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    January 13, 2016

    Top 5: Best smart scales of 2016

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    Let‘s take a look at the best smart scales you can find in early 2016

    With CES 2016 already behind us, we have so much to look forward to in 2016. Everything in and around our homes are becoming part of the Internet of Things movement, meaning most common household appliances are becoming smart and connected.

    The trade show brought us many interesting gadgets, from LG‘s insane 8K TV, a new E-ink fitness tracker from Withings and the world‘s first foldable OLED screen. But something that caught my eye was the abundance of fitness garb available at the show, especially the many new connected scales. It makes it easy to see how fat you are and how slowly you‘re losing weight on your smartphone (or at least that‘s how I feel currently). So let‘s take a look at the best smart scales you can find in early 2016.

    Polar Balance


    One of the smart scales announced at this year‘s CES is the Polar Balance. You monitor your weight using the Polar Flow app for Android (no iOS version in sight as of yet). Its weight capacity is close to 200 kg and it includes advanced activity control which provides a personalized daily activity goal to help you reach your goal weight.

    The “weight speedometer” will tell you how hard you need to work out each day to meet the goals you have set, along with how many calories you need to burn.

    While we haven‘t heard too much of Polar‘s wearables in South Africa, they can be used in conjunction to track all of your activities in order to get to those targets you have set.

    Under Armor UA Scale


    In a very strange move, HTC have partnered with Under Armour to bring us the UA Scale. It is just one accessory (which includes the UA Band) to the entire UA HealthBox that’s now up for pre-order at a whopping $400.

    This Wi-Fi smart scale features auto-recognition for up to eight users and tracks your weight, body fat percentage and more through the Under Armor Record app. The entire HealthBox includes a heart rate sensor, activity tracker, and of course the smart scale.

    Weight Gurus Smart Scale


    This smart scale has a larger LCD display than most of its rivals with a bright blue backlight. This scale can measure your BMI and (obviously) your weight, and covers key factors like lean mass, body fat, bone mass, and even water weight.

    It has four high-precision sensors and provides accurate measurements every time you step on its tempered glass surface.

    Withings WS-50

    Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50

    Take complete control of your weight using the Withings WS-50, the smart scale that’s designed to accurately measure your weight, BMI, heart rate, and even monitor the indoor air quality of your living space.

    It, too, can distinguish between up to eight users, and use the same monitoring app as its Withings Fitness trackers.

    Archos Connected Scale


    Unlike some of its competitors, the Archos Connected Scale can recognize “˜only‘ four different users, and is another great option to track fat mass, BMI, and general weight.

    Using the connected Archos Self Android app you can set up goals and deadlines to help yourself stay motivated and monitor your progress using graphs. While it connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone, tablet or wearable, it doesn‘t require them to be nearby in order to weigh yourself. It can store up to a month‘s data in its own memory without syncing to your device.

    Are these devices something you would like to own in the nearby future? Do you think it is necessary for everything in your home to be connected somehow? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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