Update 29/03/2013: Corrected an error with the specs – the Fitbit Aria only support the antiquated 802.11b Wi-Fi standard.
I’ve had a steady trickle of new gadgets coming in recently and I was quite stoked to finally receive the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale in the mail after waiting a few months for it to be released.
As the name implies, this set of scales has Wi-Fi built in and is designed to be used with the Fitbit website. Setting up is a fairly straightforward affair with the choice of downloading a Windows or Mac OS X app for configuring the device. You do need to make sure you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the one you intend the Fitbit Aria to join before you kick off the setup though (and this is important if you have multiple Wi-Fi networks at home on different bands). Another thing to note is that the Fitbit Aria does not support 802.11n connectivity, only 802.11b
and 802.11g networks.
Also, if you only have access to a smartphone or your are using an operating system other than Windows or Mac OS X you can use the online setup here
Anyway, the setup is a simple four step process once initiated. I did have to have a few goes pairing my Fitbit Aria with my 802.11g Wi-Fi network but that was after an initial test to see what would happen when trying to connect it to a 2.4GHz 802.11n exclusive network (which failed as expected). If setup does fail, just pull out one of the batteries and pop it back in to activate the setup mode. You also get the chance during setup to link the scale to your Fitbit account, confirm your existing statistics (if you have been tracking them into the site manually) or enter them in if you are starting a new account.
As far as the device goes, it’s pretty simple with a circular LED display large enough for statistics to be displayed and the ability to scroll text if required. Step on to activate the scale, obtain your measurements and once they have all been displayed simply step off. I’ll expand more on how the device works in the preview post and video though.
Anyway, to see what’s in the box and get a quick look at the device check out the unboxing video below and, if you have any questions, make sure you leave a comment!