By: Yaw Sarpong
Top developers from around the world gathered at the Samsung Electronics Company Limited in South Korea and announced new platforms and opportunities, aimed at enhancing consumer lifestyles through open collaboration.
The leading electronics company unveiled new software tools at the event. The new softwares were digital health, smart home, wearables and virtual reality.
Samsung’s technologies and platforms are designed to support developers in shaping the next big innovations, critical to influencing more convenient, connected lifestyles for consumers, according to the company.
“Our news highlights the exciting developments occurring at Samsung and its growing ecosystem of developers and partners, across a wide range of technologies,” said Won-Pyo Hong, President and Head of Samsung Media Solutions Center, adding that they remain committed to enabling developers to create innovative solutions that ultimately improve consumer lifestyles.
A statement from Samsung Ghana office indicated the company is committed to help create and accelerate a wider digital health movement. To support this effort, the company announced Samsung Digital Health (SDH) Platform and SDK (SDHSDK) that provides developers a feature to track information on personal health, such as activity, workout, food consumption and more.
In addition, it syncs the information with Samsung Cloud server and Samsung Account. It allows services and apps to be connected to the SDH Platform, on which users can enjoy quality healthcare services from Samsung's partners in the healthcare industry.
The Samsung Smart Home platform is designed to deliver smart home experiences that enable new kinds of conveniences for consumers. Development tools, such as the beta release of the Smart Home SDK, allow customers who have appliances developed by the SDK to control them by using a Samsung Smart TV or smartphone.
The company said the new Smart Things IDE, expands upon this effort by integrating with some of Samsung’s most popular appliances, and is intended to spur an open smart home ecosystem of products and experiences, resulting in platform comprehensive Smart Home.
Wearables and Virtual Reality (VR)
As a leading innovator in wearable technology, Samsung said it will continue to diversify its portfolio to deliver new, compelling experiences for consumers. It also aims to widen the ecosystem for these devices through developer support across a range of wearable and VR devices.
The company said the Gear S SDK enables developers to create exciting, unique applications that harness network and location data by capitalizing on the cellular functions, richer notifications and advanced UIof the device.
“The Gear VR Innovator Edition, powered by Oculus, merges the long-term expertise in gaming, developer community relations and virtual reality technology for a completely new mobile virtual reality experience,” said the company.
“Together, Oculus and Samsung have created an entirely unique product with the Gear VR Innovator Edition,” said Brendan Iribe, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Oculus. “He stated that it’s still very early days for virtual reality as a new technology and medium, and we can’t wait to see what the community creates and shares with the world on this new platform.”
Also, during the conference, Daily Express gathered that there were many sessions that introduced the participant to new development tools including the Tizen-based Samsung TV SDK, Multi-screening Gaming Platform and EDU SDK, among others.