The wearable could use Samsung’s Bio Processor chipset, which measures electrical activity of the heart.
Samsung has been rumored to be developing an entry-level fitness tracker that would rival the top contenders in the wearables market. It looks like the rumor is true as images were leaked by Tizen Café, showing what could be the company’s next-generation activity tracker.
Reportedly dubbed SM-R150, or known internally as Triathlon, the wearable resembles that of the Gear S2 Sport, which dons a circular display and rotatable bezel. But the killer feature of the SM-R150 lies in its processor.
The folks at SamMobile are speculating that the tracker is using Samsung’s Bio Processor chipset, which the South Korean company revealed at CES this month. If the device, indeed, uses this chip, it will be a game changer.
Developed by Samsung’s System LSI division, the processor supports electrocardiogram, also known as EKG or ECG, which checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart.
The chipset is also capable of measuring blood flow (photoplethysmograph or PPG) and body fat. Also. the chip doesn’t rely on external processing to read data because it has an embedded flash memory and Bluetooth to push data in real time.
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Although Samsung has yet to confirm that it is working on an activity tracker, the company showcased a prototype wearable at CES this month. The device, named S-Patch, is using the advanced chipset. Interestingly, the S-Patch can be attached to a user’s chest, similar to the SM-R150, as seen below.