25.02.2014

Samsung’s flagship products use Firstbeat technology from Finland

Samsung chooses Firstbeat’s body analytics technology for its flagship products.

Next-generation body analytics technology developed by the Finnish company Firstbeat is featured in Samsung’s new smart phone GALAXY S5 and wearable devices Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 24 May. Firstbeat technology is based on physiological research and advanced heart rate variability (HRV) modeling, creating a digital replicate of the user’s physiology based on the heartbeat signal.

Firstbeat’s analytics in Samsung Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearable devices provide personalized real-time information on the progress and results of the user’s workout by deploying the device’s optical wrist-worn heart rate sensor. The feedback is also available when connecting the new Samsung GALAXY S5 with a heart rate sensor. The smart device automatically takes into account the user’s training history and fitness level.

Tailored feedback for fitness

The Firstbeat analytics acts as a personal coach, according to Aki Pulkkinen, Director of Consumer Technologies at Firstbeat. “The technology analyzes how your body is actually working, and offers user-friendly feedback for improving your physical fitness, tailored to your own level. The product will tell, for example, whether your exercise is sufficient to maintain or improve your fitness level,” says Pulkkinen.

In addition to the new products, Samsung also has already used Firstbeat’s technology in the S Health app in Galaxy S4 and Samsung Note 3. “Today there are more than 25 ‘Analyzed by Firstbeat’ consumer products in the market, ranging from heart rate monitors and wearables to smartphones and eBikes,” says Firstbeat CEO Joni Kettunen.

Sources: Firstbeat, Helsinki Business Hub