Looking in the mirror or stepping on a scale can tell us much about our bodies and wellbeing, but not with the greatest precision.
Now, a Sydney, Australia-based company called mPort is bringing its mPod body scanners to gyms and malls in the U.S ., where they think users will be interested in get granular data about their bodies.
The mPod, which looks like a large photo booth or a small, modular changing room, requires users to step inside, lock the door and strip down to their lingerie for a full body scan with infrared sensors.
A basic scan is free and use of the mPods is unlimited. Premium users who pay$ 5 a month or $40 per year can get a much more detailed report from each scan via the companys apps.
A single, 7-second scan in an mPod generates a detailed avatar that a user can analyze from all slants along with some basic data including height, weight and body mass index.
A premium scan gives users a comparing of body scans over day, and details like body fat composition, hip to waist ratio, and many other measurings that indicate physical fitness or a lack of it.
All together, mPort CEO Dipra Ray said the mPod meets 200,000 data points about a users body to construct a scan and measurements shown in the app.
People like the mPods, Ray said, because Its like a changing room experience. Its private and comfy. That experience compares to going to a personal fitness trainer who may employ everything from scales and measuring videotapes to calipers to generate a similar report.
The mPod app lets users see whether or how their bodies are changing over period as “theyre trying” different approaches to fitness.
MPods are already installed in shopping centers and gyms in Australia, where 85,000 people have already gotten scanned, Ray said.
But mPortnow has a new deal to distribute and maintain its mPods at L.A. Fitness gyms across the U.S.
Besides giving users data that could influence their dietary options and fitness routines, Ray said the mPods are gathering data that could prove incredibly useful in helping users shop forcustom-tailored garment online, or just avoid ordering items they afterward need to return due to improper fit.