Wii Fit Board Scales Hack

My home weighing scales are my worst enemy. For starters, I tend to get on them too much. Secondly, they were only cheap scales, bought a few years ago and have always been temperamental and vary in difference to the scales at Slimming World all the time. This makes them difficult to believe.

I know I shouldn’t weigh at home, but it is tempting to jump on the scales, just to see how I am getting on during the week.

So, i’ve thought about getting new scales that would hopefully be more reliable and accurate. In typical gadget minded style, I’ve considered buying the Withings Body Analyzer. It hooks up to your ipad / ipod / iphone etc and measures several things such as weight, fat %, heart rate even CO2 levels in the room. However, at £129, I think that is rather excessive for a scale. So, I got thinking.

I have a Wii Fit board, which like many others’, is gathering dust. I also have the Wii, but don’t want the effort of connecting it back up to the TV and having to wait for it to boot etc every time I want to use it to weigh (I am hoping it would be more reliable than my scales).

A brief bit of searching online brought up a great piece of software for Mac called WiiScale . I haven’t found anything for PC yet.

Its a great little app, easy to set up. Pairs effortlessly with the Wii Board and looks like the weight measurement is fairly accurate. You can set up multiple users, and based on weight, it will automatically detect which user is standing on the scale. You can tap in additional details such as height so that it calculates BMI.

It saves your weight in a spreadsheet and you can also set it up to tweet the result (if you want to do that!!)

Sorted!

Mega #OCTEL

Well, as planned, I have made a good start on OCTEL. I’m currently heading towards London via the M4 on Megabus. Enjoying the fact that I have the time to leisurely browse, take part in discussion and ponder the first weeks’ tasks. I’ll wait to watch the webinar, as my data limit is getting close to the max and tomorrow is billing reset day 😉

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Cab technology

As some one who is immersed in how technology can enhance learning, working in the FE sector and it’s focus on vocational educational and sector skills, I am always interested in the technology used by people in their work.

Today i took a cab from home to the railway station in Bridgend and was intrigued by a great looking piece of kit called Autocab, which the driver was more than happy to explain how it helps.

It looks like a chunky SatNav – but this is much more. What sparked my interest was a screen that showed all the major areas of Bridgend and the number of cabs in each area. So, the driver can see there was one other cab already at Bridgend station and two waiting near the shops in Cefn Glas. He knows that if he stays at Bridgend station, he will be second in line for pick ups, so the drivers use this to spread themselves out and pick up more work .They also get a bookings list that they can then allocate. Even live train and flight times are accessible. I was really impressed, particularly when told they can hook their phone up and get live job updates if they leave the cab for some reason.