CES 2013: Preview of Smart Body Analyzer for Mobile Health Management

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At CES, Withings is giving sneak peeks at a new health management accessory — and associated capabilities for Android and Smart Body AnalyzeriOS apps — aimed at letting you monitor your weight and heart rate and the air quality of your environment from a smartphone.

Known as the Smart Body Analyzer, Withings’ new accessory is a physical scale that can be paired with either an Android or iOS device and connected to the Internet over WiFi or Bluetooth.

The Smart Body Analyzer is the first scale that can also measure resting heart rates, which are considered an important indicator of overall physical health, a company spokesperson contended during the CES Unveiled pre-show press event..

In addition, the Smart Body Analyzer will measure both the temperature and carbon dioxide level of your surrounding environment.

Meanwhile, these measurements can be recorded and synced with Withings’ apps for Android and ioS.

You’ll be able to share the stored results over Twitter or Facebook with a doctor or health support group, if you want.

Withings first introduced an Internet-connected scale three years ago. The existing scale, though, measures weight only.

Withings plans to release the new Smart Body Analyzer by the end of this month, a spokesperson said. Although the health apps are free, the new scale will be priced at $149.95.

Also at CES, the company showed off the Withings Smart Activity Tracker, a new mini-device that will measure your pulse, steps or strides taken, and calories burned, also for management through the company’s Health Mate apps.

Withings plans to release the Smart Activity Tracker by the end of March, at pricing that has not yet been set.

New accessories and software for mobile health management should be plentiful at CES. Also at the show in Las Vegas, for instance, HealthSpot will show its new Web-based, video-enabled medical diagnostic system, which is designed to help overcome a shortage of medical personnel in some areas of the US.

 

 

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