Withings is now Nokia, announces new connected scale, the Body Cardio will measure cardiovascular health

Withings is now Nokia, announces new connected scale, the Body Cardio will measure cardiovascular health
A couple months ago, Nokia announced its intention to buy Withings, the France-based maker of digital health products. That deal closed ahead of schedule a little over a week ago, and the combined entity opened new offices in San Francisco a few days ago.

The company has been on the move, we got to check out Withings’ latest activity tracker, the Withings Go, earlier this year at CES. Last year, we did a full review of their impressively simple Activité connected watch.

Believe it or not however, Withings’ first connected products were scales. Now that the product line as expanded to cover most areas of activity, fitness tracking and health monitoring, the company just launched a new generation of connected scale, the Body Cardio.

The Body Cardio can obviously weigh you, and like some other “smart” scales, can calculate body-mass (BMI), water weight, and bone composition. Withings says the Body Cardio redefines the connected scale category because it also measures heart rate, and then, even takes that one step further.

The Body Cardio can also gauge cardio vascular health via pulse wave velocity (PWV) measurements. This basically tracks how fast your heart is pushing blood through your body’s circulatory system. By integrating other activity tracking with the Withings Health Mate app, you can see if conditions are tracking toward potential cardio vascular problems, like hypertension.

That may seem like a small feature, but cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death around the world, and many incidents are preventable. PWV is an established method used by medical professionals to examine cardiac health.

PWV works by monitoring the speed at which heartbeat-generated vibrations spread out along the arterial wall. A high PWV measurement could be an indicator of high-blood pressure or stiffening arteries.

Like all of Withings connected devices, the Body Cardio communicates with the Health Mate app (iOS and Android) which aggregates, tracks your progress, integrates, updates, and coaches you to achieve certain goals for sleep, physical activity, blood pressure, weight, and more. Another nice benefit with the Body Cardio is that you will only have to recharge it about once a year.

The Withings Body Cardio scale is available in black or white, and is currently sold exclusively at Apple Stores (the scale will work with the Android app) worldwide, or via Withings.com for $179.95. Other retailers will be added throughout the summer.

Download the Withings Health Mate app for iOS | Android


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10 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

So Nokia is now working on differing their Andorid experience from other Android OEMs.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Nokia can do more thn that anytime, anyday!!

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Nokia can do more thn that anytime, anyday!!

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Patiently waiting for Nokia to enter android world. I think they have good chance there if they come with common sense. (don't care for those negative minded group who is claiming Android market is too fragmented Nokia doesn't even hold a chance; I believe Nokia do have a chance there. Let future decide.)

5. Loveneesh

Posts: 424; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Totally agreed.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 1993; Member since: May 26, 2011

Is this any quicker than Body Analyzer? I assume this is the replacement for that scale

7. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Just waiting for NOKIA to comeback with android and give some hard times to others. Specially their brilliant cameras.

8. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Sounds pretty awesome, but $200 I don't know. You either hate yourself or love yourself, can't tell.

9. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Nokia scale "is currently sold exclusively at Apple Stores" How ironic is that !?

10. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Only If they not too arrogant, they'd be still top in the phone markets till now, not Samsung.

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