A new kind of fitness tracker has been successfully funded on Kickstarter. A belt designed to make wearable technology fashionable, the Welt tracks several health statistics and compiles them in order to provide advice on how to better live healthily and manage your fitness.
The device was created by the Welt Corporation, a healthcare tech company that began as a team at Samsung Electronics and has since spun off to become an independent start-up.
The Welt itself was launched on the 30th August and has been fully funded in just about a week, taking advantage of the team’s prior experience in the healthcare tech industry and their aim to, “create products that are at the forefront of innovation while also matching our previously held quality standards.”
The Welt is designed to track three main indicators of health and fitness: waist size, activity and food intake. Using a magnetic sensor embedded in the buckle, your waist size can be tracked in real time by the device and you can monitor your progress over time as Welt tracks sizes from 28 to 44 inches in circumference.
The activity tracking is twofold: steps taken and time sat down. With an embedded pedometer, the number of steps you take during the day can be used to calculate your calorie burn and also monitor your periods of inactivity, measuring the two data sets to ensure both are for healthy durations.
The last factor, food intake, is also measured using the waist sensor. Excess calorie intake can cause the waist to expand and contract over a duration as short as half an hour, variations that the Welt can track to monitor overeating patterns.
The Welt comes into real effect once this data has been curated on the device’s app, which automatically pairs the Welt with your phone, organising personalised health advice onto a single screen.
The app allows you to track your steps, sitting time, caloric intake, distance travelled, and caloric loss either daily, weekly or monthly and will become more fine tuned to your personal health patterns the more you make use of the Welt. That increased usage will also be well served by the device’s long-life battery, able to last up to 20 days depending on usage.
Tech aside, it’s important to consider that the Welt does just look like any other belt you might have. With each belt made individually and offered in range of styles, the emphasis on making this a piece of fashion as well as of technology is one that may well set the Welt aside from competing tech.
The technological benefits are certainly the focus of the device but by making it an item that is practical to wear day-to-day, the probability of the health benefits actually coming in to play through repeated use is far higher.
The belt, which is set for release in January 2017, is currently doing the rounds at tech shows, with the company courting third party support.