Samsung envisions wearables using common system

By on May 29, 2014


Mobile World Congress 2014. Samsung Galaxy S5 and samsung Gear 2 at Samsung Stand of the Mobile World Congress 2014. Ivan Garcia / Shutterstock
Mobile World Congress 2014. Samsung Galaxy S5 and samsung Gear 2 at Samsung Stand of the Mobile World Congress 2014. Ivan Garcia / Shutterstock

NEW YORK — Samsung executives are outlining their vision for sensors that track fitness and other gauges of health.

Samsung is pushing for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key parts such as the wristband. The company believes that will speed innovation and get products to market more quickly.

The system would also include ways to exchange and analyze data.

Samsung is also trying to improve usability by allowing users to recharge the wristband while wearing it.

Samsung Electronics Co. presented its vision at a San Francisco event Wednesday, ahead of next week’s developers conference by rival Apple Inc. There’s widespread speculation that Apple has been working on wearable devices, and its products tend to use proprietary technologies.