RIDM: track real-time changes to body fat percentage, muscle mass & more

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Have you ever wondered how much body fat you have? How about muscle percentage? Sure, you can always opt for a smart scale to get the info but this may not be the best option. Research has shown that accuracy of these body fat measurements should be taken with a grain of salt, as they can be inconsistent and inaccurate at the best of times.

Step in RIDM. This is a pocket-sized device capable of analyzing body composition with accuracy that approaches professional-grade analysis machines. The tiny, circular device fits into the palm of your hand and scans body fat, skeletal muscle mass and body imbalances in seconds.

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The thing actually operates similar to smart scales. It sends a small alternating current through the body to measure total body water and resistance to the passage of the current through your body. From this measurement, body composition can be derived. But unlike your typical smart scale, RIDM uses five different frequencies. This improves accuracy with the ability to gauge both extracellular and intracellular water mass.

There are two different measurement modes to choose from. The first offers a scan that can be done in just 7 seconds. The second is a more precise, segmental mode that measures your body across five cross-sections. It is recommended you do the easy mode daily, and segmental once a week.

Results are sent to the companion app where you can monitor fat loss versus muscle growth, discover body imbalances, optimize workouts, diets and more. Everything also sync to Google Health, iHealth and the Fitbit app.

The little gadget reminds us very much of Skulpt. This is a hand-held device that allows you to measure and track fat and muscle across different areas of your body.

RIDM was developed with the support of LG Electronics. The outfit behind the device says its product has 94% correlation to DECA – the gold standard for body fat testing in clinical trials. This means that it operates to the equivalent of machines costing upwards of $5,000.

With two months left in the Indiegogo campaign the project is close to reaching its $20,000 goal. $59 will get you a single unit for delivery in June 2019.


Price: $59 and up

Funding open:

$17,881 raised out of $20,000 goal
2 months left

Estimated delivery: June 2019

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