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CH4 is a wearable that tracks your farts and tells you what food to avoid

Now there’s a wearable device that helps reduce the frequency of farting-induced awkwardness. CH4 (the chemical formula for methane) is a device that comes from a New York-based team, which is running a Kickstarter campaign to bring its idea to the masses.

Simply put, CH4 is a square-shaped device that you can clip onto your back pocket or belt to monitor the gas that passes through your body. In the accompanying app, you can keep track of the foods you’re eating so it can correlate what foods give you the most gas. Based on those correlations, the app will tell you which foods to avoid to reduce your farting. The CH4 Kickstarter page notes that an average person passes gases 13 times a day in normal conditions.

“I really believe that CH4 is a great solution for a real problem that nobody speaks about,” according to Rodrigo Narciso, the graduate student at New York University who created CH4. He says while the first stage achieved a working 3D-printed prototype, the next stage will be about designing a smaller enclosure, reducing the size of the circuit board, improving the battery life, and making the app more user friendly.

CH4 isn’t just about saving users from embarrassing social situations; it’s also meant to help users avoid the abdominal pain and discomfort that comes with being gassy, according to its crowdfunding page.

The fart-tracking wearable has raised about $3,300 of its $180,000 goal, and the Kickstarter project closes Monday, May 11, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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