Slate is the world’s first portable smart scale for nutrition


Who needs the latest diet trends when you have your own personal nutritionist?


The holiday season is fast approaching, which means plenty of sweets and hearty meals. It’s okay though, because you’ll tell yourself that your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Fast forward a few weeks into the New Year, and alas, you’ve already abandoned your plan! Tracking calories and nutrients can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. A Calgary-based team of engineers and a registered dietician has created a solution to your fitness woes.

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Meet Slate, the world’s first smart scale that provides personalized nutritional information like calorie intake, food weight, fats, protein, carbs and other macronutrients you need to track to reach your personal health aspirations. With Slate, you can set up customized goals and targets, and it will recommend what to eat based on a calculated BMI. The startup wanted to bring the same level of accuracy to health and nutrition that exists for fitness trackers.

Using Slate is much simpler than committing to a New Years’ resolution. The smart scale connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth. When you place your food items on the scale, the mobile app (available for both iOS and Android) will deliver an accurate nutritional breakdown from its large food database. Slate boasts that it is designed with its users in mind, so every aspect of the app has been carefully crafted. The app can also track and log in your daily calorie and nutritional intake, offer personal recipes tailored to your calorie goals, scan barcodes on packaged foods, and integrate to your wearables and apps including Apple HealthKit, Fitbit and MyFitnessPal. Not only for the weight watchers, Slate can be a valuable tool for the health conscious, the busy professional, diabetics and even athletes.

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This portable, lightweight scale is just 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 0.6” in size and has the max capacity of 2.2 pounds. What’s more, it can measure in ounces, grams and kilograms. It has a food safe, stainless steel surface as well as tare weight so it will only weigh the food and not the container. Slate is powered by a built-in Li-on battery that’s rechargeable via microUSB.

So, are you read to take control of your health? Head over to Slate’s Indiegogo campaign, where the team is currently seeking $50,000. The first batch of units is projected to be out for delivery by April 2016.

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