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!!)



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 😉


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.

Starting #OCTEL

This week, as are many others, I am starting ALT’s OCTEL open learning course. I’ve signed up to a few ‘MOOCS’ in the past and have only got part way through until the dramas of life got in the way. When I was engaging with them, I learned a great deal, so I suppose if one objective of such courses is the flexibility to take what you want from them, then they were a success on a personal level, even though I did not fully complete them in the wider sense.

I signed up to last years’ OCTEL, but work and life got in the way more than ever and the sheer volume of messages flowing through the mailing list felt overwhelming, even for a technology hardcore like myself.

Anyway, this year, the course looks more refined and I am looking forward to completing it entirely. As I signed up for CMALT in February, I am also pleased that it is possible to use this as a vehicle to help achieve it. Double whammy!!

Also, in true TEL style, I intend making a good start tomorrow, on my ipad, as I travel to London on Megabus.


The Great TV Swindle

Well after several months of getting cheesed off with Sky, I decided to take Talk Talk up on their TV offer. I had no plans to move my internet and phone for the foreseeable future so the fact that they were offering me a free YouView TV box and service for agreeing to a minimum term contract seemed like a no brainer. I also had some free power socket networking adapters and £100 cash back paid into my bank account.  I used that to get a new aerial installed.

Anyway, just 4 weeks after our Sky service stopped I had a phone call from them offering me 75% off their usual subscription. So, for just over £20 per month we are getting the full Sky service (usually around £67 per month). This is for 12 months, no minimum contract, cancel at any time, downgrade at anytime  – SWEET. Just in time for the Formula 1 season – and we still have the You View TV box, which will make its way into another room 🙂