Samsung has just applied for a patent for a new device that gives us a glimpse at what the company is planning in future for its fitness and health-focused devices. According to a report by Patently Mobile, the company may use “portable and mobile devices” to monitor a number of health parameters including heart rate, blood pressure, pulse rate, blood flow velocity, skin condition. Samsung is likely to use “a new laser speckle interferometric methodology” to measure all these parameters and may add this technology in future Samsung Gear S series or the much-rumored Galaxy Watch series.
The filing also pointed out that the company has acquired three patents from Russian developers who were behind the invention of this new method. To explain how this new technology works, the application stated, “A laser beam emitted from the laser light source is scattered on a skin surface of a wrist of a person, and a speckle pattern formed by scattering of coherent light is detected by the detector and then recorded.” The application went on to note that the “Pulsation in arteries causes a skin movement that affects the detected speckle pattern.”
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According to the application, the device will come with “laser light source”, a processing unit, a memory, and a detector. Samsung may also include a display to output all the parameters that the system is detecting. The report claims that Samsung may include a speaker instead of a display so that it can provide a sound or voice signal to output the result.
Samsung can also opt for a system where the device can transmit the data with the help of a wired or a wireless method so that users are likely to check the details on their smartphones. With the help of this new technology, Samsung is planning to take on the Apple Watch when it comes to the preferred wearable device for people who are conscious about their health.