Withings offers many amazing medical devices to quantify your health, from scales to blood pressure measurements to fitness trackers. But they’re taking that kind of health monitoring to a whole new level of dedication with the Withings U-Scan, which functions as basically a connected home urine lab.
There is no argument that urine is important for health monitoring. Your doctor doesn’t make you pee in a cup just to entertain themselves (mostly).
Withings says there are over 300 metabolites in urine, allowing the U-Scan device to measure hydration, nutrition, and fertility cycles.
The Withings U-Scan is just a small rechargeable device that sits inside the toilet bowl. There’s a small inlet to capture urine, and once it detects a sample, it runs an analysis via an optical module.
The device then gets cleaned after the toilet is flushed, and it can detect the difference between urine and water.
There are cartridges inside the U-Scan that are used once per scan. Withings says the cartridge is designed to last around three months of readings. They also point out that making the system modular means they can add more tests by just changing the cartridge, which is a neat way to keep it up to date with ever-changing medical science.
You can sync the U-Scan to the Withings app and use the data to plan and track your cycle or nutrition, depending on which cartridge you’re using. It will check your ketones (helpful if you’re keto), recommend workouts, and even make dietary suggestions.
The Withings U-Scan starts at €499.95 in Europe, with pricing and availability for the USA coming once the FDA approval process is completed.