December 30, 2015
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Samsung Creative Lab rink

Samsung will be showcasing three projects to have come out of its Creative Lab (C-Lab) initiative at CES in just a few days’ time. The company will be gathering feedback on its rather oddly named WELT, rink and TipTalk ideas. Samsung’s C-Lab projects are basically the results of giving a number of the company’s engineers free reign to flex their creative muscles.

We’ll start with WELT, a smart wearable health and fitness tracker that looks like a belt. WELT features the familiar step counting and eating habit features from other fitness trackers, but can also monitor your waist size and the amount of time that you spend sitting down.

rink builds on Samsung’s work in the emerging virtual reality platform, offering up a hand-motion controller for mobile VR devices that presumably works something like a slimmed down Wii remote. However the device isn’t held, instead it wraps around your hands.

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Finally, TipTalk. Another oddly named product but it’s probably the most intriguing one out of the three. TipTalk appears like any ordinary watch strap but actually contains its own communication device. It syncs up to a smartphone and plays back speech or music without the need for a headset or headphones. Instead you simply touch your finger to your ear, secret agent style, and presumably some form of bone conduction is used to transmit sound to your inner ear. Samsung says that this is particularly useful in noisy environments.

These three Creative Lab projects will be showcased at Eureka Park, the destination for startups at CES, from January 6th to 9th. Samsung has plenty more creative projects in the works too.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
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