This smart mirror scanned our (nearly) naked bodies, left our insecurities bare
Take your clothes off, step onto the scale and spin for the cameras.
That's the pitch for the Naked Labs Body Scanner, a $1,400 smart mirror and scale available right now.
Along with measuring your weight and body fat Percentage.
The 3D depth-sensing camera has an Intel processor in the mirror capture your physical form from every angle, which lets you scrutinize your love handles on your phone or compare them with last month's scan.
Now maybe that all sounds terrifying but it's right in line with where today's data-driven smart home seems to be headed.
And as our team tested the scanner out here at the CNET smart home, we came away with some strikingly different conclusions.
So the naked mirror I'm not gonna lie, it broke my spirit a little bit.
When I stepped on it the first time I thought I felt pretty good about my body and My self image, but when I stood on the scale and let the mirror and take all these 3D renderings of me, and then saw myself looking like a big pile of mercury, I could see every lump and bump.
And that was distressing.
It's one thing to look in a static mirror when you're at home and check out your **** in the mirror and see how it looks In those jeans but it's another thing to have this very intimate portrait of yourself in your pocket.
So I probably wouldn't pay for the Naked Mirror, but I actually kind of appreciate it.
I've been trying to eat better and work out and get in better shape, and when I first started to do that, an ordinary scale was showing me progress.
I was losing weight.
But after a few months of that I stopped losing weight and then it was tough to see if what I was doing was having any effect.
The naked mirror gives you those kind of details, you're able to see the body image, you're able to see your fat percentage.
You're able to see this stuff that could point to the fact that Okay, no, the pounds aren't coming off like they used to, but you're getting a little bit more tone.
The fat percentage is going down.
Or no, no, you really are plateauing in every way, so you need to work out a little more.
A bit more, I think it could be helpful and I'd use it if it was around, though I'm not super sure it's worth the money.
For what it's worth, the scanner work is advertised, giving all this precise accurate measurements and frighteningly realistic scans with only the occasional Bluetooth glitch.
Naked Labs stores your sensitive data in the cloud encrypted and decoupled from identifiable personal data, of course.
Even the faces are a bit blurry to help reassure that no one could identify you if that cloud ever spring a leak.
Now I doubt that that's enough for some folks to feel comfortable with this This thing, but I also see lots of potential.
Naked labs wants to let you think your scans with personal trainers, medical professionals, and even clothing manufacturers to help put that personal data to use.
It's a tall order but if the company can establish trust with consumers, I can see people buying in.
Still, it's very early and very expensive.
At $1,400, the price will undoubtedly need to come down in order for this tech to make its way into the mainstream.
But as much as people obsess over fitness and physique, this is a category and a company worth keeping an eye on.
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