In the ever-evolving world of health and wellness technology, Withings is set to launch its FDA-approved Body Scan Connected Health Station this fall. While some may balk at its $400 price tag, those who seek cutting-edge health monitoring and insights will find it to be a worthy investment.
Originally unveiled at CES 2022, the Body Scan has since seen its price increase from $300 due to FDA approval delays, inflation, and semiconductor supply chain challenges. Despite the higher cost, this luxury smart scale promises an array of features and capabilities that make it stand out in the crowded market of health monitoring devices.
One of the standout features of the Withings Body Scan is its ability to detect atrial fibrillation using a six-lead ECG. This makes it the first FDA-approved health station of its kind, catering to those who need precise heart health monitoring. Additionally, it evaluates nerve activity, vascular age, and segmental body composition, providing users with a comprehensive overview of their health.
For those concerned about neuropathy, the Body Scan goes above and beyond by incorporating Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) technology to monitor foot sweat, helping to detect early signs of nerve issues. This holistic approach to health monitoring sets the Body Scan apart from traditional smart scales.
Engadget's Daniel Cooper had the opportunity to try the Body Scan earlier this year and had "nothing but praise for" it. He noted that the procedure was simple and effortless, involving stepping on the scale, holding the grab at pelvic height, and waiting just 90 seconds for the device to work its magic. The Body Scan then provides an extensive array of data points, including weight, body fat percentage, muscle mass, visceral fat, ECG, Pulse Wave Velocity, vascular age, and nerve health. These data are displayed in a user-friendly format on a 3.2-inch color LCD screen, making it easy to track your progress over time.
In terms of design, the Withings Body Scan is both sleek and functional. It features a retractable handle and a tempered glass platform, ensuring durability and ease of use. The device is equipped with four weight sensors, 14 ITP electrodes on the scale, and four stainless steel electrodes in the handle for accurate measurements. Withings claims that the scale can measure weight to within 0.1 lbs and also calculate Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).
One of the added conveniences of the Body Scan is its long battery life, which can last up to 12 months before needing to be recharged. This means less hassle and more consistent monitoring of your health metrics.
With its FDA approval, innovative technology, and user-friendly design, the Body scan is set to make a significant impact in the world of health and wellness technology when it launches this September.