Available from: www.withings.com
Everybody measures their weight at some point in their life. However, besides a quick hop on the bathroom scales and a fleeting glance at a scary looking number, most of us leave it at that. A constant reminder of your rapidly expanding waistline brings a shudder to most, but with the Connected Body Scale it needn’t be that way. Sure, the initial measurements aren’t the highlight of your day, but once you get playing with this device and its corresponding software, it has a huge effect on the way you view your diet, lifestyle and overall health. The first bonus of using these scales is that of the stylish addition it makes to the location you choose for it; the sleek glass and aluminium make it look like the bathroom equivalent of an iMac. Beyond installation of the provided batteries and a quick connection via USB to your Mac, the device is set up and ready to go. Simply log on to the provided web link, add your Wi-Fi network and a password and you’ll be logged in to your own personal homepage at Withings.com where you can add yourself as a user and weigh yourself for the first time. Multiple users can also be added so you and a partner, your family or an entire sports team can be included on the scale and their weights measured. Enter some basic information about your height, weight, sex and age and a user is created. Once a user’s details are added to the scales, the device will recognise them each time they step on and show their three letter identifier (added at setup) as well as their weight, body fat and BMI. We found the scale had trouble identifying users with similar heights and weights, but a clever system within the scale does allow for selection by applying weight to your left or right foot. Measurements are taken using a traditional digital scale as well as ITO invisible electrodes which are then sent, via Wi-Fi, to your Mac (and iPhone app) and displayed in the form of a graph. From the attractive web interface you can view all of your measurements on a timeline graph and set yourself objectives for any of them to help you reach a target weight. Again, we had a little trouble with user ecognition, but this was quickly rectified by deleting anomalies on the web interface. For the Mac user who has everything or those serious about losing some excess weight, the Connected Body Scale is a glorious, Apple-esque piece of kit.
Pros: A great way to chart your weight and health in a beautiful, high-tech package.
Cons: Occasionally has issues differentiating between users of similar size and weight.
Verdict: Five out of five stars