For quite some time now, “wearables” is a term we’ve used in a pretty limited fashion, primarily meaning technology that’s worn on the wrist or clipped to a belt, like the Fitbit or a smart watch. There have been exceptions, but they’re few and far between. CES 2015 is showing signs that this is going to change going forward. A case in point is Emiota’s Belty device, a weird wearable smart belt that has been drawing a lot of attention at the show.
The idea behind Belty is that it will track daily changes to your waist size, adjust itself with motors when changes occur (such as when you sit down or eat too much; it’ll loosen itself automatically,) and it can provide you with a gentle vibrating prod when you’ve been sitting down for too long.
Belty is unreasonably big; let’s get that out of the way. Emiota is aware of this, but a product that isn’t ready for consumers may still be perfectly ready for CES; it is for demonstrating, after all, not for selling.