The world’s first Wi-Fi-connected personal weight scale has just debuted in the U.S. Does this mean you can wirelessly access your PC’s music library while assessing the damage of last night’s fried chicken binge? Nope, but it does have a purpose, of course.
From French technology company Withings, the WiFi Body Scale (US $159), allows health-conscious individuals to record information — such as body weight and body mass index (BMI) — and then upload the information to a password-protected webpage or free iPhone app, WiScale.
While we haven’t yet test it ourselves (Withings said they’ve sent on to us at Sync to try out), the black and steel scale uses bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA, of course) to calculate the user’s body fat composition and displays it in actual weight instead of the usual percentage of fat in the body. The scale supports up to eight people in the home and can create individual tracking graphs.
The idea behind this product is that it’s convenient to track your weight (perhaps assessing whether a diet is working for you) as you don’t have to lift a finger to create daily stats on a secure website or iPhone.
Readers, is this something you’d use? Revolutionary or ridiculous?
All this writing is making me thirsty for a beer or three.