The Samsung Galaxy S7 could help keep your body fat in check

In 2015, technology and health are joined like never before, and Samsung is banking on the trend just like all manufacturers.

Of course, the company needs to innovate to keep raking in the cash, and its next fitness ploy might be a smartphone or accessory case that measures body fat.

A new patent reveals a method of embedding four sensors into, or “near”, a phone – the latter meaning the cover of a phone case, as spotted by VentureBeat.

These sensors work in unison to measure impedance levels that result from contact with our bodies. Electrical impedance is the degree to which a circuit opposes a current when a voltage is applied.

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Patent fig. by Samsung

This allows software to provide an estimate of a person’s body-fat percentage, which is generally regarded as a better measure of determining good health than the BMI rating.

It’s worth noting that such sensors already exist, although not in smartphones.

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Unfortunately, we can’t say for sure whether Samsung will ever adopt the technology into its Galaxy smartphone range, as patented concepts can often end up unused.

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