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Withings’ latest scale covers cardiovascular changes in Body Scan

Wearables may be the way many of us track changes in the body, but as the scale evolves, it’s becoming a place to check more than just weight. And in Withings’ latest, it goes well beyond kilograms.

The humble watch has been forever changed with the variety of smart sensors our devices get these days. Little green lights that inform us on our heart rate, and measurement systems that can look at body temperature, blood oxygen, and so on and so on, all of which can come together with AI for an estimation on how our health is going simply from wearing a wrist watch of sorts.

Today’s watches clearly aren’t the watches of yesterday, and neither are the scales.

You can, of course, get a simple scale to measure your health, but there are other options, too, able to check the water weight, the muscle and fat weight, nerve health, and so on.

It’s a category that is growing and connects with the feature set a smartwatch tracks, and depending on how much you spend, you may be able to track even more.

Withings’ latest definitely sits in that latest category, extending on one of our favourite gadgets of 2023 with a way to check even more about your body.

Called the Body Scan, it’s an update of the $400 Body Comp smart scale which adds a six-lead electrocardiogram to detail more information about your health, including how well heart and blood vessels are functioning, as well as being able to detect signs of atrial fibrillation.

You probably won’t be using this scale to determine if you’re about to suffer a heart attack, but it can be used for other things, such as tracking fitness during pregnancy, weighing a baby simply by holding them, measuring muscle mass across the body, and supporting up to eight users in one place. If you have eight people living in the same house, that’s eight people that can have their weight and health tracked.

Priced at $799.99, the Withings Body Scan may actually be the priciest scale we’ve seen in a long time, pushing beyond the roughly $400 of the Body Comp. But given the feature set, it may also be one of the most feature-rich, and if you’re someone who needs it, you’ll find the Body Scan available at Amazon and JB HiFi across the country.

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