Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 23, 2015
The MyBiody Balance is a fitness tracker that is not designed to be worn or carried around with you. The makers of this fitness device have taken a different approach where sporadic measurements are taken to chart progress. It can help you monitor several health indicators based on your weight, age, height and gender. It is aimed at a generic audience, but those who we think it would appeal to most are elite athletes, as they tend to be more obsessed (rightfully so) with things like muscle mass and body fat percentage.
When held against the ankle, it measures and analyses body composition using bio-impedance to gauge muscle mass, hydration levels, body fat, and bone mineral content (which is a feature that will appeal to seniors). An overall wellness score is calculated, but the MyBiody app also enables the health-conscious to view their data in more detail via a graphically pleasing interface.
Overall it looks like a well designed product, and due to the larger form factor, we'd expect it to be much more accurate compared to small-form devices that are designed to be worn. One drawback is the MyBiody Balance's inability to gather activity data. It would be good, therefore, if tracking data collected from popular devices such a FitBit, Jawbone, Basis, and MisFit could be uploaded to the app and combined with the data obtained by the MyBiody Balance.
No word yet on price and availability, so watch this space.
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