May 25, 2017
The proliferation and ever-increasing sophistication of wearable activity trackers makes clear that we have come a long way from analog pedometers and clunky heart rate monitors, but new research suggests those metrics may be the only ones modern wearables can accurately track.
Stanford researchers took a hard look at seven different consumer wearables with a group of 60 volunteers, who wore the...
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...
June 29, 2016
Basis Science, the high-end fitness wearable company that was acquired by Intel in March 2014, has halted sales of its newest device, the Basis Peak, because of concerns about overheating. The company won't sell any more devices -- and has requested that its users not wear those they currently own -- until it completes a software update that will shut down the device when it begins to overheat.
May 19, 2015
Intel's Basis Peak will now connect to Apple HealthKit and Google Fit, both exporting the data tracked by its wearable and importing a small amount of data from Apple HealthKit. In addition, the company is launching a number of small firmware and software updates to its device, new band accessories, and a new limited edition version of the Basis Peak.
Prior to this update, Basis users could push...
May 12, 2015
The VA Boston Healthcare System will launch a pilot using the Basis Peak wearable. The wristworn device will be used to evaluate the effect of a drug on veterans' sleep habits.
San Francisco-based Basis, which was acquired by Intel last year, is donating 1,000 Basis devices to the Boston VA, some of which will be used for the sleep study, and others of which will be used for the VA's Move! weight...
January 7, 2015
This year, at CES15, Intel unveiled Curie, a low-power module the size of a button that developers can use to build wearable devices.
“Last year, we partnered with leading technology, fashion and lifestyle brands to help build a robust wearable ecosystem," Mike Bell, vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Devices Group said in a statement. “With the Intel Curie module, Intel will...
October 9, 2014
Ever since Apple announced its HealthKit developer toolkit, which aggregates data from a number of different self-tracking apps and devices, it's been a foregone conclusion that Fitbit would be connected. Apple showed a screencap of Fitbit at its developer conference announcing the product. In a recent interview, a Jawbone spokesperson used Fitbit as an example of a device that could potentially...
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...