Withings Body Scan Smart Scale measures individual body parts


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Two years after a global pandemic with no end in sight, is a good time to try and get back in shape. To make that easier, while minimizing regular trips to a public gym or doctor’s office, Withings has updated its smart scale with a new feature that improves the accuracy of the data the scale collects when someone uses it.

In 2009, Withings created one of the first smart scales that could measure more than just someone’s weight when they stepped on it. Using bioelectrical impedance analysis, which involves passing a low-amplitude electrical current through the body in bare feet and then measuring the resistance of the current, the scale was able to determine the user’s percentage of body fat versus muscle and water, which a more detailed analysis of the health of their bodies.

The scale also featured other tricks, including measuring the user’s heart rate and syncing all that collected data to the cloud and a companion app that allows users to easily track their health progress over time. For 2022, Withings will introduce the next generation of its smart scale with an additional retractable handle with four additional stainless steel electrodes that enable new functionality.

Previous versions of Withings scales were limited to reporting a user’s percentages of body fat, water, visceral fat, plus muscle and bone mass across the entire body. The new Withings Body Scan scale can provide the same measurements, but broken down for specific body parts, including the torso, arms and legs. So if every day is leg day for you, you should be able to see that particular progress, including muscle mass gain, through the Withings app.

Other upgrades include the ability to take 6-lead ECG (electrocardiogram) measurements using the four electrodes on the handle and one on the base of the scale and then crack that data using proprietary algorithms to identify possible detect heart problems such as arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation. The new Body Scan can also monitor problems with a user’s nerve activity through a 30-second test that applies a small current to sweat glands in the feet. The number of chloride ions the glands release in response may be an early indicator of small nerve fiber degeneration, which is another problem that can be reversed through a healthier lifestyle.

For those who prefer to skip the app or prefer to keep their health data out of the cloud, the Body Scan has a built-in high-resolution 3.2-inch color LCD display that displays all of the scale’s findings every time it’s used. Users just need to remember to look down while using it.

Availability for the new Withings Body Scan is expected to be sometime in the second half of 2022, but as it has not yet been approved by the FDA, the product could face delays if specific features need to be tweaked or removed altogether based on the findings. of the government agency. As a result, pricing information is also not yet available, but you can expect it to cost more than the $150 Withings Body Cardio currently available.


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