WiFi Body scales for tracking your weight and managing weight loss are becoming all the craze. You weigh yourself and the scale posts your weight and BMI data to an Internet site (password protected, of course) over your home WiFi connection. This one from Withings is really slick and even comes with an iPhone app called WiScale.
Good for the weight conscious and control freaks, this makes a fun (and useful) addition to the capsule apartment. It is slim, neat and space-saving. Plus, it works with the whole family. By setting up different profiles for different people, the scale is automatically able to differentiate between them – posting the correct weight & BMI information to the correct profile.
Living the Nomadz lifestyle means being flexible, eating on the run and not always eating right. You could even slip this into your luggage and track your weight while jetsetting. Changing the WiFi settings isn’t too hard, as long as you have your laptop with you.
Someday in the future, I imagine that most of your health and beauty equipment will converge onto Internet profiles, sharing this data with your doctor, or any other healthcare professional with whom you wish to do so. It also makes weighing yourself more fun and, hopefully, helps you to fight the bulge in the process. Given the obesity epidemic facing the world today, there is not time like the present.
Now, if only it was portable, you could weigh yourself from anywhere! Mind you, it’s not very heavy and it is ultra slim. Perhaps you can’t pop it into a handbag but it will fit neatly into your carry-on.
The website may seem to be a bit of a gimmick but it is well conceived. I like the fact that it wasn’t cobbled together by engineers but actually by someone who knows something about UI design. When you first get the scale, you signup on the website and then create password protected profiles for different members of your household. By telling the system in advance their approximate height and weight, it can immediately differentiate between them when they hop on the scale.
Next, you connect the scale to your computer with the USB cable provided. Download some software from the website and you can configure your scale to connect to your local WiFi network (even if it’s password protected and encrypted). That’s it.
Every time you step on the scale, it takes your weight and BMI reading. You have to weight for this calculation to complete but it doesn’t take more than 10 seconds. The data is then automatically uploaded to the website.
The scale isn’t cheap – roughly 119 euros. But, then again, how many times do you need to buy scales? If it does help you to become healthier as a result of its interactive nature, then the price is worth it.
Check out the video on Amazon.