You're off on a trip and your bags are packed with all the conveniences of home in miniature: a CD player, hair dryer, travel dumbbells and telephone answering machine. Now you can also take along an alarm clock that weighs you.
The Mini Scale is made in Israel by Mepro Epilady. It is 4\ inches in diameter, weighs 13 ounces and looks somewhat like a kitchen timer. With the press of a button, it shifts from digital scale to alarm clock, or vice versa, in seven seconds.
Place the ball of one foot on the scale while holding onto a wall for balance. After about a second, an electronic tone indicates that your weight has been recorded, and the figure flashes on a little window. The next time you turn on the scale, your previous weight will be there.
The Mini Scale uses a computer chip, making it unnecessary to stand balanced on two feet as one must with spring-loaded scales, the company says. It asserts that the scale is accurate within a half-pound, from 20 to 300 pounds; in a test of a scale taken out of a box in a store the reading was within a pound of that of a standard bathroom scale.
The Mini Scale uses two AA batteries. It is $59.95 at Sharper Image stores.