Jun 8, 2012
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The Basis Fitness Band: Will This New Fitness Band Change Your Life? An Introduction

My Basis Band Fitness Logo

While current fitness bands such as the Nike Fuel Band, FitBit, & JawBone UP have us addicted to getting in shape, their designs have left us wanting more.  To combat this dearth of well designed (and useful) fitness trackers a new company has emerged with their product The Basis Band.  Not only is the Basis well designed and priced right (about $200 and available in early 2012) it also packs a ton of power.  Five sensors buried in the back of the screen help track daily movements for totals like calories burned, heart rate, and even your sleep…. something the Nike Fuel Band does not.  Another great feature about the Basis Band is that like the Nike Fuel Band, it will reward your fitness “points” and help keep you motivated.

After getting an exclusive hands on with this product last month I can honestly say that it is one of the best fitness bands out there.  I cant wait for this product to hit the market.  Here is my review of the Basis Fitness Band:

My Basis Band Fitness Band Sensors

 

What Does The Basis Fitness Band Track:

  • Heart Rate
  • Calories
  • How Much Sleep You Are Getting
  • Movement
  • Skin Temperature
  • Ambient Temperature
  • How Much You’re Sweating (Galvanic Skin Response or GSR) – Also used to monitor stress levels (wow)
  • Your Total Fitness Points
When Do You Wear The Basis Band:
You wear the Basis Band 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The Basis Band knows when you are moving, when you are awake and when you are asleep.  Because it is more like a watch than lets say the Fuel Band or Up, you never have to take it off to charge.
How Does The Basis Band Get My Data:
Sensors built into the back of band track your data.  Your data is then automatically (!!!) uploaded to the cloud where it is then analyzed and sent to your for review.
How Do You View Your Basis Band Data:
Simply log into your Basis Band backed website and you have access to all of the information that you Basis has collected.  The dashboard will show you all of your up to the minute quantified data including calories, GSR, heart rate, etc…  This information is presented in both numerical and graphical formats.  Whats even cooler is that with the Basis you can group activities together and then compare them over time.   Awesome.

my basis fitness tracker

 

What Makes The Basis Band Different From Other Fitness Bands:

For one, you can wear it 24/7 and it charge lasts a week.  That’s more than any of the other fitness bands out there.

Your data is automatically uploaded to the cloud which is a great feature.  No need to pair it with your computer or plug it in with USB.  Simply wear it and everything is done for you.

The sensors are removable which means you can add your own band or material to match the Basis Band with any outfit.

Here is a video describing the new band with CEO Jeff Holove:

 

This is going to serve as a small introduction to the Basis Band.  Look for a post later next week when I give an in depth review of the Basis Band similar to my Nike Fuel Band review.

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  • I think the fuelband is considered to be not very accurate. Basis is very new so not sure if anyone will have it yet. It seems to be like the BMF but worn on the wrist. The BMF is supposed to be very accurate.

  • The latest bit of technical wizardry to come from Nike is the Nike Fuel Band, a neat little gizmo that wraps around your wrist and tells you how much activity you are doing on a daily basis, then encourages to improve upon your daily best. Lest it all get a bit too Weight Watchers, the Fuel Band measures your achievements in Fuel Points, a unit that Nike has come up with that allows all activities to be measured equally (of course, so long as they involve waggling your arms a bit). Used in conjunction with your iPhone or iPod touch, the fuelband can show you how you measure up against your friends and contacts, which is also nice, if often humbling.

  • The way the Basis Band thinks about fitness is also different from its peers. Fitbit, for example, is a pure “tracker,” in that it collects data and then presents it to you. I’d say this is at the lowest level of utility for a normal person who doesn’t want to spend hours looking at line graphs of steps taken over time. The Jawbone Up is slightly better, in that it’s strapped to your wrist at all times, but it thinks at the same low level: it tracks your stats and shows them to you. The Nike Fuelband has a points system, but that’s a very opaque way to track fitness. So you’ve gotten a thousand Fuel points. Uh, okay? And the Fuelband is very limited in its featureset, with only a pedometer.

  • I have had my fuelband for 2 months and was absolutely thrilled with it. I wore it everyday and looked forward to racking up the fuel. Sudenly last week it stopped keeping accurate time. The fuel measurements were way off. Yesterday it froze several times and required resetting. Today it is completely dead and wont hold a charge. On top of that the inside screws holding it together have completely coroded and given me a rash. I have never been so disappointed with nike. After 2 months there product is completely useless. They should be ashamed. Do not buy this thing no matter how cool you think it is! I never write reviews but feel the public needs to be aware of this unethical distribution of a defective product on the part of nike.

  • The Nike Fuel Band can be used as motivational health tracking device to work independently or in groups. Whether it brings the sport out of life or makes life into a neverending sport, with even more information to track and store will depend on the user. If anything it could atleast get a conversation going for those who want something to show and tell and then see how much fuel they used up doing that activity.. Apparently the Nike Fuel Band is limited in quantity and NikeStore.com will replenish theNike Fuel Band inventory on a regular basis.

  • You can also hook up your wristbands to a number of apps. While Up and Flex support many fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal and LoseIt!, FuelBand focuses on the social side with connections to Facebook, Twitter, and Path.

  • Como decimos en Argentina, “se le esta escapando la tortuga”, Nike disparo con fuel band y hay en el mercado un desarrollo de un reloj Basis Band superior al gadget de Nike, pero adidas, tiene que contratacar. Estoy esperando que golpee mas fuerte que su clasico rival, por favor sorprendan a sus clientes (el reloj zone, era cool, pero ya quedo en los anales de la historia) … Confiare que llegue a Argentina algo de su marca antes que la FUEL BAND de Nike, o que viaje y me tope con algum desarrollo del sponsor de Messi.

  • I have had my fuelband for 2 months and was absolutely thrilled with it. I wore it everyday and looked forward to racking up the fuel. Sudenly last week it stopped keeping accurate time. The fuel measurements were way off. Yesterday it froze several times and required resetting. Today it is completely dead and wont hold a charge. On top of that the inside screws holding it together have completely coroded and given me a rash. I have never been so disappointed with nike. After 2 months there product is completely useless. They should be ashamed. Do not buy this thing no matter how cool you think it is! I never write reviews but feel the public needs to be aware of this unethical distribution of a defective product on the part of nike.6 months later, I am using my replacement fuelband, after less than 6 months of gentle use the display button stops working and now the unit wont hold a charge anymore.Bottom line: Two fuelbands in less than one year both barely lasted 6 months of moderate use. Great idea but probably the worst product nike has ever made. I love the conceptbut absolutely hate the product.I have to ammend this as Nike has been very helpful. Just got off the phone and they are sending a replacement to me. They also assured me they are working out the battery and button issues. We’ll see how fuelband number 3 works out. Hopefully I am not writing another negative review in 6 months.

  • I have fuelband but sell Fitbit at my store. Fitbit does more for your fitness but is missing time and display. Also it is wifi so it always updates. Fuelband is Bluetooth so you have to sync your device. Fuelband also has a display and shows time. All in all I recommend fuelband for fashion and Fitbit for function.

  • This is a product I’ve been excited about ever since I heard about it back in 2011. Considering it just came out – a year and a half later – and that they’ve had severe problems with deliveries it’s set up to be a disappointment. But it isn’t. I’d go as far as saying that is the best quantified self device on the market. It tracks activity (steps), heart rate, skin temperature, perspiration and sleep. The worst thing I can say about it after using it for two weeks is that it’s not the best designed watch. And I miss vibrations in it, for reminders and alarms. But other than that? Awesome. I’m going to write a longer review of the basis with screenshots of the web service, which is a huge part of why the Basis is so good. The web service is a way of changing habits using gamification and tricks from cognitive behavioral therapy – you can only add new habits if you succeed with your old ones. They will offer an API for third party developers, and hopefully they’ll have their Android and iOS apps out soon as promised. One feature I really like is that when you raise your arm to look at the watch, the face lights up. Here’s a more in-depth review of the Basis activity monitor .

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