Thursday, 21 November 2013

What lies beneath: Skulpt looks below your skin

Here's something to file under W for Weird.

Skulpt is a crowdfunded project to launch a monitor that will enable you to measure the fat percentage and relative muscle quality of whatever it's placed on.

It's intriguing not because it would be very useful for me - I certainly don't have upper body muscles - but it's certainly interesting in terms of how people are looking to use this new generation of self-measuring technology.

The creators say that using it to measure your four main muscle groups - biceps, triceps, abs and thigh - will provide a good estimate of overall body composition.

As you can see below, it provides score (called MQ), which like IQ is based around 100 as a general average.

Of course, this being a crowdfunded project - on the IndieGoGo website - it requires upfront payment in order to become reality.

At time of writing, Skulpt has raised around a quarter of its required $100,000, although it has plenty of time to go. The project shuts on 12 January 2014.

If you're interested, you can get in early, with the first 100 backerspaying $99 (plus P&P of $25 outside North America) instead of the RRP of $199.

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