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We tried scales that help monitor health.

Have you noticed how the popularity of healthy has grownlifestyle over the last couple of years? It is difficult to say exactly what exactly this is connected with, but many have realized that they need to monitor their body. As a rule, each uses his own tools on the way to the goal: someone puts calories in a mobile application, the other spends every evening in the hall. But so that the process of tracking your progress is no less technological, you can use smart scales.

These scales do not just weigh, they analyze the state of the body

One of the first smart scales released startupPicooc. Between each other, the models differ in size, design and type of connection (you can learn more about the differences here). Otherwise, all models measure the same number of indicators and save them in a free application. For example, if the Picooc Mini connects to the smartphone only via Bluetooth, and the S3 Lite via Wi-Fi, then the Picooc S3 has support for both interfaces. We’ll talk about these scales today, because this is the real flagship of the line.

All scales come in a stylish box.

Of course, the “smart” features of the S3 model are notlimited only to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In addition to the fact that these scales show weight, they also monitor the health of the body as a whole, for which they analyze fluctuations in body composition and weight. During each measurement, as many as 12 indicators are read:

  • Weight
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Total fat tissue percentage
  • Visceral Fat Percentage
  • Protein content
  • Basal metabolism
  • Muscle mass
  • Bone mass
  • Body water content
  • Body type
  • Skeletal muscle mass
  • Metabolic age

The sensor is so sensitive that it noticeseven the most minor changes that have occurred in your body. Therefore, it is precisely the Picooc scales that provide an exhaustive report on the state of the body. No wonder researchers from the University of Chicago, as well as experts in nutrition, participated in the creation of the scales.

Ultraprecise sensors are installed in the scales (compared to other smart and diagnostic scales)

How smart scales work

No wires and long measurements - forreceiving all the data is enough to stand on the balance for several seconds. When you get up on them, an imperceptible discharge of current is passed through the body, which reads all the necessary indicators. It is necessary to weigh barefoot, since shoes or socks simply will not pierce such a discharge. This measurement method is known as the bioimpedance method - using special sensors, the scales analyze the body composition by the resistance of body tissues. The electrical resistance of the lower body is measured, because the current goes along the shortest path. Therefore, significant deviations from the average parameters in the upper body can lead to low measurement accuracy. First of all, this assumption applies to athletes with highly developed muscles. This is a feature of the format of application of the method in the form factor of household weights. However, according to the manufacturer, Picooc is working on improving algorithms for such a group of users. The application has a beta version for athletes. Recommendations for its use can be found in the appendix.

Top panel made of tempered glass

Batteries included

Since we are dealing with a small butstill charging electricity, these scales can not be used by people with pacemakers. And pregnant women need to consult a doctor before use, since during pregnancy the composition and proportions of the body change significantly, only the weight in the application will be correctly displayed.

It is important to understand that household scales (even smart ones) are notare a medical device and cannot claim absolute medical accuracy. However, they are excellent for tracking trends in measured body parameters.

The advantage of Picooc scales is not only infunctionality, but also taking into account the race characteristics of the physique (you need to choose your race when registering), as well as in tracking additional parameters in the application: waist, hips, etc. You can no longer write to a notebook or notes - all measurements will be in one place. A convenient mobile application will help to set a goal to reduce or gain weight, give recommendations on how to achieve them, and provide a detailed and understandable analysis of body condition in Russian.

All information is in the mobile application.

Yes, according to the degree of “intelligence”, the scales and the application,available for both iOS and Android, they can compete. All received data is sent to the Picooc mobile application. On the main screen of the application, you can see information about each measurement. It consists of weight and percentage of body fat. Based on the weighing results, points are set in the program based on all measured indicators. To get access to detailed information, just select any measurement. The indicators are grouped by hazard degree, so it is not necessary to immediately contact a doctor to make a decryption. The application is synchronized with the ecosystems of the "health" of Apple and Google, and also has end-to-end synchronization with other applications where you need to enter data about your weight.

Information clearly presented by indicators

Summary of all indicators fora specific time period can be found in the Trend section. It is enough to choose the time interval of interest to get access to the charts, according to which you can track your progress. For example, we can conclude that although in a few months the weight has slightly increased, the fat content has become smaller, which means that muscle mass is growing.

Conveniently, the application supports an unlimited number of users, that is, it can weigh both the owner and relatives. The main thing is not to forget to choose the right user.
Alternatively, everyone can download the application to a smartphone and not show their results to other family members.

Weight gain does not always mean increased fat

The “Analyze” section helps in more detail.immerse yourself in the measurement results. For example, you set a goal, and you can track it every week. Plus, the application gives different tips on how to improve your performance - I should now control calorie intake.

The application provides many analytics tools

What Picooc scales really help isTrack your workout progress. By providing detailed analytics by indicators, you can find out, for example, how much the number of muscles has increased - if it has remained unchanged, perhaps the type of exercise should be changed. But of course, one should not forget about the diet.

Our editorial office has long had the S3 model - foraccount support for multiple users, everyone can weigh themselves and find out their body indicators. These are optimal scales both in the size of the platform (there are a lot of places in the office) and the size of the legs - it fits up to size 50. But at home, many have Mini: for a small bathroom it is the most (26x26x2 cm versus 33 × 33 × 2.4 cm for Picooc S3), the size of the legs is up to 45, and they weigh a little.

Where to buy smart scales?

Now the best thing is to start preparing for the summer (andholidays on the nose, and many will find this gift useful), so go ahead to the official representative of Picooc in Russia. When ordering, do not forget the promotional code for a 20% discount - HI20, which is valid for the entire range of Picooc smart scales on the manufacturer's website until December 31.