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Basis Peak: the fitness watch that's automatic (almost)All day heart rate and sleep tracking, step counting and more: the Peak aims to improve your fitness habits and is waterproof, but it's not a fully finished experience yet.
[MUSIC] 24 hour fitness tracking and habit base coaching on your wrist. Does it work? I'm Scott Stein and I'm wearing the Basis Peak. Basis, which is an Intel company now has made sport tracking fitness bands for a couple of years now. The Basis B1 and the Basis Carbon Steel for one. That had 24 hour heart rate monitoring. And an ability to teach you habits, so it's kind of like achievement based coaching over time. If you play video games and have gotten X Box achievements or maybe you've tried Nike Fuel Band and tried to hit those little milestones, well, that's a lot like what Habits are on Basis. But they've rebooted their watch completely with the Basis Peak. This is a newly designed har-, piece of hardware. And it is waterproof down to 5 atm. It has four days of battery life. The screen is much easier to read, more like a pebble steel or pebble watch if you've seen that. Bright LCD, good broad daylight. Plus it has a backlight. What does it do? It tracks your heart rate all the time and also tracks steps. It has an automatic way of sensing when you move, with a technology called Body IQ. And it tells you you're sleeping habits, including REM sleep within an app for IOS and Android. And it syncs wirelessly via Bluetooth with your phone. If you had a previous base of span it didn't. You had to plug it into your pc. Now that's fine. What it does best is be automatic. It tracks my steps automatically. It shows my heart rate all the time. What does it do to help me on the fly? Not quite as much. In the future, the Basis Peak will be able to give you coaching tips here and also send messages. To your watch. That doesn't happen yet. Right now it's about getting those achievements. Maybe waking up at the same time, maybe getting a certain number of steps or getting active exercise once in a while. But heart rate is such a variable term. It tells you resting heart rate but the rest of it is a bit mysterious and a lot of products are on the market now or soon that are gonna use continuous heart rate tracking. There's new Jawbone. There's gonna bit Fit Bit. And there's also the Microsoft band. And there are gonna be more to come. So the Basis Peak doesn't hook into as many things as you would like or that I would like. It's okay. It's just not great. And I feel like its competition is gonna get pretty hot and heavy. You [UNKNOWN] necessarily need to buy into Basis's philosophy. For long. I'm Scott Stein, and this is the Basis Peak, $200, available now.