Open innovation at Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco

Samsung gathered 6000 developers in San Francisco to learn about the opportunities to work with them. Vertical was invited as a best-case example to showcase the open innovation approach in healthcare that Samsung Nordics and Vertical have built together over the past three years.

Last week we had the unique opportunity to join Samsung Developers Conference, an annual event organized by Samsung in San Francisco. This year the event gathered a record number of 6 000 developers from all over the world.

Open innovation and voice control in focus Two things were echoed strongly throughout the entire event: open innovation and voice control. At the event Samsung made it clear, they have a very strong open innovation agenda. Samsung clearly communicated that they want to work with startup companies and developers to bring new value-adding services to market.

I have been using Google Home for a year, and it has become a natural user interface for controlling features of my home such as lights and music. Another convenient environment for voice control is the car, where it can allow the safer use of the smartphone. However, in the future, we are going to see more advanced solutions, and Samsung is taking a step in that direction by opening up an SDK (Software Development Kit, i.e. a tool to program) for Bixby, their voice control solution. This will allow anyone to develop new features and services using Samsung’s voice control solutions. Being such an intuitive user interface, voice control is going to become very prevalent in healthcare and we will see the number of available solutions rising steadily over the years to come.

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