It seems like every week there’s a new fitness tracking device, doesn’t it? Personally I like many of them, but my favorite fitness tracker thus far is a scale. More precisely, it’s a smart scale. It’s called the Withings Smart Body Analyzer ($149.95) and it’s a one-stop shop for tracking one’s health that looks as good as the you it’s helping to create. It also plays well with the Withings Pulse O2 wrist-worn fitness tracker which I recently reviewed.
All scales track weight, that’s a given. It’s just that this Withings smart scale does it in style, with accuracy, a handful of useful additional features and helps you keep track of your health data via an app connection.
As I’m prone to do, I’ll talk design right off the bat because who wants something ugly sitting around the house? Not me.
This scale is practically a work of art. It’s sleek and modern and—the sign of truly great gadgets—it’s an item you want to leave sitting out in plain view. The glass top of the scale is magnitudes nicer than the cheap plastic scales you might be used to.
The Smart Body Analyzer has a really nice screen up near the top. Once your belly shrinks down enough to look toward your toes, you’ll see text and icons light up in an excellent blue hue. I love how the screen tells you what it’s doing via animations.
As far as grabbing a measurement goes, simply step onto the scale and let it grab your measurements in this order: weight (it automatically recognizes different users at this point), fat mass, heart rate and air quality. It takes a bit longer than jumping onto a “dumb” scale, but the benefits are well worth a few extra seconds.
I find it pretty awesome that the scale can grab your heart rate and the air quality. These are two nice additions to the feature set that give you some extra bang for your buck on top of the ability to really take control of your weight and fat data.
I think the idea of the smart scale has some interesting implications. In a way, it could be used as a standalone fitness tracker (an alternative to those worn on the wrist, if not an unlikely one). While it doesn’t track metrics like steps taken, calories burned or distance traveled during the day, it does ...