Withings, finest identified for its good scales, watches, and different health-focused client tech, launched a brand new gadget at CES in Las Vegas in the present day. Making a splash in an underserved market, U-Scan goals to assist prospects observe what’s happening of their urine, with out having to fret about catching their wastewater in a cup or messing about with check strips. The machine syncs to the corporate’s ever-expanding Health Mate app and guarantees to provide actionable insights.

The U-scan is designed to be put in in the bathroom bowl, which supplies customers hands-free entry to urine evaluation. While routine in medical settings, Urine is a rarely-tapped alternative for at-home well being monitoring. That might change fairly a bit over the following few years if Withings has its manner. The firm factors out that urine has greater than 3,000 metabolites, giving an instantaneous snapshot of the physique’s steadiness and well being.


“The ability of U-Scan to perform daily urine analysis from home will allow Withings to take its mission to help consumers fully utilize urine data to an entirely new level,” mentioned Mathieu Letombe, Withings CEO at a press convention. “It’s one of the most exciting and complex products we have ever announced. We begin this journey with U-Scan Cycle Sync and Nutri Balance and look forward to announcing more cartridges on an ongoing basis as well as medical applications of the technology.”

The rechargeable U-Scan reader is aware of the distinction between flush water and urine and ensures it collects solely the samples it wants. When in use, urine flows effectively to a group inlet, activating a pump when a thermal sensor detects the presence of urine. The pattern is guided by means of a microfluidic circuit and injected right into a check pod. Here, the response is learn by an optical sensor and reported again to the app. Every subsequent flush of the bathroom cleans the system, resetting it for the following pattern assortment.

In Europe, the U-Scan Nutri Balance app reveals an evaluation of particular gravity, pH, vitamin C and ketone ranges. The mixture of those measurements helps individuals monitor their metabolic consumption to optimize their day by day hydration and vitamins. The ‘actionable’ a part of that’s that the system can suggest exercises, supply dietary recommendations, and recipes, all to assist health-conscious customers obtain their targets. The firm factors out that US performance of Nutri Balance might differ, relying on what the FDA has to say concerning the matter.


The product will make its debut in Europe with dwo totally different well being cartridges geared toward customers. Medically targeted cartridges will observe within the not-too-distant future. The price ticket is €499.95, and contains one U-Scan reader and a cartridge offering 3 months of testing. The first two cartridges which can be changing into out there are Cycle Sync, which is able to assist individuals who have month-to-month cycles observe them, and a Nutri Balance cartridge, which is able to provides an in depth metabolic information for diet and hydration. The firm isn’t certain when the machine might be made out there within the US, as its launch might be relying on FDA clearance.

Incredibly, U-Scan can inform the distinction between numerous customers (and due to this fact assigning the outcomes to the right individual utilizing the machine), by means of it’s amazingly named Stream ID function. Low-energy radar sensors embedded inside the reader measure a number of variables to establish a person’s “urine stream signature”, by detecting the motion and distance of the stream. Stream ID info will be affirmed within the app.

In addition to the consumer-focused product, Withings Health Solutions, the corporate’s business-to-business division serving the healthcare supplier market, is making the expertise out there to companions for analysis functions.

The firm informed TechCrunch it’s planning to make the cartridges out there on a subscription foundation, or on a person foundation.

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