M2M Fact or Fiction: Belt-tightening waist-management system

Last updated: 25 November 2019

This is part of a series of posts around the Gemalto M2M Fact or Fiction quiz, which pits you against a series of scenarios – real or imagined – to test how much of an M2M visionary you are. For the whole quiz, click here, and for other posts in the series – click here.

The health markets and wearable tech markets are both in the ascendancy: on the one hand, reports estimate the global weight loss industry at $360bn, and on the other, wearable tech is predicted to be a $6bn global industry in the next couple of years, according to Gartner.

Wearable health has seen a big share of this market – Fitbits, Jawbones, Nike Fuelbands, Epson Pulsense and even the new Apple Watch make a great deal of their health and fitness credentials. And whilst subtle cameras and clever sensors can measure pulse, blood pressure, weight, sugar content and more – as far as we know, this particular example – of pressure sensors mounted in a belt, and connected by NFC or the like to a smartphone app to report back on the direct impact of over-eating – is still a business plan waiting to happen.

Now, I just need my belt, a knife, some Arduino sensors and my handy Gemalto Cinterion concept board and I could have a runaway business success on my hands!

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