January 14, 2015

Track body weight with Motivational Bathroom Scales

Keeping track of one's weight can often be a traumatic or difficult experience, especially when medical advice is that you're a little too heavy. Thus when it comes time to measure your body weight - it can often be a task that is avoided or hated.

However like most things a little motivation goes a long way, and including from your bathroom scales. With this in mind, Instructables member 10DotMatrix has used a Raspberry Pi, external circuitry and hacked some inexpensive digital scales to create a system that can play audio messages when taking your weight and also log the data and much more. 

Furthermore a good explanation of how digital scales work including the load cell is given, making this at least an interesting read. Finally a demonstration of the scales is shown in the following video:

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