Digital scales are a dime a dozen. Digital scales with the ability to connect wirelessly to the internet to monitor/share your ups and down, a little less so, but still common enough. So why do we think the FitBit Aria might tip the scale in its favor against the competition? It's all about what happens after you step onto the scale...
The clip-on, wear everywhere, FitBit Ultra has been helping users keep tabs on all their physical activity analytics since 2009 with a cheery user interface we think puts competitors like Nike+ to shame. And although they've tweaked the FitBit and features here and there (most notably with the release of their free iPhone app), they've basically kept the FitBit experience pretty much the same.
FitBit devotees may be pleased to read the monitoring system will soon be supplemented with a complementary addition: the FitBit Aria. A tempered glass platform (available in black or white) with a simple porthole backlit display, the scale itself shares only a modest amount of information: weight and body fat.
The magic happens wirelessly, with the Aria recognizing up to 8 different users, sending data automatically to each person's FitBit dashboard page (and iPhone app) where progress...or lack thereof...can be inspected, scrutinized and maybe ignored. Even if ignored, the scale's monitoring is meant to aid in seeing "the big picture". But, no, the Aria doesn't interact with the FitBit Ultra tracker device at all, a missed opportunity perhaps. And, "yes", you can control who can see your information, including sharing via Facebook and Twitter if you're courageous/committed to do so.
Even the packaging earns a thumbs up, ready for Apple Stores and Target shelves any day now.
All in all, the stylish industrial design, friendly-fun dashboard UI, simple to use multi-user weigh-in recognition, and iPhone app tracking as a whole package make the numbers game according to the FitBit Aria probably the best in the category.
The Fitbit Aria is pegged for Spring 2012 availability, with pre-orders being accepted for $129.95 (free shipping).