West Chester, Pa., June 15, 2006 – MEI announces the integration of its bill acceptor technology into the Bodyspex kiosk, an electronic scale that measures body fat and body composition. With this scale, users can insert a few dollars to quickly and easily test important health indicators like total weight, body fat percentage, fat mass, lean mass, metabolism and body mass index.
BodySpex kiosks utilize bioelectric impedance analysis technology to assure a high level of accuracy, and feature an MEI bill acceptor to collect cash payments to begin each use. Simple-to-follow touch-screen instructions and audio prompts guide users through their test. Results are displayed on-screen or are available on a printout, so users can take results home or to their health professional. Through a wireless internet connection, the kiosks also send each user’s fitness data to a secure account online at BodySpex.com, where all of the user’s test results are automatically stored and displayed in easy-to-read charts.
“These kinds of tests used to be administered in doctors’ offices and health facilities by an attendant,” noted Justin McGilvery, marketing director at BodySpex. “With our do-it-yourself interface and reliable cash acceptor, BodySpex kiosks can now be placed in any location, making health monitoring readily accessible and affordable for the general public.”
The BodySpex kiosk was developed in response to several growing healthcare trends. As health care costs continue to rise, businesses are seeking new ways to encourage their employees to improve their fitness. Also, popular weight loss competition television shows have encouraged and educated many Americans. The BodySpex system is a cost-effective vehicle for creating, managing and judging these competitions and employee incentive programs.
BodySpex kiosks can also be configured to display ad screens and play video, enabling local merchants and national advertisers to reach a specialized market niche.
About MEI’s Full Line of Cash Acceptors for Self-Serve Systems
MEI offers the industry’s most complete line of note and coin acceptors for the varying needs of retail self-serve applications. MEI SODECO™ BNA56 note acceptors are designed specifically for use in high-volume, high-value applications with dedicated cash-box collection and a revenue center. MEI CASHFLOW® SC Series note acceptors are the world’s most technically advanced cash acceptors for retail applications. MEI Series 2000 note acceptors provide a lower-end alternative for retail applications that do not require premium features or a lockable cash box. MEI Combo Acceptors are the industry’s first units that accept cash, credit and debit. MEI CASHFLOW® 9500 coin acceptors are ideal for kiosks and other unattended retail systems. MEI provides all the technical support that OEMs, professional software developers and systems integrators need to design, integrate, test and deploy their self-serve systems.
MEI systems are relied upon for more than 1 billion transactions per week in 90 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill acceptor, and more recently its vending management system. Today MEI has the largest worldwide installed base of unattended payment mechanisms. In 2004, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than 3.5 million bill acceptors, 4.5 million coin mechanisms and 1 million control boards worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit www.meiglobal.com/kiosks or call 1-800-345-8215.
The BodySpex Fitness Tracking System combines an easy-to-use, touch-screen body fat scale with an informative website to create an un-paralleled system for tracking health and fitness data - including body fat, weight, lean mass, fat mass, metabolism, BMI, exercise and diet. This creates an accurate, secure, and convenient system to graph progress and see results as users track their way to better fitness. Additional information about BodySpex can be found at www.bodyspex.com.
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