When I first saw this on Kickstarter, I thought to myself, “Great… another ‘smart’ item.” The picture showed a belt with a cord coming out of it, and I worried this “smart” belt was a portable charger.
I turned out to be wrong and this product is pretty cool. I’m not sure I would actually ever spend $100+ on a belt (no matter how smart), but the features were cool to look at and pretty innovative.
This belt acts as a pedometer–replacing items such as the Fitbit that are uni-purpose. It also measures your waist size over time and notifies you when you might be eating a little too much at a meal.
It also keeps track of when people are being sedentary and reminds them to move around.
Oh, and it holds up your pants.
I think this is really cool because of how functional it is. However, it has some limitations that would make it a deal breaker for me.
First of all, I don’t wear belts, so that right there would keep me from purchasing one. But even if I did, this doesn’t end up being the ultimate Fitbit replacement for me. I doubt I (or anyone) would wear a belt when working out, so it may consider that time sedentary. I assume it’ll let you manually input what your workouts are. But I’d rather things be automatically done.
Here’s a video about the features.
I want to stress, I don’t actually think this is worth spending the money on. But I do think the technology they developed is pretty cool.