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Welt smart belt is one Samsung product we really hope doesn’t explode

At CES Samsung unveiled a smart belt through its C-Labs startup initiative called Welt – that belt is now available to back on Kickstarter ahead of a release in January next year

The Welt belt will track your waist size, the number of steps you take, your sitting time and will even give you a nudge when you’ve eaten too much.

Waist size is monitored with a magnetic sensor embedded in the belt buckle and will enable users to see variances in real time via a mobile app.

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As for monitoring overeating, the company says: “Abdominal fat is a product of excess calorie intake. Based on calorie intake, your waist can expand and contract over a duration as short as half an hour.

“WELT keeps track of these rapid variations in waist size to monitor patterns of overeating.”

All of the information is synced back to the Welt app via Bluetooth, while the belt itself has a 20-day battery life. Let’s hope Samsung’s problems with exploding batteries don’t surface here. That could be nasty.

Welt is available in men’s, women’s, casual and premium editions from $69 (around £50) for early bird backers and rising to $199 (around £150) for a Kickstarter limited premium edition.

The campaign has already hit an extremely modest funding goal of $30,000 (£22,500).

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