Lauren Goode

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“Smart” Scale-Maker Withings Raises $30 Million to, Well, Scale

Withings, a France-based maker of digital-health devices, has raised $30 million in venture capital funding from Bpifrance, Idinvest Partners, 360 Capital Partners and repeat investor Ventech. Withings makes a Wi-Fi-connected scale that automatically sends your weight data to your phone; it also makes a smart baby monitor and, most recently, a wearable activity-tracker called the Pulse. The company plans to use the funding to further expand overseas and build up its research and development teams.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus