November 21, 2016
According to a report from TechCrunch, Intel is laying off a large portion of its wearable group. The original report indicated that this meant the company is pulling away from wearables, but Intel denied that in a statement.
"Intel is in no way stepping back from the wearables business," the company told TechCrunch. "In fact, we have several products in the works that we are very excited about,...
August 3, 2016
Intel subsidiary Basis is recalling its Peak fitness tracking watch. The company halted production of the device at the end of June due to an overheating issue that affected just 0.2 percent of the watches on the market, but had hoped to fix the issue with a software update. Now, developers are throwing in the towel, issuing a voluntary recall, and offering full refunds.
"We had hoped to update...
September 30, 2014
Basis Science, the wearable company that was acquired in March by Intel’s new devices group, has unveiled a new wearable, the Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker. The Peak device will replace the B1 and Carbon Steel devices, which will be supported but no longer sold starting November 5, when the Basis Peak goes on sale.
“Basis Peak … continues a lot of the same principles we had in the prior...
September 11, 2014
Apple's big wearable announcement Tuesday was met with excitement by some and disappointment by others. While health and fitness is a major selling point of the device, it's not the standout health wearable that it might have been. And with a price point starting at $349, it's a hard sell for consumers just looking for a better Fitbit.
The health tracker Apple Watch most resembles is the Basis...
September 9, 2014
As Apple gets ready for its long-awaited wearable device announcement later today, a couple of other wearables in the fitness tracking space are following the Apple model of vaguely hinting about upcoming releases. Intel teased the new Basis Band at the Intel Developer Forum this morning, Jawbone has been leaking hints to the press about a new, more open ecosystem, Misfit Wearables released a...
May 1, 2014
At the beginning of the year, Basis Science's co-founder and COO Bharat Vasan told MobiHealthNews that the Basis Band's new sleep tracking features were "almost clinical grade."
“With advanced sleep analysis we are able to do REM sleep, which nobody else can do, and which is what your mind needs to consolidate memories,” Vasan said at the time. “[We can do] deep sleep, which your body needs to...
March 25, 2014
Intel has confirmed its rumored acquisition of Basis Science, the activity tracker company that makes the high-end Basis B1 Band. Earlier this year TechCrunch first reported the Intel deal and pegged it at between $100 million and $150 million, however, Intel did not disclose any financial details of the Basis acquisition. At the beginning of 2014, we reported on rumors that Basis was soliciting...
February 6, 2014
Apple has added yet another person working in digital health to its iWatch team, according to a report in 9to5Mac. The company recently hired Roy J.E.M. Raymann from Philips Research, where he led various sleep-related studies. Raymann was a senior scientist at Philips Research who founded the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory, a non-clinical sleep research lab. He also led projects related to...
November 14, 2013
Consumer wearable devices are a growing market. According to a recent report from Berg Insights, the category that includes fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smartwatches will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, up from 8.3 million in 2012.
As the biggest consumer shopping season of the year begins, the fitness tracker arms race is heating up, and the longtime...
November 5, 2013
Basis Science has added some new passive tracking features to its Basis Band activity tracker. After downloading a firmware update, a new feature called Body IQ will allow users to passively track when they are walking, running, and biking.
"We focus on trying to make data collection as passive as possible for people," Basis Director of Marketing Damon Miller told MobiHealthNews. "What that means...