Technology companies often allow their employees to work on certain projects in their spare time which are not part of their primarily project agenda in order to encourage creativity and innovation. Similar to Google s Area 120 , Samsung also has an in-house incubator program for its employees to facilitate their own creative business ideas and launch new startup companies. Under the initiative, Samsung has unveiled six new spinoff projects which range from mobile apps to wearables. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, S22 set to annoy plastic haters in 2022Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 India launch set for June 21, price could range between Rs 15,000 - Rs 20,000
The Samsung C-Lab was founded in 2012 and the company says that by far, it has supported more than 150 projects. Whenever an idea is chosen to be carried forth under C-Lab, employees are allowed to take a year away from their regular post to work on it. While the Samsung C-Lab has been operational for around four years, it was only in 2016 that the company teased a couple of projects at the Consumer Electronics Show, which included a smart belt and an idea printer. Now the company has previewed a set of six new projects, which could soon become consumer-ready. In its blog post, the company has given a sneak peek into each of these projects which include Hum on!, Waffle, ItsyWatch, Ahead, LiCON and FITT360. Of all the six projects, the most fascinating from Samsung s C-Lab is what looks like the Google Glass headset. Called Fitt360, the device is a 360-degree camcorder headset and allows users to record their surroundings in all directions. The device offers hands-free controls and allows individuals a fully-immersive VR experience. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests
Hum On! Is a mobile app designed to help users make their own music simply by humming. The app converts humming into musical notes and allows users even with no prior knowledge or expertise in music, write notations on any instrument. ALSO READ: Samsung could unveil a 5-inch foldable smartphone next year: Report
In the age of Facebook and Snapchat, one of the Samsung C-Lab projects intends to bring the old Orkut-like concept of writing on friends walls. Called Waffle , the service allows users to doodle onto other users wall, add stories or other visual content. Fellow members of the community can contribute to your story leading to a large artwork of sorts with pictures, drawings, and doodles.
The C-Lab has also been working on a new wearable device for children called ItsyWatch. The device is aimed at inculcating good habits in children. It allows kids to learn how to care for their own virtual pets, adopt good habits such as brushing their teeth, eating properly, and exercising. The virtual characters give kids positive feedback and encourage kids by turning everyday activities into interesting games. Meanwhile, parents can also keep track of their kids progress.
Then there is ‘Ahead’, a smart communication device aimed at a safer commute for bikers, skiers, and motorcyclists. The device attaches to the helmet of the user and allows a hands-free option to listen to music or receive voice notifications. ALSO READ: CES 2016: Samsung s new announcements focus on Internet of Things
In tune with the growing focus on IoT devices, the LiCon app uses a smartphone s camera to recognize and control all Internet-connected devices. All that a user needs to do is install the app and take a photo of any smart device, the app immediately recognizes the device and opens the controls for that particular device. It basically does away with the need to install separate product-specific apps for each IoT device by centralizing all controls in a single app.
One of the earlier spinoffs, called IOFIT smart shoe, recently turned to Kickstarter for funding. The IOFIT smart shoe is designed to help athletes and coaches access data on an individual s performance. A lot of interesting and innovative concepts are seen every now and then but despite an honest interest, the projects die their own death owing to lack of funding and manufacturing glitches. It will be interesting to see whether the newest set of Samsung C-Lab projects make it to the consumer forum.