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Samsung invented a smart belt with a dumb name

Samsung invented a smart belt with a dumb name
PHOTO COURTESY OF SAM MOBILE

If you know what the acronym CES stands for, you know that the second weekend in January is a little bit of heaven for tech fans, or nerds. That's when the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas attracts 150,000 people from around the world.

Over a long weekend, they'll touch, feel, and experiment with next-generation tech gadgets. In previous years, that included weird sounding devices like smartwatches and 4K TVs that we now talk about and use every day.

This year, Samsung will let people see and try out WELT. That odd-sounding name is for a stylish belt with Internet-connected capabilities. It's essentially a fitness tracker like Fitbit, but you wear it around your waist.

WELT connects to a smartphone app (see video). It keeps track of your waist size, your activity level, and gives you exercise suggestions if you're sitting around too long.

WELT comes out of Samsung's Creative Lab. That's its in-house initiative where employees are encouraged to spend time developing the tech gadgets we'll all be using in the future.

There will be three Creative Lab creations at CES. Those were chosen from 100 gadgets that Creative Lab people had in development in the past year.

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