Next week, Samsung will unveil its latest line of innovative products designed to improve users’ everyday lives, including updates that bolster fitness and wellness routines. Before the unveiling, we want to take the time to reflect on our philosophy, achievements and progress we’ve made as we approach our latest step in our health journey.
The world has entered a new era of wellness and sees a growing desire for a more nuanced understanding of overall health. In the past, health was a simple concept with a single definition. Today everyone defines health and wellness by what it means to them. To meet everyone’s health goals, Samsung is committed to ensuring everyone has access to the resources they need to work to be the best version of themselves.
To that end, we are focused on setting new standards for healthcare experiences with our Galaxy Watch series and broader product portfolio. We have established three main pillars to help people achieve their own goals: sensor innovation, connected wellbeing and collaboration with industry.
Advanced sensors for more meaningfulness insights
In order to develop healthier habits and achieve goals, it is important that we know ourselves better. For our users, this journey begins with Samsung’s groundbreaking BioActive Sensor. The BioActive Sensor provides accurate and comprehensive health data, providing actionable insights and guidance for users to leverage throughout their health and wellness journey.
First introduced with the Galaxy Watch4, the BioActive Sensor uses a unique single chip that combines three powerful health sensors – optical heart rate (PPG), electrical heart signal (ECG) and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) – in one compact unit. Its streamlined design improves performance and fits comfortably for increased accuracy and 24/7 use. This helps users deepen their understanding, encourages action, and reinforces good habits to help them achieve their goals.
Our sensor provides insights into all aspects of health, but we want to highlight two key areas: sleep and body composition. Sleep is often an afterthought when building a solid wellness routine, but it’s essential to overall health. At Samsung, we’re serious about helping our community sleep better. We have launched various sleep quality tracking tools and launched a bespoke sleep coaching program, all aimed at helping users find more restful sleep.
Everyone has different goals, especially when it comes to fitness. That’s why BioActive Sensor also measures body composition, which deepens users’ knowledge of their physical health far beyond just losing weight. The sensor sends microcurrents to measure maintained weight, skeletal muscle gain, body fat loss, and body water level in relation to set goals, helping users achieve goals and stay on top of what’s important to them.
Despite these advances, we remain deeply committed to the secure and private collection of data to provide our users with peace of mind throughout their wellness journeys. All health data is encrypted and secured on the device itself and guarded by Knox to ensure users’ information remains isolated from unauthorized sources.
Wellness on all devices
We also provide tools to help consumers track their overall health and wellness whether they’re at home, at the gym, or on the go. With more than 200 million active users worldwide, the Samsung Health app is at the heart of Samsung’s health experience across a wide range of devices, from smartwatches to smartphones to tablets and even TVs. The app — a holistic health center that consolidates fitness, wellness, and health monitoring capabilities — records and compiles all types of health data and activity information, presents it intuitively, and provides guidance on how to use that data to maximize results. The information gathered is comprehensive, easy to understand and encourages positive action.
More connected devices mean a more seamless and improved user experience. For example, when you follow at-home exercise or meditation programs on Samsung Smart TVs or Galaxy Tabs, your calorie count and heart rate will be tracked on your Galaxy Watch but displayed on the larger screen for easier access. Your Galaxy Watch also detects when you fall asleep and automatically dims the lights and turns off the air conditioner in response.
Open collaboration means better healthcare experiences
In order to provide our users with the best possible experience, we partner with other leading companies in the fields of technology and wellness. We’ve built a strong foundation with our technology and welcome collaboration in our open ecosystem – one that often serves as an incubator for exciting new applications, services and features. Working with Google, we co-developed Wear OS and Health Connect to allow more users to join the unified platform and enjoy new services and solutions to meet everyone’s needs.
Samsung is collaborating extensively with external experts, research centers and universities to further advance wearable tracking and insights, including the National Sleep Foundation for Sleep, the University of California San Diego Sleep Laboratory and the University of California, San Francisco Hypoxia Research Laboratory for Sleep – and blood oxygen research and Louisiana State University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and University of Hawaii Cancer Center for BIA research to name a few. We are also committed to exploring new ways in which our healthcare solutions can be used in the medical field. In the coming months, we are focused on developing more tools and resources that will support the medical community and give our users a more holistic view of their health records.
The promising future of health and wellness
In recent years, many people around the world have adopted new habits and interests. For many, this includes a greater awareness of physical, mental, and sleep health. To meet this demand, Samsung is excited to continue expanding our Galaxy Watch lineup to better serve the many unique needs of our users – particularly those with a passion for the outdoors.
However, our work does not stop there. We are constantly innovating and investing in R&D and exploring new ways to work with our trusted partners. Through open collaboration and targeted innovation, we ensure our users are equipped with advanced technologies that enable them to better understand their own mind and body for a truly integrated, holistic experience of health and wellness.
We can’t wait for you to see what’s coming next. Please make sure to tune in to Galaxy Unpacked on Samsung.com on August 10th at 9:00am ET.