Apr 23, 2012 -
Tracking the minutia of your body composition becomes a sort of game with the Aria Wi-Fi scale, egged on by Fitbit's quirky badges, goals, and the ability to expose your data to friends and strangers alike on a variety of social media platforms. While the Aria scale can be used separately from the $99.95 Fitbit Ultra fitness and sleep tracker, combined they provide an unparalleled view into your overall fitness level that could motivate some to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. It certainly works for me.
There's something oddly motivational about seeing my sleep patterns and food intake mapped against the caloric expenditures (captured by my Fitbit Ultra) and body composition (measured by the Aria). It motivates me to get off the couch and merrily climb stairs or walk to the market — activities I might otherwise avoid or moan about. While I don't share my data publicly, I still feel an insecure desire to impress those Fitbit graphs incessantly judging my body from behind their liquid crystal gaze.
Priced at $129.95, only the morbidly self-obsessed or those under direct doctor's order would consider Aria a bargain. It does cost $30 less than the nearly identical Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale first introduced in 2009, but more than twice as much as standalone scales offering similar body composition measurements. That's not to say it's not worth the price, it's just not a decision you should make without understanding how you'll incorporate the Fitbit ecosystem into your own life.