For those fighting the battle of the bulge, the forced discipline of fitness bands and activity tracking software might not be enough motivation. Some who are slimming down need a little gentle encouragement to help you lose weight and keep it off. If that sounds like you, then by all means avoid building this weight-tracking IoT scale with an attitude.
Then again, if you live in fear of your scale, [Jamie Bailey]’s version is easy to hate, at least when your numbers are going in the wrong direction. Centered around a second-hand Wii Balance Board talking to a Raspberry Pi via Bluetooth, the scale really only captures your weight and sends it up to InitialState for tracking and feedback. Whether the feedback is in the form of jokes at your expense is, of course, is entirely up to you; if you’d rather get gentle nudges and daily affirmations, just edit a few files. Or if your tastes run more toward “Yo momma so fat” jokes, have at it.
Bathroom scales are a good hacking target, whether it’s reverse engineering a digital scale or eavesdropping on a smart scale. This build is snarky good fun, and if nothing else, it’s good for pranking your roommate. Unless your roommate is your husband or wife, of course. That’s just – no.
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“Bathroom scales are a good hacking target”…agreed. My latest attempt for human measuring gluttony… https://hackaday.io/project/10654-garbage-gauge
// measuring human gluttony. *face palm*
Well, technically you *are* a human measuring gluttony.
I had considered leaving it and presuming to sound poetic by throwing a limp wrist flick in to the air with a nose up and sashaying out of the comment…but alas, I am covered in my own filth. I am the homely hacker, tangled in the vines of the passages of time like fervent fraying of bounded twine in addition to other rhymes…n’ such.
Alternatively, buy a WiiFit board for $15 used and connect to it via bluetooth.
This is exactly what the tutorial suggests.
Ahh yes, the classic leave comments on how you would do it better without ever reading the article
“Centered around a second-hand Wii Balance Board talking to a Raspberry Pi via Bluetooth….”
How you would do it the same….
It’s times like this I’m glad Hackaday comments don’t have an edit function. This is just an amazing lack of self awareness.
When I followed Weight Watchers a number of years ago, they told us to only weigh ourselves once a week. That way we wouldn’t worry about day-to-day fluctuations. My day is Tuesday.
My day is January 1.
Hey, if once a week is better than once a day, then once a year must be 52 times better than once a week, amirite?
Been looking for a new scale as I have recently got into fitness (finally). I was looking for accurate bathroom scales and stumbled across some reviews on http://www.mostaccuratebathroomscale.com I was wondering if you had any experience with any of those scales and if so what do you think? I had been leaning toward the Mosiso – Bluetooth Body Fat Digital Scale.
Thanks for the help
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