Withings is enhancing its Body Smart scale with new versions that include features like advanced health assessments and a clever and discreet Eyes Closed Mode.
The new Body Smart scale features Withings Precision Technology that combines multifrequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), precision weight sensors, and advanced algorithms to deliver insights and health analysis. In addition to precise weight and body composition analysis, it also provides advanced health measurements, including heart rate, visceral fat, metabolic age, and basal metabolic rate.
BIA works by sending a small electrical signal through the body, which measures the resistance and reactance of body tissues to the current. The more frequencies used, the more complete and accurate the picture of body health can be created. Multifrequency BIA and advanced algorithms enable Withings to dig deeper into body composition, expanding from measuring fat, muscle mass, and water weight percentage to analyzing visceral fat and other advanced body metrics.
As part of its enhanced body composition analysis, Body Smart can also measure visceral fat, the type of fat that surrounds the internal organs and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Withings believes that by measuring and tracking visceral fat, you can better understand your overall health and take steps that might lower your chance of developing chronic diseases as well as heart health risks. Body Smart also provides cardiovascular measurements and insights by tracking standing heart rates.
For the first time, Withings Body Smart will also be able to measure Basal Metabolic Rate the number of calories the body burns at rest, which provides valuable information about your overall metabolic health. By measuring BMR, you can better understand your overall health and make informed decisions about diet and exercise. Body Smart also uses this to calculate metabolic age, comparing how many calories a body burns at rest with others in an age group. These features will be available from May 2023 onwards, following an automatic update.
Body Smart also features a colour screen that displays relevant information. But sometimes, the last thing you want to see is the number on the scale, at least not until you’re ready to look. For those who prefer to be discreet, especially while others might be in the room, you can use the Eyes Closed Mode. Rather than display your weight on the screen it shows encouraging, motivating messages or daily information, like step counts, air quality, and the weather. When you’re ready to see the number you can check the app since the data will still be recorded there.
Compatible with up to eight users, other modes of the scale include athletic, pregnancy, and baby to accurately weigh little ones.
“Body Smart is a fantastic addition to the Withings smart scale lineup and one of the most feature-rich scales at its price point on the market,” says Mathieu Letombe, CEO of Withings. “Designed to improve users’ lives, Body Smart elevates the market by providing highly precise and accurate readings along with insightful and actionable health data and advice. It brings a new level of precision and clarity to the complexities of health in a beautifully designed device that fits in any home.”
Body Smart connects to the Withings app for tracking trends and measurements over time, following progress, and receiving detailed health advice and assessments as well as daily inspiration for long-term progress. Like Body Comp and Body Scan in the range, it is also compatible with the Withings+ (formally Health+) health improvement service. The subscription service guides you daily to help you build better habits to reach goals by unlocking additional content such as deeper metrics analysis, insights, and guidance.
Available from April 18, 2023, on www.withings.com, Body Smart is priced at US$99.95 and comes in black or white. It will also be available in Canada, with pricing TBA. Body Comp, which also now comes with a colour LCD, is currently available in black or white for $199.95. Body Scan featuring segmental body composition, a six-lead ECG with atrial fibrillation detection and electrodermal activity, already available in the European market, is expected to be available in the U.S. in Q3 2023 following FDA Clearance (no word yet on availability in Canada).