According to a recent press release, Samsung is set to launch S Health, a service for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The big feature that Samsung is toting is integration with medical equipment, such as blood pressure and glucose monitors. The app will allow the phone to draw data from such sensors through USB connectivity and Bluetooth, and can chart them. The S Health app has already been launched in Korea, and will roll out soon in the United States as well as five European countries.
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I’m worried that the focus on the blood pressure and glucose metrics will overshadow the utility the app could have for tracking protective health measures like diet, exercise, and weight, which the app will also be capable of tracking. To be sure, blood pressure and diabetes are of serious concern in the Unites States, but glucose monitors aren’t yet ubiquitous. It could do more good if it can really help all Galaxy S III owners keep track of their health.
According to the press release, S Health will be compatible with the UltraEasy Blood Glucose Meter, OMRON’s Blood Pressure Monitor and Body Composition devices, and A&D’s Blood Pressure Monitorand Body Composition scale. If you happen to have any of the above devices and an Samsung Galaxy S III, you’re in luck.
Do you think that the Health S service is a potentially useful tool, or something which will be ignored by most users? Should it be available for more of Samsung’s phones? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.