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Wearable Tech

Zikto takes step trackers a step further

A new Korean startup is looking to launch a device that tracks every part of your step.


Zikto, a new Korean startup founded by six engineers from LG Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, SK Telecom and Shinhan Bank are set to unveil a fitness band that can provide feedback on the wearer's posture on Kickstarter next week.

Called "Arki", the new wearable goes further than trackers like Fitbit. In addition to tracking the numbers of step walked, Arki will also measure the quality of the steps and adjust them to a healthy posture, the company said.

Arki does this through a machine learning technology called Body Balance Analysis that can measure how 'warped' the wearer's shoulders, waist and buttocks are, and provide feedback on how to improve.

It will still come with the standard features found in other fitness bands including pedometer, calorie counter and sleep tracking. The strap is interchangeable, and will come in a variety of colours in plastic and leather.

The device will be priced between $99 and $129. The Kickstarter campaign is set to launch next week, and Zikto hopes to raise $100,000 in funding.