Hands on with the updated Basis Peak smartwatch, featuring iOS notification support

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in iPhone edited January 2015
AppleInsider went hands-on with the updated Basis Peak smartwatch at CES this week, offering a look at the new support for iOS notifications that will be arriving with a future update.




Intel partner Basis has pledged that the update for its Peak fitness band is coming very soon, in the form of both a new firmware release and an update to its existing iOS application. The new software will turn the Peak into more of a traditional smartwatch, adding support for phone, email, calendar, SMS and iMessage notifciations.

Basis told us that there won't be any third-party app notification support at this time, but it could be added in the future.

The company also declined to speak on potential support for Apple's HealthKit tools, though there are workarounds. The Basis Peak health tracking data can be accessed by third-party applications, which could tap into HealthKit and allow heart rate data to be shared with other apps and services.




Released last year, the currently available Basis Peak already offers 24/7 heart rate sensing out of the box. The hardware also boasts a 4-day battery life on a single charge.

The watch band is made of high-quality silicone, and can easily be replaced with other custom watch straps. The device's capacitance touchscreen also features scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3.




The unit is also water-resistant up to 5ATM, and recharging is accomplished through a magnetic charger. It automatically tracks walks, runs and rides, as well as heart rate during exercise, and movement during sleep.

The Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker sells direct from the company for $199.99. It's available in matte black, or brushed metal and white, and is compatible with devices running iOS 7 or higher.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    jkichlinejkichline Posts: 1,335member
    What the hell is that ugly thing?
  • Reply 2 of 13

    and the award for the ugliest watch goes to.......

  • Reply 3 of 13
    jakebjakeb Posts: 557member
    That is a seriously ugly and large wrist-thing.
  • Reply 4 of 13
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,841member

    Yes very ugly indeed, however this has to be the best health/sleep tracking device you can purchase. You don't have to press a button to tell it that you're bicycling, running, walking or sleeping, it just knows. A friend of mine, who happens to be a health tracking nut, showed me the web app for this, just amazing. But I agree, it wouldn't kill them to hire good product designers.

     

    BTW, now that smart watches are becoming a common topic, could you learn how to take good pictures of wrists, most photos look like watches strapped to a massive cock.

  • Reply 5 of 13
    It's so GD UNGLY its maddening.
  • Reply 6 of 13
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,383member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jkichline View Post



    What the hell is that ugly thing?



    Something you leave at home when you go out on a date. Assuming you can get a date while wearing this monstrosity out in public.

     

    Maybe wearers should stick to OkCupid, Tinder, whatever online dating service.

     

    :D

  • Reply 7 of 13
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,755member
    jkichline wrote: »
    What the hell is that ugly thing?
    It looks like they took a pre-iPad klunky PC tablet and shrunk it down for the wrist. I wonder if it still has a tiny little CD/DVD slot on the side...
  • Reply 8 of 13
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    BTW, now that smart watches are becoming a common topic, could you learn how to take good pictures of wrists, most photos look like watches strapped to a massive cock

    I prefer a rough roller

    1000
  • Reply 9 of 13

    The Department of Corrections is calling; they want their parolee ankle monitors back.

  • Reply 10 of 13
    mpantone wrote: »
    jkichline wrote: »
    What the hell is that ugly thing?


    Something you leave at home when you go out on a date. Assuming you can get a date while wearing this monstrosity out in public.

    Only Woz will think this out-shines the Apple Watch. While the rest of us will search the thesaurus for a word that actually captures this level of ugliness.
  • Reply 11 of 13
    [IMG ALT=""]http://forums.appleinsider.com/content/type/61/id/53986/width/350/height/700[/IMG]


    I like how the left-over watch band sticks out like an emergency release tab so you can ditch this fashion statement from hell if you spot someone in public who may know you...
  • Reply 12 of 13
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jkichline View Post



    What the hell is that ugly thing?

     

     

    Looks a bit like the Apple Watch.

  • Reply 13 of 13
    vmarksvmarks Posts: 701editor

    Detail:

     

    Formerly, the watch relied on being connected to a computer for updates, and really digging into the analysis of what it tracks.

     

    With the announcement at CES, it can be used with the computer, but it's also possible to use it completely with the iOS app.

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