The trending buzzword in technology right now is "wearables." That includes fitness trackers like the FitBit and Jawbone, smart watches like Apple Watch and headsets like Google Glass.
These do useful things like provide quick information, let you interact with your smartphone remotely and record your vital signs such as heartbeat and how much you move. However, one company has decided that there's an important feature every other wearable manufacturer is missing.
That's why we now have the CH4. This little square attaches to your back pocket or belt, and records your ... how should I put this delicately ... gaseous emissions. OK, it sounds like a joke a teenage boy would have come up with, but there is an actual reason behind it.
As your food is digested, your body can produce several types of gases, like hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide. If you eat something your body doesn't handle well, it can lead to an imbalance of gases, or way too much of one being produced. That might lead to discomfort, and upset stomach, or ... social embarrassment.
The CH4 lets you enter what you've eaten into the accompanying smartphone app. Then the unit records and analyzes the gases you emit over the course of the day.
The app can correlate the gases with the food to figure out what may not be agreeing with you and recommend changes to your diet. That sounds simple enough.
Right now, the CH4 is just a prototype with a Kickstarter campaign, but it sounds like the creators are keen on getting it into the public's back pocket. I can't wait to see their advertising campaign, although if their promo video is any indication they're not going to be very delicate about it (warning: bleeped swearing).
So, what do you think of this new technology? Let me know in the comments.