Samsung makes a lot of wearable devices—so many that we sometimes have trouble keeping up—but the Simband is no regular smartwatch. Instead, it’s a sensor-packed wristband with a big curved screen that promises to track everything your body does and use that data to improve your health.
Simband was actually announced back in May as part of Samsung’s push into health-focused technology, and now it’s available to developers interested in building apps for the new platform. From the front it looks a lot like the Gear S, but running along the inside of the band is a row of six sensors that track skin temperature, body fat, your heart’s electrical activity and more. If that’s still not enough, developers can also swap out those sensors with their own custom boards.
At the same time, Samsung is opening up APIs and SDKs for SAMI, the platform designed to power Simband and other future wearables. This should give interested developers plenty to work with, and hopefully we’ll see a consumer-ready device launch in the not too-distant future.