Samsung to conduct research for medical sensors at UCSF

Samsung to conduct research for medical sensors at UCSF
It appears that the next big wave in mobile and wearables is in the health-related arena. Apple has been hiring in this area, presumably for the Apple iWatch, and there is talk of a Healthbook app that will be on iOS 8. With this mind, Korean manufacturer Samsung has opened a lab on Friday, at the University of California San Francisco. The lab contains a test bed that will study medical sensors and other technology based on health related issues.

The lab will host trials in the hopes of commercializing sensors and algorithms in the goal of pushing forward digital health technology. Samsung's point man on this project is Young Sohn, who is running the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center in Silicon Valley. Michael Blum, a cardiologist who is UCSF’s associate vice chancellor for informatics, says that there has not been enough testing of health-related devices to make Doctors feel comfortable with using them. "The reality is, some of this stuff is going to work and some of it isn’t," said Blum.

Samsung is not getting involved in devices that provide a diagnosis and treatment options. Those type of devices require FDA approval. Instead, Samsung is working on consumer oriented devices to give people the information they need to keep them feeling well.

source: WSJ



1. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Looks like this will be the next new market if both SS and Apple are working on it, and probably Google as well.

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Only because they both will be copying Apple LOL! This is getting pathetic. Watch all the bots come in here and say Apple didn't create medical sensors. That has nothing to do with it. It's the fact that these companies had no interest in this until Apple does it and then start warming up their copy machines.

3. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Go back to your hole troll.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple have yet made any product that use such medical sensors. Apple fans already made wild proclamation ahead of apple official announcement. Fanatics! LOL!

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

For your kind information, samsung is working on nano particles from long time which will have medical use, specially cancer related treament.... so keep out your apple wonderfulness

8. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Apple doesn't lead the industry as much as you think they do. On the contrary, it's usually Apple that jumps into new devices after everyone else already has. Waiting for new markets to become established before jumping in with their own product to release is standard for Apple. MP3 player, smart phone, tablet, and mid-sized tablets were all there before Apple released one of their own. Add smart watches to the list as well.

7. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013


4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

look my smartphone tells me I have a headache which I have none? s**t that's genius

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