Withings Body Scale now connected to Panasonic Viera TV
Withings, the company that released its wireless Body Scale to the masses, has now expanded the functionality of the device by letting the Withings application being made available for download on Panasonic’s very own VIERA Connect Market. Originally announced over at the Consumer Electronics Show in January this year, your body scale and TV can now “merge” thanks to the partnership between Withings and Panasonic, letting you access your Withings health dashboard on the Panasonic VIERA Connect-enabled VIERA HDTV display with but a touch of a button. Fancy that, transforming your living room into a virtual gym – albeit sans all the gym equipment.
The Withings WiFi Body Scale is capable of turning an standard bathroom scale into an automatic weight tracking device, being able to work for up to 8 different people. It will be able to record a user’s body weight, lean & fat mass, and calculated body mass index (BMI) onto his/her own secure webpage wirelessly, as well as on the free Withings iPhone application, WiScale, if you so desire. All data on the dashboard is now easily accessible via the VIERA Connect menu page using a single button.
This is all made possible thanks to Panasonic’s VIERA Connect IPTV feature, enabling owners of VIERA ConnectT-enabled 2011 VIERA HDTVs to hook up to the Internet and enjoy content from there directly, relegating the PC to the study room. You need not worry about the VIERA’s collection of applications, as Panasonic is constantly working to expand the range by including video streaming, two-way interactive features from gaming to social networking, and fitness programs.
Panasonic Corporation of North America Vice President Merwan Mereby says, “The introduction of our first VIERA IPTVs in 2008 elevated the television’s place in the home to a whole new level for consumers and changed the way they interact with their TV. Collaborating with cutting edge brands like Withings has enabled us to push that to even greater heights literally making the HDTV the centerpiece for home entertainment, connectivity and now fitness. With the addition of the Withings app to our VIERA Connect Market, your television can now play a key role in your fitness goals right from the comfort of your living room.”