Withings Announces New 'Body Cardio' Scale Able to Assess Cardiac Health

by

Withings today announced the launch of its latest connected health product, debuting the Body Cardio, a scale that incorporates Pulse Wave Velocity measurements to give users an overview of their cardiac health.

According to Withings, the Body Cardio represents the first consumer scale that uses Pulse Wave Velocity, a measurement of the velocity at which a person's arterial pulse propagates through the body. It can detect arterial stiffness caused by problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and has a strong correlation with stroke, heart attack, and other cardiac events.

withingsbodycardio

PWV analyses are traditionally conducted in clinical environments and generally reserved for those diagnosed with high blood pressure or other chronic diseases. For the first time, Body Cardio brings this capability to the home scale, computing PWV based on the user's age and time it takes for blood to flow from the aorta in the heart to the vessels in the feet.

Body Cardio, along with its app, Health Mate, provides the user with the evolution of its PWV (m/s) over time and with an indication of whether their PWV is normal, optimal or at risk.

Design wise, the Body Cardio is slim and sleek, measuring in at 0.7 inches with a flat aluminum base for stability and heat-tempered glass for durability. Available in black or white, the Body Cardio is accurate on any surface, from wood floors to carpet. A built-in rechargeable battery is able to last up to a year between charges.

In addition to providing details on cardiac health, the Withings Body Cardio also measures weight and gives users information on body mass index, body composition, and standing heart rate. Body composition measurements, done through biometrical impedance, are also a new addition to the Body Cardio. Past Withings scales, such as the Smart Body Analyzer, offered fewer features.

withingsbodycardio2
The Body Cardio, like all of Withings' health related devices, connects to the company's Health Mate app to deliver information like weight trends over time for long-term health-related tracking.

withingsbodycardiocolors
The Body Cardio is available starting today from the Withings website and from Apple retail stores for $179.95. Later in the summer, the Body Cardio will also be available from additional retail partners.

Withings is also releasing an updated "Body" scale, able to measure weight and body composition. Body sells for $129.95 and is available from a variety of retailers.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
53 months ago

I wanted to buy a Withings scale but after reading so many bad reviews for units that usually die after 1 year mark got a bit scared.
It's a lot of money for a scale. :(

Both our scale and our blood pressure monitor have been working fine for several years. I'm really tempted to buy the new model, but I'm not sure if I can justify it because our original one is still going strong.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
53 months ago
snake oil - no regulatory approval for what it claims to measure
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
53 months ago

I love my Withings scale I already have, but I must question the logic of a flat, aluminum base? That would get TRASHED on my tile bathroom floor, not to mention slide around the whole time, surely?

Still want one, but... is this a wtf moment?

You really think they don't have small rubber legs under like their other scales? Should fine
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
53 months ago

It seems like a gimmick, why can't you just take your weight from any scale and just plug it into there app.

Because the internet of things is supposed to be seamless.....
[doublepost=1465389198][/doublepost]

Consider a scenario where someone has one of these sets of scales and the app gives him (or her) really bad news. Would he be obliged to tell his life insurer, if he has one. As far most western insurance law is concerned, yes he would be obliged to disclose this, which could result in either his policy being cancelled or the premiums increased. If it was a large policy, the insurer, post mortem, might ask if such a device had been used and subpoena for the results and then cancel the policy retrospectively for non-disclosure. Ignorance might well be bliss in this case. What you don't know, you can't tell them about.

Scary thought. The notion that Americans should not notify a doctor when health issues are detected because it might interfere with their health insurance just really highlights how broken our view of healthcare is.

Anyway, this is neat, might buy one for the new apartment at some point.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
53 months ago

Obvious the evidence is anecdotal but that's exactly the problem, they fail and Withings customer support is awful.
Check Amazon reviews (with a pinch of salt obviously).

Anyway I might pull the trigger on this new one and pray they improved their customer support :D

I bought a Withings scale about 4-5 months ago and had some problems with the wifi connection. I found their customer support VERY responsive. They made some suggestions; none of them seemed to work though. They were able to see when the scale connected and when it didn't (it would connect randomly, more often not connecting when I stood on it). They even sent out 2 replacement scales and I had the same issue. I've decided that the problem is with my Internet setup in my house (multiple routers going through a FIOS router; I think it's having some issues getting through all the connection points or something). I'm using it bluetooth mode now.

Will probably get this one. I'm going to simplify my whole setup and just go with Verizon's Quantum Gateway router and get rid of all of the other connections. If it still doesn't work, I'll return it. I've got some health issues that the new feature may help me keep tabs on, if it works like they say it does.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
53 months ago
Does it integrate into the health app (as data source) - or is the data only available in their app?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

iPhone 12 Sizes Compared with iPhone SE, 7, 8, SE 2, X, 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max [Update]

Tuesday July 7, 2020 6:49 pm PDT by
Apple is planning on launching the iPhone 12 this fall which is rumored to be coming in 3 different sizes: 5.4", 6.1" and 6.7". The middle size (6.1") matches up with the currently shipping iPhone 11, but the other two sizes will be entirely new. Over the weekend, there was some excitement about how well the new 5.4" iPhone 12 compares to the original iPhone SE. Those who have been hoping...

Everything New in iOS 14 Beta 2: New Calendar Icon, Files Widget and More

Tuesday July 7, 2020 11:38 am PDT by
Apple today released the second beta of iOS 14 to developers for testing purposes, tweaking and refining some of the features that are coming in the update. Below, we've rounded up all of the changes that we found in the second beta. - Calendar icon - There's a new Calendar app icon in iOS 14 beta 2, with the day of the week abbreviated rather than spelled out. - Clock icon - The clock...

Hands On With iPhone 12 Models Showing New Sizes and Design

Monday July 6, 2020 2:04 pm PDT by
Ahead of the launch of new iPhones we often see dummy models created based on leaked schematics and specifications, with those models designed to let case makers create cases for the new devices ahead of their release. We got our hands on a set of dummy models that represent the iPhone 12 lineup, giving us our first close look at the iPhone 4-style design and the different size options. Subscri ...

Developer's Visual Comparison of macOS Catalina and Big Sur Offers Closer Look at Apple's UI Redesign for Macs

Tuesday July 7, 2020 4:00 am PDT by
macOS 11 Big Sur is the next major release of Apple's operating system for Mac, and following its preview at WWDC, one of the biggest discussions has revolved around the all-new user interface redesign. Developers are still learning what the impact the new UI will have on their apps, and with that in mind, app designer Andrew Denty has compiled an extensive visual comparison of the user...

Analyst Believes iPhone 12 Pricing Will Start $50 Higher Even Without EarPods or Charger in Box

Wednesday July 8, 2020 9:35 am PDT by
Despite multiple reports indicating that Apple will not include EarPods or a wall charger with iPhone 12 models this year, one analyst believes that pricing will still increase slightly compared to the iPhone 11 lineup. In a research note provided to MacRumors, analyst Jeff Pu forecasted that iPhone 12 pricing will start at $749 for a new 5.4-inch model, an increase of $50 over the base...

14-Inch MacBook Pro With Mini-LED Display Expected to Enter Production in 2021

Wednesday July 8, 2020 7:51 am PDT by
Apple suppliers will begin competing to win manufacturing orders for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Mini-LED displays in the first quarter of 2021, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce. Rumors of a 14-inch MacBook Pro have surfaced since Apple replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model last year. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that...

Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to Public Beta Testers

Thursday July 9, 2020 10:14 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the first public betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 14 updates to its public beta testing group, two weeks after first providing the updates to developers after the WWDC keynote and a day after seeding the second developer betas. Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS/‌iPadOS‌ 14 updates over the air after installing ...

Apple's Arm-Based Macs With Apple Silicon Chips Will Support Thunderbolt

Wednesday July 8, 2020 3:14 pm PDT by
Apple is working on Macs that use its custom Apple-designed Apple Silicon chips instead of Intel chips, but Apple has committed to continuing to support Thunderbolt, reports The Verge. In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said that Apple's upcoming machines will offer support for Intel's Thunderbolt USB-C standard. "Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop...

Apple Cuts iPhone Trade-In Values as iPhone 12 Launch Nears

Tuesday July 7, 2020 7:46 am PDT by
With just two months to go until the usual timeframe for Apple's iPhone launch events, Apple is cutting back on maximum trade-in values of previous-generation iPhones for those looking to upgrade to a new model. Maximum values on more recent models have dropped by $30–$50, while older models have generally dropped by $5–$20 with a few models seeing no change in value.iPhone XS Max: $500 to...

Some iPhone Users Report Significant Battery Drain Due to Music App Background Activity in iOS 13.5.1

Wednesday July 8, 2020 1:49 am PDT by
A significant minority of iPhone users have taken to Apple's Support Communities and Reddit to report battery drain issues largely related to the Music app and high levels of background activity. Hundreds of users, many running iOS 13.5.1 on devices both new and old, are experiencing rapid battery drain when the Music app is not in use. In some cases, the background activity occurs over...