In trying to keep an eye on your health, weight can be used as an indicator whether you’re trying to lose a few pounds or gain a few pounds. There are a lot of scales out there these days, some stupid, some clever, and then there is the BBalance, a unique scale that doubles as a bathroom mat.
If you’re wondering why this sounds familiar, it’s because the BBalance debuted back in 2020 from Baracoda as the Mateo Smart Bathroom Mat where it was a prototype and was a winner of the CES 2020 Innovation Awards, so BBalance will be the final product be offered for sale to the public.
For those who don’t know, Baracoda is the parent company behind the device, where the company also unveiled the Themis smart mirror earlier this year, which won the CES 2021 Innovation Award.
As mentioned earlier, the BBalance is a bathroom mat that can also act as a scale, on which the information can then be sent and displayed on your phone, making it easier for you to keep track of your weight. Not only can it track your weight, but it can also tell you about your balance and posture.
It also comes with various exercise tips and videos that can help you improve your balance and posture if something goes wrong. It’s an interesting piece of tech and pretty cool because it doesn’t interfere with your daily routine. You can put the mat in front of your sink so you can measure yourself brushing your teeth and get ready in the morning.
BBalance is currently on Indiegogo trying to raise funds that it has since surpassed. So if you want to support them, go to the details.
From the official press release, here is the list of features BBalance claims:
- Effortless measurements thanks to integration with the user’s bath mats by camouflaging the appearance to remove the awkwardness of traditional scales. Users no longer have to weigh themselves, they just have to step onto the bath mat when showering or brushing their teeth. The measurements are recorded seamlessly and sent directly to the application.
- A dedicated app: Since BBalance doesn’t have a screen, users can check their data right in the app. To reduce the stress of weighing up, BBalance suggests a data-intensive display mode or simplified view that translates data into global trends that are interwoven with relevant advice. Users are only notified of problems, risks, or anomalies.
- Advanced posture analysis to predict back pain and early detection of scoliosis in teenagers.
- Balance assessment to help people rehabilitate or improve their balance so that the elderly or physically challenged can avoid falls.
- Weight calibration adjusted to the positions of users on their bath mats to account for the inaccuracies of traditional scales and ensure that the measured weight does not vary due to the user’s movements.
- An automatic recognition system using artificial intelligence that identifies users based on their footprints. This system automatically links data with relevant family members and personalizes the experience for each member of a household.
- Daily, personalized exercises to improve health in relation to different axes: perfecting posture, building muscles, improving balance or relaxation exercises that can be easily integrated into morning and evening routines.
- Monitoring the growth / development of the children (weight, posture, foot size)
- Measurement of body composition with display of muscle mass, fat mass, water mass and bone mass.
Disclaimer: Eliane Fiolet, co-founder and editor of Ubergizmo, is an advisor to the board of directors of BBalance’s parent company, the Baracoda Group.
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