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Android app transforms old Wii Balance Boards into smart scales

If you've got a Wii Balance Board collecting dust in your closet, a free Android app can turn it into a smart scale.

A simple Android app called FitScales promises to breathe new life into Nintendo's Wii Fit Balance Board, letting users track their weight and sync the data to other fitness apps.

FitScales is available for free in Google Play, and it doesn't require any hacking or modification to the Wii Balance Board. All you have to do is sync the Balance Board to your Android device via Bluetooth by pressing the board's red sync button when prompted. After that, just set your weight and height, let the board calibrate, and step on.

Though we haven't been able to give it a full run-through, Paul O'Brien at MoDaCo reports that the app is easy to set up, and provides accurate weight measurements compared to a regular scale.

Users can also connect the app to FitBit or RunKeeper to track their weight within those respective apps. Most scales that work with these apps cost over $100, but you can get a third-party Wii Fit board for about $60. There's a good chance you've got an official Balance Board collecting dust already, considering that Nintendo has sold more than 42 million of the devices worldwide.

Just keep in mind that the FitScales app doesn't work with Android 4.2, due to a change Google made to an essential Bluetooth component.

As long as you're not using your Wii anymore, you might as well repurpose other parts of the aging console. You could, for example, turn a spare Wii Remote into a PC air mouse, or use it as an Android game controller in apps like NES.emu. If you're really feeling adventurous, you could always hack your Wii and install all kinds of applications. Or maybe you just should get some exercise, and make that new smart scale a little less depressing to use.


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