Out of all the new health gadgets that are being paraded as CES, this is the one that we are most looking forward to getting out mitts on. The Basis is a rival to products like the Fitbit Ultra and Jawbone Up, but I think it looks more stylish and high tech, more like the BodyMedia Fit. You also don’t need an iPhone to use it.
The Basis is essentially a high-tech fitness tracking device housed in a large-ish wristwatch type casing. It is about the same size as the iPod nano is when it is housed in a wrist case. As for features it has many you’d expect, like a 3D accelerometer to track your movements, temperature gague and a heart rate monitor. But it also has a sensor that can work out whether you are awake or asleep, so you can find out just how many of those eight hours you actually spend in the land of Nod.
The information the Basis collects is available on the device, but you can also hook it up to a PC, via a USB connection, and store your information of the Basis webiste. You can also share your data and set goals for you to aim for. Basis claims that the data it collects gives you a more comprehensive picture of your health than your rivals.
Anyhow it will be available in the US here shortly for around $199. No news yet on British, or other international availability.