After putting out the Body Cardio more than five years ago, the French company Withings has now come out with the Body Scan, which is the most technologically advanced linked scale the company has ever made.
Compared to the old model, the new one has a handle with four stainless steel electrodes that make it possible to monitor ECG, segmented body composition (the amount of fat and water in your arms, legs, and torso), and even more unusual things like nerve activity.
All of these features will make it one of the most expensive scales on the market when it finally comes out.
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Withings says it makes the best smart scales in the U.S. and that it came up with the Body Scan.
Mathieu Letombe, the CEO of Withings, told Engadget in a French interview that the company is growing because “people want more and more medical and health data and information.”
Without a doubt, this is what the new scale is meant to do.
Even though it looks and feels the same as the previous Body Cardio, it has more sensors that may give you more information than ever before about your body.
This has a number of parts, including four weight sensors, 14 ITO (indium tin oxide) electrodes in the platform, and four stainless steel electrodes on the redesigned handle.
Compared to the last model, this one’s battery can now go a year without being charged, and the 3.2-inch LCD colour screen is better and bigger.
The handle lets safe, low-level electrical signals run through your whole body, not just your feet. This is similar to what you might see on some high-tech gym scales.
For starters, it allows for a new 6-lead ECG that can identify heart rhythms using two sets of electrodes on either side of the handle and one in the base of the sale, as well as two sets of electrodes on either side of the handle and one in the base of the sale.
Letcombe says that the Body Scan is better because it gives more specific results than a single lead on a smartwatch, which “can be easily put together by a cardiologist.”
What About Its Algorithm?
An algorithm built into the device can look for signs of atrial fibrillation. The results can be shown on the device’s screen or through the Withings Health Mate mobile app.
Withings says that the data can be saved to show trends or “shared with medical experts through the app” to help doctors figure out what’s wrong with a patient.
“Now, every time you step on the scale, it will tell you that information because the handle has been changed.”
Withings says that the Body Scan is accurate to within 0.1 pounds (50 grammes), which is twice as accurate as the previous generation, but that’s just the beginning of what the device can tell you about your body.
Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) is used to measure the percentages of fat and water in the whole body, as well as visceral fat, muscle and bone mass, and water inside and outside of cells.
It can also tell you about your chest, arms, legs, and other parts of your body if you ask for them. All of this, says Withings, lets you find things that doctors and athletes use to find things like dangerously concentrated fat or muscle imbalance.
As part of its work with a French company called Impeto Medical, Withings made a feature that measures nerve activity.
It can track the activity of the sweat glands in the foot (sudomotor function) by sending a small direct current to the electrodes on the plate.
The loss of function in this area could be caused by the breakdown of tiny nerve fibres, which can be fixed by working out regularly and eating well.
I talked to Letombe, who said, “It’s an important function because poor nerve activity is linked to a number of long-term health problems, like obesity.”
“Imperato makes devices that cost up to 10,000 euros and are used by neurologists and other doctors. The Body Scan is a consumer product that does the same thing every time you weigh yourself,” says the author.
At the same time, Withings will be able to collect nerve activity data from millions of users. The company says that this will help medical research and patient care in the future.
Withings’ Body Scan scale has a handle that lets you measure the amount of fat in different parts of your body.
Along with the scale, a subscription service will be available. The price of the subscription service will be announced later this year.
Withings says that the device will “allow users to talk to medical specialists for help and advice while at the same time sending real-time data to clinical teams.”
It will also help people reach their health goals by giving them personalised health plans, videos, and other resources about things like nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress management.
With the Body Scan, Withings will be able to sell at a reasonable price one of the most technologically advanced health, sports, and medical devices for the home.
What About Its Cost In The Market?
After FDA approval, it is expected to cost $300 when it comes out in the U.S. and Europe in the second half of 2022. This is $100 more than the Body Scan’s first release price.
Even though the price of the membership service will go down and come with three free months, it is still a lot of money in the grand scheme of things.
How well it delivers on all of the claimed features and how quickly it gets FDA approval will be key to its success.
Withings showed that it is not always easy to get FDA approval for its ScanWatch device after it was first released.
Also, the company had trouble with its Pulse Wave Velocity (PVW) heart health feature, which was eventually taken off the market in a number of places because of regulatory concerns.
What Are The Concluding Remarks?
With all of this in mind, it’s a bold move for Withings to release a scale with even more advanced medical and health functions.
Letombe said, “We think that’s the best way to improve a user’s health. Not by making them work harder, but by giving them more specific information about a product they use every day.”