Basis: Multiple Sensors Track Exercise and Sleep Accurately and Automatically

Basis is a supercharged fitness tracker. The watch uses multiple sensors to track heart rate patterns throughout the day as well as a perspiration and skin temperature changes to measure exertion levels. Basis uses these data points to paint a more exact picture of calories burned and sleep patterns.

I took the watch on a 6 mile run to see how well the tracking worked, and I was impressed. The data is compiled clearly and accurately, so you can monitor your daily activity and make small changes to be more consistent. The online portal compares activity metrics on a double axis so you can see changes in your heart rate compared to calories burned or steps taken.

The beauty in the watch is that there is no need for the user to signal activity changes. As you can see from my data, I took a nap from 5-6:30PM. Other fitness trackers would note this as ‘idle time’ but Basis knows that I fell asleep because it is tracking my heart rate, which dropped and became more steady while I was sleeping. Basis emails me whenever I reach a goal – like running an Afternoon Lap, and it syncs my data via Bluetooth to my iPhone app.

While the watch has a larger face than an UP band or Fitbit, the added sensor functionality gives it additional analytics power. If you are running with a Garmin or Suunto already, you won’t notice the Basis on your wrist. For people who prefer a smaller wearable device, the technology will only get more compact. This is definitely one company to follow.

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5 thoughts on “Basis: Multiple Sensors Track Exercise and Sleep Accurately and Automatically

  1. arkafonb says:

    What stopped me from buying it was its considerable size, both for activity tracking and during a sleep. Did you find it to be too heavy/bulky for that? Hard to gauge it just by looking at the online pics.

    On Oct 29, 2013, at 12:15 PM, alexisavvy | healthcare it & consumer health blog wrote:

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  2. Alexisavvy says:

    It is a little big – if you aren’t used to a Garmin watch or something as big on your wrist, you probably won’t like the watch. It’s lighter than it looks, but that might not make up for the bulkiness. As more products hit the market with continuous heart rate monitoring, the path is to make slimmer wearables. I’d wait on it for another iteration for now, but these guys have good tech.

  3. I agree that this watch has some potential, but if you visit my blog http://accountablehealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/basis-watch-and-fitness-tracker-water-intrusion-issue-with-first-one/ you will note that there are some issues with it and water. They are working on it and I hope to fully test it as well.

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