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Remember the days when a smart scale would just measure your weight, maybe your body composition, and then sync it to an app? The Withings Body Scan, a new smart scale announced by the company on Monday, does much more than that.
To be clear, the Body Scan will still take basic measurements from the smart scale, but it will also take 6-lead ECG readings whenever you weigh yourself. There are 14 electrodes on the base and four more in a retractable handle that sticks out of the scale in order to perform the ECG. The grip sits above a 3.2-inch LCD screen.
As well as giving you your body composition number, the Body Scan will now break out your torso, arms and legs and display their specific composition in the companion app.
The same sensors that enable ECG and specific body composition breakdown also enable the Body Scan scale to assess your small nerve activity. The test is performed over 30 seconds of applying a small current through the baseplate sensors, which is then read, and a score is displayed in the Withings app.
Withings currently sells the Body Cardio smart scale that measures and records heart rate, but it lacks Body Scan’s ECG functionality. Cardio costs $149. Withings has yet to announce pricing for Body Scan.
A release date is not yet available either. Withings will have to wait for the FDA to approve the Body Scan and all of its new features. Withings currently expects this to happen in the second half of 2022.