What if you wanted more from your smart scale? Get more data than what it offers now? Withings has the solution with the Body Scan connected scale (or connected health station as the brand calls it). And you can check out what this new health device looks like here.
It can provide you with more than weight management data. This smart scale can give you a daily analysis of biomarkers associated with common health conditions, offering data on your body composition, heart rate, and even vascular age.
It comes in unassuming black or white color options, but the Withings Body Scan can do many things. It can assess nerve activity and heart rhythm using a new 6-lead ECG. There are extra sensors on it, including four weight sensors, 14 ITO (Indium tin oxide) electrodes in the platform, and four stainless steel electrodes on the new handle.
That handle passes safe, low-level electrical signals to your entire body, offering you features often seen in advanced gym scales. That 6-lead ECG can detect heart arrhythmias using the handles and the base electrodes. The stats it gathers are viewable on a larger 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD color display or the Health Mate app.
An embedded algorithm can also spot heart patterns associated with atrial fibrillation. You’ll also see the results on the screen or through the app. As with other companion apps, it can show your health data and the trends it sees. According to the French company, you can readily share data with medical professionals right from it.
Withings partnered with another French company called Impeto Medical to develop the nerve activity assessment feature. It monitors the sweat gland activity (sudomotor function) in the feet using a small direct current from the electrodes in the plate. An impaired sudomotor function shows signs of degeneration of small nerve fibers, and this scale can help detect those issues.
Of course, the Withings app can offer actionable insights and personalized plans to deal with irregularities like these. The company also plans to introduce a subscription service soon, but we don’t have concrete details yet. The service is designed to give you access to medical professionals and features like personalized health plans, videos, and content on health and wellness. We expect that it should live within the Withings app.
We can’t talk about a smart scale without mentioning its weight monitoring capabilities. Withings claims it can accurately measure weight within 0.1 pounds or 50 grams, which is double the previous model.
Using multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), the Body Scan can measure whole-body fat and water percentage, muscle and bone mass, visceral fat, and extracellular and intracellular water. If you want to get readings on individual body parts, that’s possible here, too.
This technology allows you to see the slightest changes in body composition and monitor any dangers or health risks that might arise from issues like localized fat findings or muscle imbalances.
The Withings Body Scan offers a year-long battery life, which is three months better than before. Withings hasn’t released pricing yet, but Engadget expects the cost to be around USD 300 (around PHP 15,395 converted). It’s on the expensive side, which you can attribute to the extra tech in it.
It’s expected to come out in the US and Europe in the second half of 2022, but it still needs FDA clearance, so some of the more advanced medical and health features might not be accessible from the get-go, so that could make the expensive price tag a bit harder to swallow.
Given all of that, is it still something you want to get your hands on?
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