December 12 2017: Electrically heated belts that you can strap around your waist, are no longer a novelty. A lot of older people find comfort in them. And not just the old. The hyperactive among us, often long for some warm comfort that drives away pain and fatigue. Their problem: They can't sit in one place, tethered to the mains cable of the belt.
Now, a Pune-based startup -- Afferent -- has created a wire-free heat belt, the SandPuppy Fitbelt. Made of soft lycra, and flexible carbon fibre, you charge it initially for about 2 hours, with the power cord provided. Then disconnect and use wirelessly. A single press switch serves as on-off as well as the selector for three colour-coded heat levels: blue for low, white for medium and red for high. That's it! The temperature ranges from around 30 degrees C to 60 degrees C. It's a soft-and-thin fit and easily goes under one's clothing. A full charge lasts for at least an hour, at the red level. The Fitbelt currently sells at a discounted rate of Rs 3099 at the company's site www.sand-puppy.com or at Amazon.
There is a also a Fitbelt Plus model priced Rs 7499, that comes with an additional micro vibration mode. It also works with an app installed on your phone that lets you adjust the heat level continuously or set up a programme of preset heat cycles -- all with a swipe. Afferent CEO Prachi Kamat says, the Fitbelt is aimed not at patients needing clinical lumbar support, but at providing relief to a large number of lay sufferers from midriff pain. The product was developed and made in India and has earned warm acclaim from users in the few weeks it has been available. And that's a pun intended!