Tech company Withings has announced that it will be launching its internet-connected baby and toddler scale - called the Withings Smart Baby Scale - at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. Where else?
Fitted with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, it is described as "the next evolution in home baby and toddler weight tracking", and supposedly combines, "cutting edge technology and exquisite design to create a scale that will give parents all over the world a very simple to use and extremely accurate way to monitor, understand and share their child’s growth".
The company behind the new baby scale has previous when it comes to weight monitoring as it already makes a Wi-Fi scale for adults. This fixation with monitoring everything can go either way, as any benefits to physical health could well be undermined by the onset of paranoia and obsessive compulsive disorders* brought on by the habit of constantly checking and comparing your baby's weight.
However, Cédric Hutchings, Withings co-founder seemed quite upbeat about the whole thing, saying: “We are very excited to announce our Smart Baby Scale and offer parents an amazing new way to take care of their newborn or young child. The success of our WiFi Body Scale has proven the benefits of connected weight tracking on adults and we were eager to also bring these benefits to babies and children."
As well as weighing your baby, the scales can be hooked up to the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor, which will add another thing to check and worry about.
Needless to say all this info can be shared online through the WiScale app which links to both Facebook and Twitter. Weighing infants is clearly an important aspect of keeping check on development and regular weighing appointments are usually arranged as a matter of course, so we don't really see the point of this other than a way to bombard more of your Facebook friends with data about your new-born.
The weird and not-very-wonderful Withings Smart Baby Scale will be available in Q2 2012.
*Withings Smart Baby Scale may not actually cause paranoia and obsessive compulsive disorders.