Samsung creates medical test bed to prove Internet of Things is worth the effort

Summary:Samsung's joint-venture efforts will help researchers develop preventative medical equipment through M2M tech that could soon make their way to smart watches and phones.

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Samsung has smartphones and smart watches, and will soon smart sensors for the medical research field.

The partnership between Samsung and the University of California, San Francisco sets out with a single goal: to develop a test bed for medical sensors in efforts to validate the worth of emerging Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies, otherwise known as the Internet of Things.

The South Korean giant's joint project with medical professionals will work to develop network-connected sensors for gadgets, signalling a divergence in the company's strategy by focusing on health and the wider medical world.

Based at UCSF's Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, some of the world's leading researchers will come together to develop and run trials to see how these gadgets can be used to create and accelerate the adoption of new preventative health solutions.

Samsung Electronics chief strategy officer and semiconductor veteran Young Sohn said in remarks on Friday the test bed environment is "aimed at enabling great new ideas to be tested, validated, and commercialized more quickly, thereby making lives better for millions of people around the world."

Dr. Michael Blum, UCSF's associate vice-chancellor for informatics, said evaluations by federal agencies will be required for devices that offer medical diagnoses, but could one day play a part in preventative measures, such as weight loss or gain and other health-related activities.

Ten investments have been made so far into the joint venture, Samsung said.

The company said these technologies will likely eventually make their way to smartphones and other consumer devices, like wearables. 

Topics: Big Data, Networking


Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: EB6CEEA5.

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