Withings has announced global availability of its Body Cardio connected scale, a bit of smart home kit that promises to help you monitor your cardiac health like never before.
We all know the basic principles of health and fitness – eat less, move more, get plenty of sleep, drink more water (and less alcohol), and so on. But even if you're bang in the middle of your target BMI zone, you might be neglecting other aspects of your physical well-being.
That's where Withings' Body Cardio scale comes in. To the best of our knowledge, it's the first scale to track Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV), which is considered by medical experts to be the best measure of cardiovascular health – a faster PWV can indicate things like high blood pleasure, stiff arteries and hypertension.
The slimline Body Cardio scale calculates loads more useful data too, including your weight (duh), BMI, body composition (fat vs muscle vs water and bone mass), and standing heart rate. To encourage regular use, it'll also display the morning's weather after you weigh-in.
In addition, it pairs with Withings' Android and iOS Health Mate app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to automatically sync data every time you step on the scale, providing you with graphic visualisations of your health and fitness over time. There's goal, nutrition, and GPS run tracking as well, plus support for more than 150 third-party apps including Apple Health.
The Body Cardio will be available in the UK exclusively from Apple stores and Withings.com, priced at £139.95. There's also a more entry-level option, the £99.95 Body scale, which offers similar functionality but lacks PWV tracking.
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