Basis Peak is a fitness tracker with smartwatch capabilities
After being acquired by chip maker Intel back in March, Basis has finally brought out a new fitness-tracking wearable named the Peak. The wristband is said to accurately monitor and track heart rates in real-time during exercise and is lighter and slimmer than its predecessor, the Basis Carbon Steel fitness tracker.
Besides the ability to track fitness information, Peak also packs some smartwatch-like functions without the usual tendency of being bulky, delicate and rather expensive to risk wearing during workouts. It is hoped the device grabs attention by falling right in between the smartwatch and the fitness band with its touchscreen interface and an accurate heart rate tracker that is said to “stand a good chance of restoring dignity to the heart-rate monitoring space,” according to a report by PC World.
Most heart-rate tracking features found in wrist-worn wearables can only do heart rate spot checks when the user stops moving, with mostly inconsistent performance, and some are proving to be quite a letdown in many devices already. Peak however, will come with a completely renovated heart-rate sensor which can provide the user continuous and reliable data regardless what they are doing and not just when they ask for it.
Other metrics the band will be able to track are steps, calories, skin temperature and perspiration, whilst Sleep tracking will be detected automatically. Peak is water proof, rated for 5 ATM, so will be able to handle normal swimming and its battery is said to last four days with a single charge
The smartwatch features will not be enabled with Peak’s initial launch, but will come with a later free software update, according to the company. The update will allow the band to receive notifications for incoming calls, SMS and email, and it will work with both Android and iOS devices.
The Basis Peak will go on sale in early November in North America for $199 (around £122) and will be available in two colours, black and white. The new fitness tracker will be available through Amazon, Best Buy, REI and Basis’ own store, whilst those in the UK can expect the watch to become available later this year.