Body Composition Analysis
Have you ever wished you could provide feedback for a product under development? If you are attending CSUN this year, you will have just such an opportunity.
HIMS, now SELVAS Healthcare, has developed an accessible body composition analyzer with TtS, and the ability to emboss the result sheet in braille.
The product is currently not for sale, and is meant mostly for hospitals and fitness centers, but SELVAS Healthcare would like feedback from people who have a genuine interest in the product.
In preparation for this post, I corresponded via email with Jenny Axler, who explains the product better than I could:
“Body Composition Analysis allows a person to evaluate one’s health in terms of the amounts of various substances found in the body, including fats, muscle mass, proteins and water by running a low level electrical current through the body. Analysis of these levels can determine the general health of a person, and provide early indicators of possible issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.
“At cSUN, we will be showing an accessible version of our standard Body composition Analyzer, with a Braille keypad instead of the touch screen, and full access via voice prompts. The result sheet can then be embossed in Braille for the user to take with them.
“It does require you to take off your shoes and socks, and stand directly on the device platform. There are smooth surfaces where the foot electrodes are placed.”
Then, there are two cylindrical hand electrodes you hold. They remind me of bicycle handle bars that have been removed from the bicycle.
“Although we talk about electrodes, there are no wires, no shocks, nothing like that. Most people don’t even feel it at all. Still, pregnant women shouldn’t use this device, nor should people with pace makers, etc. It does run a low level electric current through your body.
“Before it measures anything, you are asked to enter some basic information, height, gender, etc.
“As far as what it announces, it guides you through the entry process, all done via a number pad, it weighs you, then asks you to get in to position and hold the hand electrodes, then it measures the body composition.
“then, when finished, it gives you the option to read the results aloud or not. So, if someone does not wish for the world to know, they don’t have to have them announced.
“For example, it says something like “Press 1 to read the results aloud, press 2 to exit, press the print button to print the result sheet.
“The result sheet shows all text, rather than the usual graphics of the printed result sheet..”
To learn more, please visit SELVAS Healthcare in Booth 705 during CSUN. Also, they plan to include additional information on their website in the near future.