November 11, 2009
Posted: 12:29 PM ET
A new WiFi-enabled scale from Withings encourages users to lose weight by sharing their body weight, lean & fat mass, and calculated body mass index (BMI) on Twitter.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/11/wifi.scale.2.jpg caption="WiFi scale shares results with Twitter."] Personal metrics have been shown to help people reach their fitness goals. And Wired.com recognizes new devices like the Nike+ can get people moving.
But will sharing embarrassing weight-fluctuation info help dieters in the same way fitness data has encouraged runners?
A press release from Withings confirms that the scale will not share your information without your consent. "By default, the Twitter feature will not be activated when you purchase your scale ... Only the users that enable this feature will benefit from the online peer motivation."
Engadget is not impressed with the scale's social abilities:
What do you think? Would you be willing to share your weight-loss struggle with the Twitterverse if it could inspire you to become the next Biggest Loser? Or is this one Fail Whale you would prefer to keep private?
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