Thinness and Flexibility of Paper with the Paper Scale
The people at Duck Image Studio have come up with an excellent idea, a paper scale. The scale is ultra-thin and combines pressure sensing sheets which relay information to an e-paper display. This device is waterproof and easy to wipe clean. It can also be rolled up for storage and taken on the go. The pictures show a traditional scale, but these are even possible in bath mats or floor tiles.
Imagine a giant scale embedded into your floor tiles. I'd be afraid to step into the bathroom. I would probably feel like I was on a game show, trying to dodge the tiles while a big overhead projection screen shows my weight. I think this idea is great for those that are forever dieting. This way, you can roll up your scale and take it with you on those all-inclusive stuffing-your-face buffet vacations.
The downside might be that people become even more obsessed with their weight. Imagine Thanksgiving dinner with the family where diet-conscious cousin Evie brings over her paper scale instead of her homemade chocolate chip cookies.
I always used to tell my friends that it would be great if I could sleep on a scale and have it record my weight loss in the middle of the night. (Yes, I've been called a loser for that.) Well, with this technology, it's very possible that one of these could even be put into a mattress.
My question is this: What happens if you don't like what you see on the scale? Is it so flimsy that you could you rip it to shreds? It certainly couldn't be thrown across the room in a moment of anger as it would fall very short of its target.
I'm curious to see whether it would show the same weight no matter where you lay it down, such as carpet vs. tile.
Personally, I'd love to have one of these because it would be a great topic of conversation. I'd probably be too afraid of ripping it though, so it would eventually be added to my closet of cool-but-fragile things.