The Story Behind the Decent Scale
Skale 1 was created and made in Taiwan by Atomax, a very small company making their living doing contract based product design.
They wanted to write their own app to help people make better pour-over coffee.
Unfortunately, they couldn't write such an app with any existing scale, so they made their own.
It was much more of a project-for-love than a great business idea.
Skale 1 was really nicely engineered, featured a striking design and came with a great API for iPhone and Android.
Unfortunately, while Atomax was great at the technical aspects, they were not as good at marketing, and very few people learnt of this scale.
It was 0.1g accurate, very fast, had a good BLE implementation, and included two coffee apps (pictured below).
It had no display and therefore needed to be connected to a phone or tablet.
After they sold out 1000 Skales they dropped the pour-over coffee scale idea. Atomax made a new design called Skale 2, rethought the shape and wrote a weighing app for cake baking.
For Skale 2, BLE was further improved, a USB charging plug was added, and significantly: a weight LCD appeared so you could use the scale without connecting to a phone or tablet.
We at Decent Espresso met Atomax when they were still making their Skale 1. We had ideas for our own scale and wanted to find someone to help those ideas become reality.
Since they had already done much of the work, we hired Atomax to make the Decent Scale, based on the internals of the Skale 2, but with changes directed by us.
A seamless plastic "hat" now covers the entire scale, providing excellent water resistance.
The shape was changed to hold two coffee cups, and a timer was added.
The user-interface was rewritten to make the scale work well without being connected to a phone or tablet.
The batteries were upgraded to 4xAA for longer scale life.
The BLE API was expanded, a developer community created and we're now funding University computer science classes writing to write free and open apps for the scale.
That's how the Decent Scale came to be.