BodyTrace eScale - GSM-enabled Bathroom Scale

September 19, 2010 · 3 comments

Disclaimer: BodyTrace sent me this product sample to review, however I am under no obligation to do so nor to make the review positive. This review reflects my personal opinion about this product.

Weight Loss Bloggers seem to be split when it comes to using a bathroom scale to track their weight loss progress. Some believe it’s important to weigh yourself every single day, others say weekly and still others say you should ignore the scale completely. I don’t know that there is any one answer; I think you need to find what works for you. I know that what worked for me when I was having success was viewing my weight daily on the scale and then recording the weight weekly.

Truthfully, I think I would have preferred to record my weight every day but that involved an extra step that I didn’t think was worth the extra effort. Now however, thanks to the BodyTrace eScale, I no longer have to worry about recording - the scale does that for me!

BodyTrace Scale

Billed as the world’s first GSM-enabled bathroom scale, this simple little device is ingeniously cool. To use it you simply tap your foot on it to wake it up, wait a few seconds for it to signal that it is ready, then step on it to get your weight. The scale very quickly reports your weight to one decimal point precision.

At this point I’m sure you are thinking “ok, so it’s a nice looking glass scale with red digital number read out, what’s so unique?” Well, it’s what happens when you get off the scale that separates this from it’s peers. For a few seconds you will still be viewing your weight, and then the readout will change to something like “d-1″ which is the indicator that your scale is now talking to the GSM phone network, relaying your weight back to BodyTrace headquarters where it is magically* being associated with your personal, secure login. Once you log into their portal you will see your weight progress chart updated with your new weight. How cool is that?

* Arthur C. Clarke postulated as his 3rd law “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” and I would say that fits the BodyTrace eScale. I’ve been a pretty heavy geek since about 1982 but I have to tell you it felt like magic when I unpacked the scale, stepped on it and then saw my weight update on the web.

BodyTrace Portal

When you buy the BodyTrace eScale you are actually signing up for an entire support program, the scale of course being a key component but there is also a portal that is used to record and track goals related to weight as well as dietary intake. And of course everything is 100% private. I could see this being an outstanding thing for personal trainer’s to include in their client’s programs.

For me as a weight loss blogger it’s important that I have a way to show off (hasn’t felt like showing off lately!) my numbers, and again you want this to be simple. That’s where BodyTrace’s unique integration points come into play. Within the portal you can setup the system to automatically update a variety of sites such as Twitter, Daily Burn and skinnyr. My friend Jimmy at skinnyr set me up with an account that can integrate with the BodyTrace eScale that I can post in my sidebar - you’ll see it in the upper right corner of my website. I have one graph that shows my long-term weight trend and then another graph from skinnyr that shows my daily weigh-ins as coming from the BodyTrace eScale. So that chart on my website gets updated by me simply getting on and off the scale. Very nice and easy.

If you are someone who wants to record your weight every day but finds the task a burden then I would highly recommend checking out the BodyTrace eScale. To learn more check out

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suzanne September 19, 2010 at 8:22 am

I love finding new things and that looks like an awesome scale!

South Beach Steve September 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

This sounds too cool!

John September 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I have to get one of these things. I have tried keeping a log in the past but somehow the effort always died out.

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