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What was it that I absolutely hated about the original Basis product, aka the B1? Oh yes, I remember now: pretty much everything. So much promise was packed into the device that when I could, I jumped right on it. The first truly feature rick fitness watch has the ability to read your heart rate, track your motion and more. What it didn’t do was measure your heart-rate while you actually worked out. They called it the watch for the other 23 hours of the day..This was a major bone of contention for me. In addition, the watch was cumbersome to wear and use. It was a big heavy ol’ thing. Finally, being the quantified self nut that I am, I wanted meaningful output from the device, but the web interface was limited (absent web tweaking) and the app wasn’t too slick. Welcome Basis Peak. Are you the answer?

Like its predecessor, the Peak is loaded with sensors capable of tracking your movement, sweat output, heat dissipation, blood flow and heart rate. This time, though, it can also track your heart rate during workouts. The device promises  a new optical sensor and an improved algorithm should produce more accurate results. It’s also better looking, smaller and water proof now! The watch costs $200, the same as the debut price of the last-gen Carbon Steel Edition, and will hit stores as soon as this week. Wait and see.

Basis unveils its first fitness tracker since getting acquired by Intel.

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