Withings’ latest smart scale features an ‘eyes closed’ mode

Even if your goal is to lose weight, the number on the scale isn’t always the best measure of progress. In that vein, Withings’ new Body Smart scale is adding an “eyes closed” mode. Instead of displaying your weight, the scale will instead show encouraging messages or metrics like step count, air quality, and the weather. It might seem odd to exclude weight on a scale, but it’s a helpful feature for folks who want to track their health but may have a history of disordered eating, are easily discouraged, or want to focus on other measures of progress like muscle gain. Or you could merely want to keep your weight private and viewable only within the app. Withings’ implementation is a bit broader in scope, as it doesn’t necessarily have to be tied to any weight loss goal. Withings already has a number of smart scales, including the entry-level Body, the $199.95 Body Comp, and the $399.95 Body Scan. Price and feature-wise, the new Body Smart sits on the more affordable end at $99.95. It can track heart rate and uses bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) to determine body composition.