Withings BeamO is a DIY doctor's check-up wand synced to your phone

Photo showing a mother taking her son's temperature using the Withings BeamO multiscope
(Image credit: Withings)

What you need to know

  • The Withings BeamO is a multi-tool stethoscope that measures temperature, heart rhythm, blood oxygen, and other data.
  • It can send health data to your phone or stream your heart or lung sounds live to your physician. 
  • It launches June 2024 for $249 / €249, after it receives FDA approval.

When you're feeling sick, you pull out a thermometer and check your temperature. Withings thinks that isn't enough, and wants you to buy its 4-in-1 "multiscope" BeamO — a combination thermometer, electrocardiogram (ECG), oximeter, and stethoscope — instead. 

Announced this week in Las Vegas as a "CES Innovations Award Honoree," the Withings BeamO will retail in June 2024 for $249. Withings promises it will have received FDA clearance by this time, giving you some assurance of its accuracy for heart and lung health data. 

Photo showing the Withings BeamO multiscope held in two hands, showing the LED screen and buttons.

(Image credit: Withings)

The compact handheld wand has PPG sensors and electrodes along its sides, giving you heart rate, atrial fibrillation (AFib), and blood oxygen (SpO2) readings simultaneously in less than a minute. You can either read the results on the 1.9-inch color LED display or check your Withings app later. 

Aside from the traditional temperature readings you'd expect, the Withings BeamO can also function as a digital stethoscope. You place it on your chest or back to measure "acoustic sound waves through a Piezoelectric disc," listening for wheezing or heart murmurs. 

You can either record these sounds to the app to listen to later or stream live audio to your physician during virtual appointments, so they can tell you where to place the wand for the best results to detect bronchitis or asthma. 

Photo showing the Withings BeamO multiscope being used to measure lung sounds

(Image credit: Withings)

Like your Withings Body Smart scale, the Withings BeamO will support eight separate profiles, though you'll have to manually select the profile instead of having it auto-detected by your weight. Once the data is in-app, you'll be able to send periodic PDF health reports to your doctor

"BeamO will revolutionize the measurement of the core vitals carried out during medical visits from the comfort of one's own home," says Withings President Eric Carreel. "Instead of measuring these stats a couple of times a year in a clinical setting, it will be possible to assess them every day."

Aside from the high price and the potential to give hypochondriacs a little too much power to stress themselves out, the Withings BeamO appears to give consumers and families a really useful way to self-monitor their current health, so they can contact a doctor if things turn for the worse. 

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.