Personal scales: a look back at Medica 2012

With over 4,500 exhibitors, MEDICA in Düsseldorf (Germany) is the world’s leading medical trade fair. I managed to visit the following stands last year to have a look at the newest personal scales (aka bathroom scales, bedside scales, medical scales):

A&D Medical

A&D exhibited their new line of NFC-enabled products:

  • UC-324NFC personal scale
  • UA-767NFC blood pressure monitor
  • UW-101NFC activity monitor

You can see them in action in the following video, which was also showing at the booth:

I used my HTC One X smartphone to download A&D’s Wellness Connected app, weighed myself and then transferred the weight by just holding the phone close to the scale. It doesn’t get any easier. With NFC, there’s no need to configure a WLAN or Bluetooth connection for your smart scale, just tap and go. Other than storing the weight on your smartphone, the app also gives you the option to upload it to Microsoft’s HealtVault, turning it into a veritable internet scale (without additional costs or subscription fees).

A&D medical’s new NFC products are already available in the UK from A&D’s wellness connected Webshop and from other shops such as:

The devices are being introduced to the German market this week at the CEBIT trade fair. German customers will be able to buy them from our German scales shop in just a few days. Update March 6: A&D’s UC-324NFC precision personal scale as well as the UA-767NFC blood pressure monitor and UW-101 activity monitor are now available in our German scales shop.

A&D’s MEDICA 2012 report can be downloaded here (PDF).

Seca

Wireless communication was one of the main topics at Seca, too. Weight and height can easily be transferred to an indicator, printer or computer with seca 360° wireless technology. Other topics were the Seca mBCA (medical Body Composition Analyzer) and Seca’s analytics 115 software.

Kern

While Kern’s complete catalogue is approaching phonebook dimensions, the stand at Medica stood out by it’s clear simplicity and focus on just a few products. The most interesting ones are the the new MPC, MPD and MPE series of verified medical scales (which are replacing the MPP series):
Kern MPD 250K100M medical scale

With list prices currently starting at 246,- EUR (+46,- EUR verification costs + shipping) for the MPD (shown above), GPs who still use unverified cheap bathroom scales have no more excuses!

The scales might not look as nice as Soehnle Professional’s “Vemano” design series and they don’t have any wireless communication capabilities, but then again, they start at 246,- EUR. Fierce competition between Kern dealers could lead to even lower market prices.

Other products shown were a new baby scale and wheelchair scale.

Adam Equipment

Unlike other companies, Adam Equipment traditionally shows a larger variety of scales at Medica, including precision scales for lab use. Some scales like the PGW and PGL series really have to be seen up close and personal to be fully appreciated. A picture without size references doesn’t do justice to the enormous display, so here’s me holding my not-too-tiny hand close to it:

My hand close to the giant display of Adam's PGW precision scale

This picture was actually taken at ACHEMA. I promise to take more and better pictures at future trade fairs.

Among the medical scales, the new MUW 300L with integrated ultrasonic height measurement and BMI calculation stood out by it’s shear size. I was, however, assured that it can easily be disassembled for shipping. Here’s a photo of one of Adam Equipment’s friendly employees standing on the MUW 300L with me standing on the floor:

MUW 300L at Adam Equipments stand at Medica 2012

Suitable for people up to 210cm tall.

Other scales manufacturers at Medica:

(unfortunately, I only had time for a quick glance at their stands)