Wearable tech is an exciting place to be with tech companies trying their best to innovate the Next best thing. Large retailers like Currys and Best Buy now have dedicated stands for your wearable life. Samsung is spending a lot of money in R&D and has now become the biggest patent filer in the field of wearable technology, according to a report out Tuesday from Boston, Mass-based Lux Research.
“Wearable electronics will have a lot of impact in the medical industry so this is why Samsung is over here,” says Lux Research analyst Tony Sun.
Samsung's Operating System (OS) of choice for their wearable market is Tizen as it is Linux based, offers great battery life and memory optimisation and also offers an OS that they have full unrestricted access to. This is the same OS that is powering their current wearable portfolio of Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear Neo, Gear S and the upcoming Next Gear (Gear A) Smartwatch.
Between 2010 to May 2015 there were 41,301 patents published for the wearable market and Samsung was responsible for 4% of those, with Qualcomm a close second place with 3% of patents and Apple with 2.2%. The most popular area for wearable patents with 11% of the total relate to consume communications applications like entertainment, device control and smartphone replacements. Health monitoring is a huge area of Interest which accounts for 10% of wearable patents and 25% of Samsung's own patents are health focused.