November 29, 2012
After at least two years of development, Basis Science has officially launched its wrist-worn fitness and health tracker, Basis, for $199, which includes a free, supporting web-based health behavior change platform. The device is available on the company's site and will ship in early December. Basis aims to distinguish itself from the ever growing number of activity tracking devices by focusing...
July 30, 2012
The past year has included the launch, recall, and still-imminent-launch of a handful of activity tracking devices: Nike's FuelBand, Jawbone's UP, and the Basis Band, respectively. (Update: Jawbone doesn't consider its "no questions asked" voluntary full refund offer to Jawbone UP users a "recall" since the device did not pose safety issues, a spokesperson tells MobiHealthNews.)
March 14, 2012
This week healthcare incubator StartUp Health announced its inaugural class of 10 Healthcare Transformers, who will go through a three-year curriculum designed to help them better navigate the world of healthcare. StartUp Health's first class is full of known entities in the world of healthcare startups. Among those chosen for the first class: founders from Basis, MotherKnows, Medivo, and...
March 12, 2012
For the first time ever, Nike has made available an API that lets developers build apps that work with its fitness offerings. While the API is only available in a limited beta for developers participating in a hackathon at the SXSWi event in Austin, Texas, this week, the move is likely to lead to wider availability in the near future.
According to a report over at TechCrunch, Nike made the API...
January 9, 2012
At CES this week Basis previewed its online portal, a dashboard for its upcoming Basis B1 band wrist-worn device. The dashboard displays the information collected by the device, including calories burned, steps taken, and hours slept, which it also rolls into a number of "points" for an overall index number (out of 100).
In a new demo video posted just before CES kicked off this week, Basis CEO...
November 4, 2011
Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone released Jawbone UP this week, a continuously-worn wristband sensor that tracks daily activity and sleep patterns. The device retails for $99.99 and is available starting November 6 at retailers including Target, Apple Stores, and Best Buy.
The UP band's sensors track steps walked, pace, calories burned, and active versus inactive time. Its sleep sensor tracks...
September 28, 2011
Wrist-worn wellness device maker Basis announced this week that its advisory board includes an executive at Facebook as well as the co-founders of RedOctane, co-creators of the Guitar Hero series.
The advisory team includes Kevin Colleran, long-time executive at Facebook and one of its first ten employees; Kai and Charles Huang, co-founders of RedOctane and creators of Guitar Hero; Patrick McGill...
August 3, 2011
"Personal wellness is like the green tech movement," said Jef Holove, recently appointed CEO of Basis, in an interview with MobiHealthNews earlier this summer. "I believe it is one of the most important trends of our time, both on the individual level as well as a societal level."
"Regardless of your stance on it, the current national debate on healthcare has dramatically increased awareness of...
March 29, 2011
San Francisco-based health and wellness startup, Basis just closed $9 million in a first round of funding led by Norwest Venture Partners and Doll Capital Management, according to a report at Venture Beat. Basis, previously known as PulseTracer, offers a wrist worn device called Basis Band that measures the wearer's heart rate and other vital signs. Basis also plans to allow third party...