort on the part of the companies responsible for the infrastructure, while leaving customers in a tricky position with little option but to put up with black spots as they travel to and from the office in the UK on a daily basis.

Source: Daisy Group

Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup

Samsung is making a big push into being the center of the smart home today with its acquisition of SmartThings, which allows people to sync up their connected gadgets onto a single smartphone app and hardware hub.Facebook-Logo

The company isn’t releasing the acquisition price, but TechCrunch reported a $200 million pricetag when first caught word of the deal last month.

“From the beginning, our goal has been to make a platform every human being could use—and to make every home a smart home,” said SmartThings cofounder and CEO Alex Hawkinson in phone call today. “This will help us reach a massive scale. We saw an opportunity to bring SmartThing’s vision to hundreds of millions of customers.”

Founded in 2012, SmartThings told me a few months ago it was currently only in “tens of thousands” of homes, but growing at a quick pace of 20% new installations every month.

According to the two companies, SmartThings will operate as an independent company and will be moving from its home base of Washington D.C. over to Samsung’s Open Innovation Center in Palo Alto. The Open Innovation Center acts as an investing arm and startup accelerator for U.S. companies that Samsung is interested in.

“While the company has been acquired by Samsung, being in the Open Innovation Center, the company will be kept at arms length away from Samsung,” said Samsung executive vice president David Eun in a phone call. ”We want to people to understand how important it is that they will stay independent. SmartThings will continue to work with its developer community and business partners. In the meantime, we’ll be exploring ways to partner with them.”

Just what exactly those partnerships between SmartThings and Samsung will look like has yet to be determined. But it’s not hard to imagine how important it will be for Samsung to figure out how to better place its smartphones and electronics empire at the center of people’s lives. Samsung already has a number of connected appliances. Now, Samsung could sync them up with the thousands of gadgets coming out almost every day. SmartThings’ sole piece of hardware–its hub that talks to all of the smart gadgets in one central place–could also come pre-installed in any one of Samsung’s electronics, such as its TV.

“Samsung is the biggest electronics company in the world, imagine what we could do to create rich experiences for the consumer,” said Hawkinson. ”A big part of this could be on distribution. The more consumers we have, the more developers get excited.”

Central to the SmartThings platform is its developer community who create the “smart apps” that allow these various devices to sync up and talk to each other.

Apple AAPL +1.2% is also thinking along the lines of how to make its gadgets more embedded into its customers lives. It recently announced HomeKit, which allows developers to safely sync up connected gadgets up to iOS. And Google GOOGL +1.49% has its own plans with its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest at the start of this year.

David Eun insists that this acquisition doesn’t have anything to do with moves its competitor Apple is doing. “Samsung has been thinking about this space for a long time. Now SmartThings can really put the jet fuel into our efforts.”

Source: Forbes

Intel, Samsung among founders of new IoT consortium

A consortium including Intel and Samsung has been formed to drive the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), offering competition to the existing Qualcomm-led AllSeen Alliance.

The Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) aims to “define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices projected to come online by 2020″, including PCs, smartphones and tablets, as well as wearable technology and home and industrial appliances.

The OIC aims to deliver a specification, an open source implementation and a certification programme for wirelessly connecting devices regardless of form factor, operating system or service provider.

The initial source code will be targeted at the specific requirements of the smart home and office — for example, to remotely control and receive notifications from home appliances or office devices.

The other OIC members are chipmakers Atmel and Broadcom, Dell and embedded software provider, Wind River. Each company will contribute software and engineering resources to the initiative.

The consortium said “leaders from a broad range of industry vertical segments” will take part in the initiative, with more companies expected to join in the next few months.

This should ensure that the specifications can be used to design products that “intelligently, reliably and securely manage and exchange information under changing conditions, power and bandwidth, and even without an internet connection”.

Doug Fisher, corporate VP and general manager of the software and services group at Intel, said the goal of the OIC is “to solve the challenge of interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company’s solution”.

The OIC will rival the existing AllSeen Alliance, which recently welcomed Microsoft to the fold. The group is pushing the AllJoyn open standard for connected devices, which was developed by Qualcomm but became an open source project late in 2013.

AllJoyn enables devices to communicate their function and capabilities using a unified format, without the limitations provided by the use of proprietary code. This approach should enable connected systems to be scaled to include thousands of devices.

The AllSeen Alliance now has 51 members, including LG and Panasonic.

Source: Mobile World Live

Samsung introduces ‘LED smart bulbs’

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The South Korean tech titan on Tuesday unveiled a new Bluetooth-enabled light bulb that can be controlled via a smart device like a phone or tablet.

The light from the Samsung Bluetooth Smart LED can be dimmed to users’ liking, or adjusted for color ranging from warm white to cool white, the company said.

Users can also preset the bulb so that it brightens for when you want to wake up and darkens at bedtime.

The network can control up to 64 bulbs, said Samsung, which is demonstrating the product this week in Las Vegas.
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Samsung Planning Android Mobile Apps For Astronauts And Space Tourists

Samsung is collaborating with aerospace firm Boeing to incorporate mobile apps into the CST-100 spaceship.

The spacecraft is being developed by Boeing as part of NASA’s commercial crew program with an aim to use it as a transport for astronauts heading to the International Space Station.

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Boeing said that it wants to employ mobile technology to aid astronauts to share their experiences and Boeing researchers have already chosen six apps that could be used during space flight, as reported by Space.com.

The app software, some of which already employed on the space station, could potentially be used on the Android operating system.

An app called World Map is already used to let astronauts know when the spce station flies over a particular part of the world.

Former astronaut Chris Ferguson, director of crew and mission operations for the Boeing Commercial Crew Program, said: “Those geopolitical lines aren’t necessarily carved on the Earth.”

Speaking at the 2014 National Space Symposium, Ferguson said: “You have to rely sometimes on a tool to tell you where you are, and there’s a great application on the space station called World Map that we would like to bring over to an Android platform. That’s an example of how a NASA astronaut would use it.”

The app research also holds future uses for space tourism, such as photography apps and a Wi-Fi tool that can send photos back to Earth.

Boeing is going head to head with competing spaceflight firms such as SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corp to win a contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA hopes to have transport operating by 2017, following the ending of the space shuttle program in 2011.

Source: CBR Online

England sign Samsung

Samsung launches partnership with The FA as Official Consumer Electronics & Smartphone Supplier to the England Team

 

Samsung Electronics has  announced an agreement with The Football Association to become the Official Consumer Electronics & Smartphone Supplier to the England Team.

The partnership means the England football team will fly off to Brazil equipped with the latest mobile devices, with health and wellbeing functions as well as the best in entertainment and content at their fingertips.

Both players and staff will be equipped with the Samsung Galaxy S5 which comes preloaded with state-of the-art health features, including a heart rate monitor. England players and staff will also benefit from the Samsung Galaxy S5’s protection features, resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust – ideal for travelling England fans this summer or those wanting to keep up to date with the latest news and results wherever location they may be in.

Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland President, Andy Griffiths said: “We are thrilled to partner with the England football team ahead of what is set to be an exciting summer of football. Samsung has a long association with football both in the UK and globally and we’re delighted that this partnership adds to our on-going commitment to all football fans. We wish the England team the best of luck this summer and are proud that the players and staff will be equipped with the latest Samsung technology.” FA Commercial Director, Stuart Turner, said: “We are extremely excited that Samsung will be supporting the England team as our new Official Consumer Electronics & Smartphone Supplier. Samsung has a fantastic heritage in football across the globe and in such an important year, the team will be flying out to Brazil with the best possible mobile devices at their fingertips.”

Source: Samsung Mobile

Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August, earlier than expected

Apple to launch New iPhone 6 in August in an attempt to win back market share.

 

 

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Apple Inc will unveil the next incarnation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers were generally expecting, Taiwanese media reported on Friday citing unidentified supply-chain sources.

A 4.7-inch screen version of the iPhone 6 will reach stores in August, the Economic Daily News reported without specifying which markets would receive the phone first.

A 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch model will be released in September, the newspaper said, as the iPhone 5 series was previously.

People involved in the supply chain had earlier confirmed to Reuters that there will be a 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch version.

Together, the Economic Daily News said 80 million iPhone 6 handsets would be produced this year.

Industry watchers have said increasing the iPhone’s screen size from 4 inches would help Apple regain market share from competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, who they say have responded to consumer desire for more screen size.

Representatives for Apple could not be reached for comment.

Representatives for Taiwanese iPhone contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd and smartphone camera lens maker Largan Precision Co Ltd, both mentioned in the Economic Daily News report, had no comment.

Source: Reuters/Brendan McDermit