Build Your Own Hackable, Weight Tracking, Text Messaging Scale with a Sense of Humor

on April 11 | by

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Are you tired of staring at that stupid, soulless, bearer of bad news bathroom scale every morning? The one that you often say “I hate you” to as if it might hear you and give a damn. Why hasn’t anyone made a scale that is actually fun to use? It is time to create a scale that is not only smart but has a bit more personality to brighten your day. We are going to build our very own hackable, weight tracking, text messaging bathroom scale that comes with a built-in sense of humor.

This is a fun, easy project that combines a Wii balance board, a Raspberry Pi, and an online data analytics platform (https://www.initialstate.com) to create a web-connected scale controlled by a Python script you can hack.

Project level: Beginner
Approximate time to complete: 20 minutes
Fun factor: Immeasurable … seriously, this is really fun

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will:

  • connect a Wii balance board to a Raspberry Pi through bluetooth
  • run a Python script that measures your weight when you step on the balance board
  • use a Raspberry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org) to stream your weight to a cloud service (https://www.initialstate.com)
  • setup a SMS notification every time you weigh yourself
  • build a weight-tracking dashboard you can access in your web browser

This tutorial is part of the series, “Learning How to Build Real IoT Applications” >>

Go to the Hackable, Weight Tracking, Texting Scale Tutorial >>

7 Responses

  1. […] For those fighting the battle of the bulge, the forced discipline of fitness bands and activity tracking software might not be enough motivation. Some who are slimming down need a little gentle encouragement to help you lose weight and keep it off. If that sounds like you, then by all means avoid building this weight-tracking IoT scale with an attitude. […]

  2. […] For those fighting the battle of the bulge, the forced discipline of fitness bands and activity tracking software might not be enough motivation. Some who are slimming down need a little gentle encouragement to help you lose weight and keep it off. If that sounds like you, then by all means avoid building this weight-tracking IoT scale with an attitude. […]

  3. […] For those fighting the battle of the bulge, the forced discipline of fitness bands and activity tracking software might not be enough motivation. Some who are slimming down need a little gentle encouragement to help you lose weight and keep it off. If that sounds like you, then by all means avoid building this weight-tracking IoT scale with an attitude. […]

  4. […] For those fighting the battle of the bulge, the forced discipline of fitness bands and activity tracking software might not be enough motivation. Some who are slimming down need a little gentle encouragement to help you lose weight and keep it off. If that sounds like you, then by all means avoid building this weight-tracking IoT scale with an attitude. […]

  5. […] If you’re thinking of cool things to add to your Fitbit dashboard then consider this Raspberry Pi Smart Scale: http://blog.initialstate.com/build-your-own-hackable-weight-tracking-text-messaging-scale-with-a-sen… […]

  6. Nostalrius says:

    I loved this post. I read your posts fairly often and
    you always do a good job explaining the whatever topic you’re blogging
    about. Btw, I shared this on Twitter and my followers loved it.
    Keep up the great work!

  7. Josh says:

    I want to do an application with a digital scale that measures weight continuously. Imagine someone standing on a scale bouncing up and down while I capture the peaks and troughs. Would this setup allow that or does it only report stable measurements?

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