We’ve got wearables to monitor our heart rate, sleep patterns - and now, eh-hem, our farts. The CH4 wearable and app helps you work out which food gives you flatulence. The gadget, named after the chemical formula for odoriferous methane - sits in your back pocket or clips to your belt and tracks the amount of methane gas your bottom is burping. A paired smartphone app syncs with the device and gives meal suggestions to improve your eating habits. Metro spoke with Rodrigo Narciso, Brazilian-born graduate student at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, on why he developed the rude-sounding gadget.
Farts are a normal, if somewhat crude, aspect of the human body. Why do we need to monitor them?
— Perhaps to avoid awkward social situations or for whatever other reason they think this might be necessary. Since the average person farts 13 times a day in normal conditions, people may want to learn how to adapt the eating habits to lower their number of farts emitted.
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Will users, and their bottoms, not be bothered by a device in their back pocket?
— I agree and I have been thinking about the implications of the current shape. If my prototype goes to manufacturing, I can certainly use much smaller components that will help create a much more discreet product. Also I have not had the time yet to test prototypes that can be placed further away.
You’re seeking funds for the device on Kickstarter. What’s been the reaction from potential users?
— People are divided. Some love it, some think it’s not interesting and some think it’s just a joke or a parody. Actually I’ve been receiving many messages from people who have been suggesting many uses for the product that I did not think of before.
Do you intend to launch CH4 even it the campaign didn't work?
— Maybe. We will analyze all possibilities at the end of the campaign.