On Wednesday, Samsung decided to show off of a few of the company’s new devices created by its Creative Labs sector. One of these devices, arguably the most prominent, is a smart belt.
This device isn’t exactly revolutionary: it’s honestly just a giant Fitbit that goes around your waist instead of your wrist. Like a Fitbit, it tracks your various health-related numbers, ranging from how large your waist is to the amount of time you consume by sitting. These statistics are then synced to your phone within Samsung’s smart belt companion app, where you’re provided with strategies to enhance your health.
So now that you know a little bit about this smart belt, you’re probably wondering what it's called. Maybe it's called the Galaxy Gear Belt? You know, so it can have a similar name to Samsung’s other wearables. Well, no. Samsung decided to be more original when naming this device by calling it WELT. Yes, welt, the red, inflamed skin sore that nobody wants to have.
Now, I’m sure we can all imagine the awkward scenarios that are sure to ensue with the release of the Samsung WELT. Someone at work, a relative, or perhaps even a complete stranger may approach you while wearing the horribly named device and ask you the soon to be dreaded question, “Do you like my new WELT?”
Fortunately, the WELT wasn’t the only Creative Labs technology that Samsung unveiled Wednesday. The company showed off two others, both of which will be displayed at CES 2016 with the WELT. These other devices are the rink, a virtual reality controlling accessory that wraps around your hands; and the TipTalk, a band-like gadget that attaches to any watch, allowing you to listen to audio from your devices simply by putting your finger to your ear.
The WELT, rink, and TipTalk are still in their early phases, so there is a chance that they won’t hit the market. Their possible pricing also hasn’t been disclosed. Samsung says it wants to use CES as an opportunity to discover any changes that need to be made to the three products and whether or not the products are likely to succeed in gaining sales.