Fitness bands have gone through a lot of advancements in the recent years, with products like Smart Waterproof Fitness bracelet and the popular Nike+ FuelBand taking their style and functionality to a whole new level. In addition to tracking your movements they measure many other factors including your pulse, your heartbeat, your body temperature, how many calories your burn and how long you’ve been walking or running.
Many of these gadgets are designed to target a specific type of athlete rather than appeal to an average sport enthusiast, however there is a new product that just might have a broader appeal. This latest entrant, is the Basis B1 fitness band.
The Basis B1 Band is essentially a digital watch that might first appear and function as any regular digital watch, but that’s where similarities end. It has various sensors that constantly monitor your body activities. It uses optical BPM heart sensor to display current heart rate, the number of steps taken, perspiration sensing, body temperature and the number of calories burned, as well as numerous other factors.
Data recording is one of the best features of Basis B1 Band. The device records variety of data, even while you’re sleeping. The Basis B1 is synced with MyBasis.com which you can access through regular internet connection, Wi-fi or through any clear wireless internet service. In order to keep your data recorded, you must first set up an account, but once registered all of your data will be monitored, recorded, and analyzed. You will be able to have access to charts, graphics and other type of visual data based on your various vital statistics that are monitored and recorded 24 hours a day. You can easily see your numbers and how well you did or didn’t do and give you a better understanding what you need to do improve.
Despite Basis being a great device there are few problems that hopefully will be resolved in the future updates. One of these, is the way Basis functions and motivate its users. Basis software uses “habits” to encourage participants to perform certain actions and achieve rewards. You can unlock various habits by setting and achieving specific goals that get harder over time. This can be anything from remembering to wear the watch to finishing certain number of steps in a day. Unfortunately, Basis doesn’t do a good job of keeping track of the habits, and only rewards you once certain habit is achieved. It would be great if there was a way to show the progress you made to help keep you motivated.
Users are encouraged to visit the site and unlock various rewards that tend to get harder over time. However many rewards and habits are very broad and it’s easy to forget and lose track of them. Hopefully in the future versions, the software will be improved and tweaks will be made to make the process of goal achievement more intuitive and much easier to track over time. Keeping things more specific and showing your progress as well as monitoring how well you do along the way will definitely make tracking more useful in the future versions.
There are also plans for both iOS and Android app by the quarter’s end, with a strong focus on adding and improving features. Bluetooth wireless syncing is also in the works, and users will be able receive notification reminders to keep better track of their goals.
The number of health monitors has been steadily growing in the recent years and many do a great job in helping people measure their vital stats and keeping them active. Basis is definitely one of the better devices that are currently on the market and their first version, B1 is a strong competitor that will most likely continue to evolve and get better with future firmware releases and software upgrades.
Also their ability to sync with mobile devices will greatly help future Basis monitor versions to stand out from the rest of the pack. With the current price tag of $199, Basis B1 is a good device for anyone who wants to get more serious about achieving their physical goals and keeping a better track of their vitals.