Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
Smart Devices for Home and Life
Pretty much every electronic device I've purchased over the last year has been either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capable. If someone rings the doorbell while I am out of town, I greet them using my smartphone. Then, because I always worry about leaving my cat alone, I can direct my robotic vacuum—it is equipped with front-mounted cameras—to search for her. Velvet despises this, but I do get a kick out of watching my precocious feline hiss at the robotic busybody.
In this article, I review the Arboleaf CS20A Body Composition Scale. It is equipped with both Bluetooth and Wi-fi, and each time I weigh myself it sends the results to an application loaded onto my phone. I've set up an additional feature allowing this information to be shared with Google Fit.
Google Fit is also fed information from my smartwatch, which faithfully records each step I take during my morning walk. Many modern fitness watches are also capable of monitoring pulse rate and blood pressure.
Within the next couple of years, I plan to purchase a scanning device and mount it below my kitchen cupboard. Then, when I select a can of Pringles for lunch, the scanner program will calculate how many cans remain and, if the supply is low, suggest I order another case.
Eventually, as the associated software programs become more sophisticated, this information will also be relayed to a master application such as Google Fit. In this particular situation, the application will note that my BMI is already too high and suggest I switch to fresh strawberries for lunch. It will also automatically adjust my exercise program to account for the additional fat content provided by the potato chips.
We're not there yet but, once the required software is written, our devices will be able to work together in a manner that helps us effectively improve our health. They can already communicate with each other and share information. That is the first big step.
The Arboleaf CS20A weighs in at 4.06 pounds. It is 12.2 inches wide, 12.2 inches deep, and 1 inch thick.
This scale's upper deck is covered with tempered glass and includes four conductive pads. An LCD panel provides weight and body composition information.
The bottom section, which includes a battery compartment and four self-leveling feet, is composed of white plastic.
This unit ships with four AAA batteries and a user's guide.
- Manufacturer: Arboleaf
- Name: Body Composition Scale
- Model: CS20A
- Weight Capacity: 180 kilograms (396 pounds)
- Graduation: 0.05 kilogram (0.2 pounds)
- Weight units: Pound, kilogram, and stone
- Platform composition: Tempered glass
- Power source: four 1.5V AAA batteries
- Connectivity: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
- Dimensions: 310 x 310 x 25 millimeters (12.2 x 12.2 x 1 inch)
- Weight: 1.84 kilograms (4.06 pounds)
- Multiple users: Up to eight
- Application: Arboleaf
- Fitness App compatibility: Google Fit, Apple Health, and Fitbit
Arboleaf Corporation is a privately held company in Plano, Texas. They design and market body composition scales.
Body composition scales use bioelectrical impedance, sending a safe and minimal electrical current up one leg and down the other.
Electrical current flows more quickly through water and muscle than bone or fat. A smart scale records the current flow and, using a mathematical formula, estimates body fat. This result, combined with the user's weight and height, are utilized to determine other aspects of the user's body composition.
There are more accurate methods of measuring the various components of body composition, but they tend to be invasive, time-consuming, and expensive. The intent behind a device of this type is to provide a basic baseline measurement. Then, over time, the user can monitor changes. Adjustments in eating habits or exercise levels will, for example, be reflected in body fat and muscle mass reports. This feedback can be beneficial.
How to Set Up and Operate
Once the Arboleaf application has been installed and the scale paired with a smartphone, the Bluetooth setup is complete. To avoid having to open the Arboleaf application each time I weigh myself, I also configured the device to work with Wi-Fi.
To activate the scale, step onto it with heels and toes of both feet touching the metal pads. Your feet must be bare and dry.
Weigh yourself at the same time each day and remember that consistency is the key. If you finish off a cup of coffee before mounting the scales one day, but not the next, results will differ.
While current levels are generally not dangerous, those who are pregnant or use internal medical devices such as pacemakers should avoid bioelectrical impedance devices.
14 Body Composition Components
The Arboleaf scale provides information on 14 different body composition components. A brief description of each is listed below.
- Weight: Calculated in either kilograms, pounds, or stones.
- Body Mass Index (BMI): Measurement of body fat based on height and weight.
- Body Fat: Amount of fat in your body, compared to everything else.
- Visceral Fat: Type of body fat that's stored within the abdominal cavity.
- Muscle Mass: Also known as lean body mass. This figure includes everything except for the fat beneath the surface of your skin.
- Body Water: Amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75% and is dependent upon age and hydration level.
- Bone Mass: Amount of bone tissue in your skeleton will continue to grow until you reach your late twenties. On average, bone mass is 7% of your total weight.
- Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): Average daily amount of energy (calories) used by a body when it is at rest.
- Metabolic Age: Comparison between an individual's basal metabolic rate against the average BMR for a particular age.
- Body Type: The three main body types are ectomorph (long and lean), endomorph (big with high body fat), and mesomorph (muscular and well built).
- Subcutaneous Fat: This refers to the fat stored beneath the skin. It's the fat that you can squeeze or pinch on your arms, belly, thighs, and buttocks.
- Fat-Free Body Weight: Also known as lean body mass, includes all body components except for fat.
- Skeletal Muscle: The muscles that can be grown and developed through exercise.
- Protein: A reflection of the protein contained in your body's muscles.
The scale calculated my weight accurately, and the results were consistent when I repeated the test.
Once installed, the Arboleaf application correctly recorded information received from the scale. It was able to connect and provide Google Fit with a daily update of my weight. The application provided an array of useful graphs and figures pertaining to my body's composition.
This device's Bluetooth connector worked well. I, however, regularly connect via Wi-Fi, which does not require the Arboleaf application to be open.
This smart scale is a well-designed device that can connect to a smartphone either by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The Arboleaf application records weight and establishes a baseline reading of numerous other aspects of body composition. As you adjust your eating habits and exercise, the application provides a record of your progressively improving health. I recommend the Arboleaf CS20A Smart Scale.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Walter Shillington
Katty Perth on August 05, 2020:
Looks so good , will buy one for my father as a birthday gift.
Milos on August 05, 2020:
Looks impressive!! Placed an order already
Klee on August 05, 2020:
Already ordered one! Can't wait to use it!