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Basis Peak fitness tracker launches with touchscreen controls

Posted: September 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

Basis, producers of the B1 fitness tracker, has unveiled its first wearable device since its acquisition by Intel. The Peak is a fitness and sleep tracker which builds upon its predecessor by replacing the collection of buttons and display with a larger touch-enabled screen, as well as upgrading the rear-mounted heart rate tracker to the point where Basis suggests it could replace a chest-strap monitor completely.

A swathe of sensors for motion, perspiration, and skin temperature are also monitored by the device, with its BodyIQ system capable of detecting whether the user is walking, running, cycling, or performing other activities, and can report the heart rate during exercise. Sleep tracking for REM, deep sleep and light sleep, movements, interruptions, and overall sleep quality are also offered, while its "Healthy Habits" system will hint when the user should sleep or do more exercise.

Water resistant to up to 5 ATM and protected by Gorilla Glass 3, it uses an aluminum body with silicone straps, while its battery is said to last for up to four days between charges. While it has the general appearance of the Pebble, and likewise connects to an iOS or Android device over Bluetooth LE, it will not ship with similar functionality, though Basis claims it will be adding the ability to display smartphone notifications on the Peak in a later software update.

The Basis Peak will be shipping in the United States in November for $200, with Canada and the UK set to also receive the fitness tracker before the end of the year.

By Electronista Staff

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