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Basis B1 Health Tracker Smartwatch (2014) Review and Giveaway

Kannon Yamada 21-04-2014

Want to lose weight and think clearer? You might find help from the $199 Basis B1 Health Tracker Carbon Steel Edition smartwatch or its $179 functionally identical predecessor.


While wearable tech hasn’t yet provided much more than notification and health-oriented 6 Upcoming Wearable Devices Compared: What's Hot and What's Not I present to you six of the more interesting and useful wearable tech devices either on the market, or soon to enter it. Read More devices, the Basis B1 Health Tracker currently offers the most sophisticated readouts of your body’s data. But can the average consumer take advantage of the B1’s advanced design and feature-packed web app?

Update: Intel purchased Basis recently. Intel made inroads into the wearables market with several gadgets — this latest purchase (rumored to be around $100 million) represents a validation of Basis’s underlying technology.

What is Wearable Technology?

Two key concepts explain wearable technology: biometric data and the kinds of devices available in the wearables market.

Biometric Data

Biometric data is a general, catch-all term used to refer to information gathered on the human body. It’s also referred to as “Biometrics“. This data includes heart-rate, the amount of calories burned by your body (caloric burn) and a great deal more. I  will refer to the information gathered by the B1 as “Biometric” although it’s more precisely referred to as a form of Biofeedback. Essentially, biofeedback devices tell you how your body is working and suggest ways to improve your health based on this data.

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Wearable Tech Competitors

I’ve written about wearable technology 6 Upcoming Wearable Devices Compared: What's Hot and What's Not I present to you six of the more interesting and useful wearable tech devices either on the market, or soon to enter it. Read More before and the various devices in the marketplace. Two key types of devices inhabit marketplaces: Health-oriented wearables and notifications devices.

The Basis B1 is definitely a health-oriented smartwatch (the term “smartwatch” refers to wearables that attach to the wrist). Health-oriented wearables gather biometric data on its users, which allow them to optimize one’s habits for healthier lifestyles. The best known health tracker is the Fitbit Flex (read our comparison review of the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP Fitbit Flex vs. Jawbone UP: A Comparative Review In today's world, nothing escapes the fact that we are moving in a direction where quantifying and recording stuff obsessively is sort of the norm. We use Foursquare to check into places, we annoyingly take... Read More ). Compared to the competition, the Basis B1 feels bulky. However, its sensor suite is better than anything else out there, by a wide margin in most cases. Even cutting edge wearables, which hybridize health trackers with notification watches, don’t offer the sophistication of the B1’s sensor suite.

For example, the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear Fit offer both biometric data and smartphone notifications, but the biometric data falls far short of the B1. Hybrid wearables really only provide a portion of the data that the B1 offers. Like their peers, the Gear 2 and Gear Fit provide notifications first and biometric data second. The Basis B1 positions itself purely as a health-oriented device.

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On the other hand, notifications watches provide alerts that are synced with the notifications provided by tablets and smartphones. In general, I’m not very excited by notifications devices, but they do fulfill an important niche market. We actually reviewed one of the first wearable tech devices: The Pebble smartwatch Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Smartwatches are the new hottest trend in today's tech world, and the Pebble e-ink watch helped start the fire. The most successful Kickstarter project to date, the Pebble raised over $10 million during its 1-month... Read More .

Unboxing and Getting Started

The Basis B1 comes nicely presented and packaged. Getting started with it requires very little effort.


The Basis Health Tracker smartwatch (also referred to as the B1) comes with minimal accessories and documentation – likely because users need to register the device online in order to gather health metrics. The documentation provided is a simple instruction manual, which more or less directs the user to the website. The package also includes a proprietary charger and of course, the B1 smartwatch.

How It Works

The B1 works by wearing it for extended periods of time. After generating biometric data, you can then sync it with your computer using the cradle charger. After syncing, you receive various health awards for making goals. The more goals you achieve, the more goals you can unlock. Using this method, users receive encouragement from the Basis app and website to slowly ramp up their daily periods of activity.


Basis doesn’t provide any particular avenue of approach toward using the B1 Health Tracker – in fact, they include a disclaimer that they are not a medical device company and you should consult a health professional regarding any medical issues. That said, I’ve greatly benefited from using the B1. In particular, the quality of my sleep is what really highlighted the usefulness of the Health Tracker.

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I found that staying up late, staring into a computer monitor, caused serious degradation in the quality of my sleep. I received less REM and deep sleep and a great deal more light sleep. Also my tossing and turning increased dramatically after burning the midnight oil. The desktop app F.lux actually helped substantially with this issue, fortunately. F.lux (read our F.lux review Use F.lux To Sleep Better After Late-Night Computer Activities If you look carefully, most of LCD monitors have a button to automatically change the attributes of the screen to adjust for the types of media which is being viewed. Read More ) can shift the color spectrum of your monitor toward red, rather than white. This operates on the theory that white light causes a greater degree of wakefulness, which disrupts one’s sleep patterns. As a side note, the B1 actually verifies the effectiveness of F.lux – the software does work, although you get better sleep by simply unwinding or meditating (use meditation sounds Free Music & Nature Sounds To Relax, Sleep, Meditate, Study & Concentrate [Sound Sunday] Discover a vast collection of free ambient, electronic, drone soundscapes, plus nature sounds, ASMR, and singing bowls. Many hours of free music downloads are hidden in this edition of Sound Sunday. Come inside and listen. Read More ) toward the end of the day.

Simply put, the Basis tracker allows users to unravel the tangled ball of yarn that is our poorly optimized behavioral patterns. But it requires a great deal of work to properly use.


Getting Started

Getting started with the Basis Health Tracker only requires that you register for an account with Basis and install either the Windows or Mac desktop application, or the smartphone or tablet app, available on both.

After installing, you can either wirelessly sync your device over Bluetooth or, alternatively, you can connect to the charger and sync cable – the charger uses a proprietary design. To insert, just slip it in on the left side first and then snap it into place on the right side. If you’ve installed the desktop app, it will automatically begin the pairing process. Alternatively, with the mobile app, you initiate the Bluetooth pairing process manually by clicking the Pair button twice.

Living with the Basis B1 Health Tracker

Following the pairing process, your personal information is wiped from the B1 and added to Basis’s servers. This information includes data on your perspiration, heart-rate, sleeping patterns, exercise patterns, caloric burn, skin temperature and more.

Wearing the device at first feels bulky, although it quickly begins feeling like a part of your body, even during sleep. The data generated offers useful insights into your daily habits, routines and with some effort from the user, can offer avenues to improve one’s daily routines for better exercise and sleep patterns.

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Having spent over a month with the B1, I’m left with some good impressions and some bad: First of all, it’s bulky and its angular shape doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing. Second, it is extremely easy to manage and operate. Unlike most wearables, it will automatically begin measuring your biometric data. For example, the B1 can automatically detect whenever the user falls asleep, based on body temperature and heart rate. In my experience, sleep detection is scary-accurate. Its other features, such as heart rate detection, aren’t perfect. I found that it frequently failed to monitor my heart rate when out exercising.


The bracelet of the B1 feels soft, pliant and organic. Although the device itself feels bulky and oversized, the overall impact on my wrist after wearing it for a month feels like any other watch. After a while, you forget it’s even there. However, compared to similar devices, such as the $99.95 FitBit Flex or the $99 Jawbone UP (our comparative review between the Flex and the UP Fitbit Flex vs. Jawbone UP: A Comparative Review In today's world, nothing escapes the fact that we are moving in a direction where quantifying and recording stuff obsessively is sort of the norm. We use Foursquare to check into places, we annoyingly take... Read More ), it will feel monstrously large and ponderous.

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The rear of the Basis B1 Health Tracker is covered by a variety of studs and a green LED. Touching several of the capacitive studs causes the LED to trigger. I assume that when the rear section comes into contact with naked flesh, it fires off the LED light in a strobe-like pattern.

Hardware Specifications

The Basis Health Tracker uses an industry-leading seven sensor suite to read respiration, perspiration, heart rate, sleep states, caloric burn (which is derived from other data) and motion. As such it offers the worst battery life out of all wearable technology at around 3 days. However, with Bluetooth turned off, I routinely got well above three days.

  • ASIC design: The B1 uses an embedded ARM CPU, likely of ASIC architecture.
  • Modular design: The bracelet straps are fully removable and upgradable.
  • Construction: Watch face composed of glossy, thermoplastic and steel. It also has silicone rubber wrist straps.
  • Display: Trans-reflective, back-lit LCD display (viewable in direct sunlight).
  • Battery life: 2-3 days (with Bluetooth enabled) or 4 days
  • Bluetooth: 2.1
  • Dimensions: 273mm (length); 36mm (width); 27mm (height); 44g (weight).

Measures of Activity and Sleeping Patterns

The B1 measures three kinds of physical activity patterns and three kinds of sleep patterns.

Kinds of Activity

  • Walking: It uses the accelerometer as a pedometer to count footsteps. I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about this measurement, but for those who enjoy walking, this worked perfectly. Through the desktop or mobile device interface, the B1 synthesizes caloric burn from walking.
  • Running: I don’t run much and wasn’t able to test this particular feature very often, but it does work.
  • Biking: This feature of the B1 worked perfectly. It tracks the amount of time spent cycling as well as the distance traveled. It’s also able to synthesize the intensity of your workout, over the course of the time spent working out, by looking at heart rate and perspiration. In general, I found that lifting weights just prior to cardiovascular exercise allowed for greater amounts of caloric burn than aerobic preceded by anaerobic exercise.

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  • Light sleep: Light sleep doesn’t provide you with much benefit. It’s really a transitional sleep state between deep sleep and REM sleep. According to the documentation, light sleepers are easily roused – in general, if you get more light sleep than any other, you’re not sleeping properly.
  • Deep sleep: Deep sleep, described by Basis as “body refresh” is when your body becomes immobile and you begin physically recovering from a day of hard work. Strangely, I found that the harder I exercised, the less deep sleep I received the following night. In general, you want this number to be as high as possible.
  • REM sleep: REM sleep is referred to as “mind refresh” – if an individual receives a higher amount of REM, they will feel more focused and aware throughout the day. Low amounts of REM result in the individual feeling groggy and tired. I found that F.lux helped substantially with this statistic, although overall I received the most benefit from going to bed on a regular schedule, not eating late at night and cooling down before bedtime.

Software Interface

The software interface consists of both a browser-based interface and a mobile application.


The browser interface consists of several tabbed windows, which track several health metrics. The health categories receive three groupings:

basis b1 health tracker my habits

  • Insights: Insights show an overview of your achievements and daily activities. It’s a good summary of whether or not you’re getting enough sleep or exercise.

basis b1 health tracker insights

  • Data: For me, raw data offered the largest amount of insight into my daily activities. It includes data from three different categories, including the details of each activity, the basic patterns that these activities fall into and the details of one’s sleeping habits.

insights health tracker

Overall, the browser experience provides a slick, seamless method of interacting with your data. Even with the occasional problem syncing with Basis’s server taken into account, it’s a great web interface.

Mobile Application

The mobile application provides a nearly identical experience to the browser interface. However, you can additionally customize the frequency of how often your device syncs with Basis’s servers in its settings menu.

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Potential Uses

I don’t want to go on at length about the B1’s potential uses, but they are myriad. In particular, you can connect theory with behavior, regarding sleep and exercise optimization.

Sleep Optimization

I’ve heard a number of claims regarding F.lux’s impact on quality of sleep. F.lux, as mentioned earlier, theorizes that white light is more detrimental to sleep quality than red light. To test this, I simply examined my sleep statistics with F.lux enabled and without it. The results showed around 30 percent more REM and deep sleep than without F.lux enabled. You can test other, similar claims – in particular, eating before sleeping, going to bed at a consistent time or whatever strange theory you’ve heard.

sleep statistics

Exercise Optimization

Getting in shape takes a lot of work and for even workout nuts, it can take a lot of planning, research and effort. One theory that I tested: Weight lifting before cardio increases your caloric burn.

The data gathered from the Basis B1 seems to corroborate these claims. In general, I finished my bicycle circuit faster than if I didn’t lift weights beforehand. This results in slightly higher caloric burn.

It’s Not all Roses

Unfortunately, the B1 suffers from a relatively short battery life, easily-scratched watch face, weight and bulk, some sync problems and a complete lack of third party applications.

Battery Life

According to the spec sheet over at Basis, the B1 uses Bluetooth 2.1. A surprising revelation, considering that virtually all wearables use Bluetooth 4.0, with the low energy implementation. I assumed that the refresh of the B1 – the 2014 “Carbon Steel Edition” would have offered better internal components. Unfortunately, only its watchband seems improved. I ended up charging roughly every three days, although without Bluetooth enabled, you could likely get away with around four, or perhaps even five days without charging.

Scratches Easily

The B1 uses a plastic watch face, instead of glass. While a material such as Gorilla Glass would prevent scratches, it would likely be more prone to shattering. I’m of the opinion that Basis should produce a Zagg or Xtremeguard face cover, which would protect the screen better. I actually cut my own protector and it works quite well.

Weight and Bulk

Unlike most other wearables, the B1 takes up a fair amount of space on the arm. While it didn’t feel particularly burdensome after wearing it for a month, it did occasionally snag on countertops, keyboards and desks with regularity, reminding me of its size.

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Sync Problems

I found that Basis’s servers suffered from frequent outages. These outages were particularly bad for the Android app. While it didn’t detract from the utility offered by the B1, it did detract from the otherwise seamless user experience.

could not sync

Lack of Third Party Applications

Although Basis claims that the API is open to developers, I had difficulty tracking down any documentation supporting this claim. The lack of third party apps suggests that either the API isn’t available or that developers aren’t able to use it. Sadly, many of the advanced features of the B1 won’t fully come to fruition until greater support from the development community arrives.

Should you buy the Basis B1 Health Tracker Smartwatch?

In a nutshell, the Basis B1 Health Tracker allows users to test health and fitness theories with hardcore data. This requires that the user do research on the various studies out there regarding weight loss and sleeping patterns. As I’ve demonstrated in this article, by examining the data and comparing it to theoretical claims, the Basis can make a tremendous difference in filtering out fact from fiction.

Compared to competitors, the Basis B1 offers a great combination of a superior sensor suite, reasonable price and great design at the cost of battery life and app support. For those who are willing to look past its shortcomings, the B1 can really improve the quality of your exercise and sleeping habits. Since beginning use of the device, I have noticed a small amount of weight loss along with improved mental focus throughout the day. I can’t conclude that the B1 was 100 percent responsible for my improvement in health, but it seems to be working. Overall, it’s my favorite wearable tech device.

MakeUseOf recommends: Buy it. If you want a simple health-oriented smartwatch, the B1 isn’t for you. But for those interested in a intricate system for optimizing their sleep and activity patterns, or just want a gamification system for tracking their daily activities, this is the wearable tech for you.

How do I win the Basis B1 Health Tracker?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, May 2. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

The Winner

Congratulations, Debbi Richardson! You would have received an email from Please respond before May 22 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Sjaak Weelen
    May 30, 2014 at 7:25 am

    "In general, I found that lifting weights just prior to cardiovascular exercise allowed for greater amounts of caloric burn than aerobic preceded by anaerobic exercise."

    How did you analysis this?

    • Kannon Y
      May 31, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      The Health Tracker includes a caloric burn readout, available from the web interface. I simply lighted weights and then biked and compared the caloric burn to biking and then lifting weights. You get a fair amount more by doing the weight lifting first and then the cardio.

  2. Morrison
    May 3, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Looks like a very cool device. So much functionality in a almost wrist watch sized package!

  3. Brian
    May 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Needs a different style

  4. Eileen
    May 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I'd love to track my sleep!

  5. Danielle
    May 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Awesome product, I want one!

  6. Ariel C
    May 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    awesome gift!

  7. Ariel C
    May 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    This seems great!

  8. Nero T
    May 2, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Great way to stay active

  9. Mehul Boricha
    May 2, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Very cool technology to keep record of our health status ;)

  10. shepherd winfield
    May 2, 2014 at 1:12 am

    So awesome. I'm currently waiting for a sleep study, and this would be a great supplementary tool.

  11. DonnaD
    May 2, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Really cool technology. I'd love to try this.

  12. Rose Holloway
    May 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Looks very interesting

  13. Alysha M
    May 1, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I have always wondered about my sleeping patterns and think this smartwatch would be perfect!!

  14. D-J Russell
    May 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Looks interesting, would need to try it out though.

  15. Peter
    May 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Futuristic revolution in the making. Thanks

  16. Dayna P
    May 1, 2014 at 7:03 am

    This seems like a great item. I would give to to my mother.

  17. Wardell
    May 1, 2014 at 6:22 am

    I wonder how much it motivates people with all those statistical data

  18. Tanvir C
    May 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Health fitness was never so easy and fun :D

  19. Shanaan Cameau
    May 1, 2014 at 1:00 am

    This would be amazing for my dad before father days

  20. Sue Walker
    May 1, 2014 at 12:02 am

    What a perfect addition to help me on my journey to get fit!

  21. Megan
    April 30, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I think its a pretty cool product. Would love to try it out! Would be nice while training!

  22. BobbiJo Pentney
    April 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    This would be amazing to keep track of my progress.

  23. Boris
    April 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Difficult to comment without actually testing he device myself. But it looks promising!

  24. JOJO MA
    April 30, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I need this

  25. Paul
    April 30, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I could most certainly use something to help me track my exercising

  26. Russell Porter
    April 30, 2014 at 12:40 am

    would use this for sure, nice to keep up with my goals.

  27. Abdelrahman El-Feky
    April 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I would buy it.

  28. Karen H
    April 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Love all the features. Great idea.

  29. ProfessAndObey
    April 29, 2014 at 2:43 am

    It seems feature packed, but bulky.

  30. Brent MacLeod
    April 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I think this could help with motivation by giving realtime feedback.

  31. Gord
    April 28, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I think it is a very nice watch and would love to wear one.

  32. Nena S
    April 28, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I would love to have this Smartwatch, I love that you can do so many different things with it! What can I say, I love gadgets, plus I have some health issues, so this would be helpful, too!

  33. William C.
    April 28, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I would find this useful!!

  34. Lusia M.
    April 28, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Looks like something I will use!!

  35. Anita K
    April 28, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I wish I knew this sooner

  36. Becca
    April 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Handy tool to motivate me to be more active.

  37. David Yang
    April 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I like that this device can track fitness and also tell time.

  38. kelly nicholson
    April 27, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    itas interesting..dont know if i need it..thanks

  39. dawn rader
    April 27, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    the technology involved in this device is amazing! I can't believe what it is capable of.

  40. Curtis Aubry
    April 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm


  41. Curtis Aubry
    April 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I can not tell how easy this would to incorporate, that said nothing like feedback and accurate data to motivate

  42. Elizabeth K
    April 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I know my son would really appreciate this technology as a personal trainer

  43. Chris P
    April 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I can see this being quite use for people who want to better understand their sleep patterns and monitor their health

  44. Jo-anne P
    April 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This would be ideal for any health conscience tech nut out there like myself and I am sure the information would prove use in so many ways

  45. Rosanne R
    April 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    This technology is amazing! It would definitely put me on the right road to being more health conscious through monitoring my progress.

  46. gloria patterson
    April 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    It would take me time to figure this all out.......... But could be the best thing that ever happen to me with this.......

  47. dexter
    April 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm


  48. Tracey
    April 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I've been curious about the health watches. I have been researching different ways to monitor my sleep and health as this is something I have struggled with for years. I feel like I would be able to give data to my physician this way we could better trouble shoot my sleep problems.

    You are right it is a little bulkier than the rest but most watches are. I like the fact that it starts monitoring right away and how it syncs ... like I said in the beginning I am curious =)

  49. darci
    April 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I think it would be a great way to up the fitness level and ensure you are getting proper sleep because once you are aware of the actual facts you can do something proactive.

  50. Kimberly M
    April 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Health trackers appeal to me, but I haven't picked one up yet. I like that you can track biking, running, and walking, since I frequently participate in these activities. I also like that you can track sleeping since I have no idea whether my sleeping habits are good or can be improved.

  51. David Smith
    April 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I like all the different sensors and the sleep cycle function. I have problems sleeping because of my back and also diabetic complications and I think it would be interesting what this watch would show for my sleep habits.

  52. Lauren
    April 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Looks like an awesome device! I think it could really help me to live a healthier lifestyle.

  53. Tate S
    April 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Great for tracking your health especially for those heal conscious people

  54. Bill
    April 26, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I'd love to have one

  55. Rachel Cartwright
    April 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I think this is a great way to get into the habit of tracking your parameters and habits. Looks great!

  56. Sam K
    April 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    To me the Basis B1 Health Tracker look good.

  57. Johnna Rhodus
    April 25, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I think it looks pretty nice!

  58. Jack
    April 25, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Looks quite interesting and would enjoy trying one.

  59. Alex B
    April 25, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Good one to use it

  60. sandra
    April 25, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I am most interested in the sleep data aspect of this device

  61. peppe
    April 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    a usefull device

  62. Matthew W
    April 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    When it comes to my health, I like to have ALL the details. It sounds like this watch is a perfect fit for my fitness routine.

  63. Kieron Q
    April 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Use it, well, as a watch XD

  64. Paul H
    April 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Looks interesting - would love to try it out

  65. Beth Elder
    April 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Looks to try it!

  66. Denis K
    April 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Good and useful thing

  67. James
    April 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    While this device looks really good, and has a bunch of great features, the one I would like to see is the option of getting continuous heart rate readings from an optional chest strap rather than the averaged ones they use.

  68. Donna Doyle
    April 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    This is awesome. I would use it to see my fitness levels.

  69. Elmar P
    April 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Not bad as a giveaway :)

  70. mary
    April 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I would actually use this towards my weight loss goals.

  71. Angela in AR
    April 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I would love to use the B1 to work on my sleep patterns.

  72. Mai Tran
    April 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Cool and useful, if only the design is as nice as a Suunto.

  73. diane
    April 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    easy way to monitor sleep

  74. Carla S
    April 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I love this tracker.It would tell you how many calories you are actually burning instead of going by machine estimates.

  75. Adly A
    April 24, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Easy way to monitor body health.

  76. Nick K
    April 24, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Due to my unenviable medical position (nothing huge, just a oh, and him too as well as possible) I would be very interested in a technology that tracks me health, assuming it tracks based on standards I don't even pretend to live up to. I'm more interested is what it does with what seems weird to most diagnostic ideals. :D

  77. Prajwal
    April 24, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Help to keep the owner fit and fine

  78. Caroline M
    April 24, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I think it would definitely help me achieve some of my health-related goals.

  79. gayle bellemare
    April 24, 2014 at 1:16 am

    The Basis B1 Health Tracker is likely a great tool for those looking to get or stay fit, who are motivated but need feedback to keep them going on the right track. I would love to take this for a walk, run, ride, nap... you name it and I'll wear it :)

  80. Craig
    April 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Awesome gadget!

  81. Sandi Tymchuk
    April 23, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I'm interested in what it would find in terms of my sleep and activity.

  82. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    April 23, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I think that the Basis B1 Health Tracker is probably the best such device on the market. Thanks for a great in-depth review too.

  83. Carol Saponja
    April 23, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    love to win this

  84. Mark Martin
    April 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm


  85. Enelram L
    April 23, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I love how fashionable it is!

  86. Peter Sewerniuk
    April 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    The "ONE AND ONLY".

  87. Todd Hochman
    April 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    its ok....but is it accurate

    • Kannon Y
      April 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      In my experience, the heart rate monitor and sleep tracker were very accurate. But for heart rate to work properly required tightening the band quite a bit. To the point where it was uncomfortable.

  88. doe smith
    April 23, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Lots of potential especially medical feild

  89. l p
    April 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    looks like something worth trying. thanks

  90. Cb M
    April 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I'd love to try one out!

  91. Mark Hansen
    April 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    It seems very cool, especially how detailed the sleep analysis is. I would certainly experiment with my sleep patterns, hopefully resulting in bettering it.

  92. Francesco Fiorino
    April 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    It's a very useful device! I'd appreciate it a lot!

  93. Beh H
    April 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    A nice gadget to have!

  94. Hal jenner
    April 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I like it. looks like a good way to track my beginning exercise program

  95. Roberta T
    April 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    It's a serious health tracker I'd like to try ... and own!

  96. robert
    April 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    love it

  97. Wilson
    April 23, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    A very neat gadget

  98. Poignant T
    April 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

    great technology!

  99. Jason kinnin
    April 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

    what a smart piece of technology!

  100. Kaushik M
    April 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Awesome Giveaway ! Simple the best ! Thanks for this Giveaway ! Hope to be a Lucky one !

  101. Bryan
    April 23, 2014 at 7:58 am

    It has a lot of new features!

  102. DAN J
    April 23, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I could see using this for a short time, then giving it to my parents and then gorging on a 6 pack of beer & a really greasy pizza.

  103. Vic L
    April 23, 2014 at 4:47 am

    New and very geeky. I know there is an app for android that can do sleep tracking, but portable device like this is awesome.

  104. Lawrence Wolfson
    April 23, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I already use fitbit and witherings so this would be great

  105. Obed C
    April 23, 2014 at 1:59 am

    I am in the market of buying a fitness wristband my first choice was the Fitbit Force because the support of 3rd party apps and the ability of it to count stairs steps. The 2014 Ed of Basis B1 is my second choice due to the fact it has a heart rate monitor which made the calories burn somewhate more accurate than Fitbit Force.

    I've read a lot of reviews and sure I'll be buying the Basis B1

  106. Mark M
    April 23, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I use a heart-rate monitor watch (Polar Brand), so it doesn't do nearly as much as this Basis watch does. I'd like to try it just for the sleep monitor alone.

  107. Larry
    April 22, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Sounds interesting but do I want a device that points out all my bad habits?

  108. Anne
    April 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Just started Pulmonary Rehab...would be good to be able to track when I'm on my own

  109. Dave W
    April 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I want to lose weight and think clearer so I think this device is awesome.

  110. Helana
    April 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    It sounds like a really good tool for tracking exercise and sleep patterns, which are the two things I'd be most interested in, in the way of a smartwatch.

  111. Thiagu
    April 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Interesting pack of features in a watch

  112. Dmitriy S
    April 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Useful device, I would try it!

  113. paul
    April 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    not there yet.

  114. Francisco
    April 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I own a Basis B1, and I like it a lot, sleep tracker is the best also their e-mail technical support. The brightness on the screen is low at times and occasionally the sleep data is never stored and synced to phone (Basis is working in a solution for this firmware bug).

  115. Charles R
    April 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I bought and used a 2nd gen Jawbone UP with my Galaxy SIII for a few weeks before returning it. The Basis B1 is much more capable and useful. I definitely used the UP as intended, but the abilities were limited compared to the B1.

  116. Travis Faulkner
    April 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I dont know. I think it could be useful.

  117. Dennis Dubs
    April 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I need help with my heart problems this could bed the thing

  118. Hugo Ferreira
    April 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Interested in the heart rate monitor, that makes the diference from the other health trackers

  119. Scott T
    April 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I think this is awesome! It tracks your exercise, sleep, you name it! I want one!

  120. BrianP
    April 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Interested for sleeping results

  121. Don
    April 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    The bulk could be a nuisance, but the watch I wear now is a bit bulky and it only tells time. The B1 could be a nice upgrade, esp. for fitness tracking.

  122. Dan K
    April 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    It looks fine to help with keeping your health

  123. Isaac C
    April 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I would try it for my sleeping habit.

  124. Kelly R
    April 22, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Anything that makes you think better about your health is a good thing. Nothing is more important that personal health.

  125. Vladislav G
    April 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I will use it for biking.

  126. Nicholas S
    April 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    It seems like a perfect gadget for fitness freaks!

  127. Scott P. Johnson
    April 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I like the "gamification" aspect of this implementation. And the design looks sort of retro-futurish.

  128. Simone
    April 22, 2014 at 9:53 am

    It seems good, but a bit bulky for a so small display...and a not so good battery life

  129. paulie
    April 22, 2014 at 9:23 am

    i think its good as a entry level unit

  130. moorandro
    April 22, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Tracking my activities and my health in the same time would be awesome

  131. Csanad SZOVERFI
    April 22, 2014 at 8:12 am

    This could be the wearable for me. I was very eager to buy one, but I was not convinced so far by any of them. According to the description and due to my daily activities the Basis B1 is THE wearabel for me! Hope to win the giveaway :-)
    Best of luck to everyone in the contest!

  132. Bienvenido Masaluñga Jr.
    April 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

    It is not bad at all. But the feature is limited. But I like its physical appearance and look.
    It is a very useful smart watch in my opinion and it looks promising. ?

  133. Florentin
    April 22, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Because I have a job that monopolizing me, it is the best thing I need for my health.

  134. Paul Y
    April 22, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Gotta start somewhere

  135. Aaron
    April 22, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Pretty cool, especially for free.

  136. Janel M
    April 22, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I think it's a fantastic tool for everyday people to learn more about their own sleep and fitness, and set attainable goals accordingly.

  137. Gibran R
    April 22, 2014 at 1:36 am

    It's a very cool way to be aware of your body's conditions. We should do that more often.

  138. Brandon Bethea
    April 22, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Really interesting entry to the wearable market. I'm intrigued by what Apple is going to drop, based on their newest health-oriented apps/software.

  139. ira
    April 21, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Interesting device. Could be my first wearable

  140. Justin K
    April 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I'm trying to get healthy so this would help. It seems like something I'd enjoy!

  141. Tina F
    April 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    love to try it with now having issues possibly with my heart this could be very useful for me Looks very interesting

  142. Julian
    April 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I like the design though concerned that the size may be an issue.

  143. Andrew
    April 21, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    It's an interesting device. I'm not sure how useful it would be to me. It's certainly big.

  144. Dan D
    April 21, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Sounds pretty awesome. I really need to get in better shape these days and maybe this would give me some motivation.

  145. Tushar
    April 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Interesting and a good tool.

  146. Va D
    April 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    It sounds great and all but it's double the price of the other fitness trackers. I have the Fitbit Ultra and from reading all the features they are pretty similar in all respects except that it's a wearable watch. Hopefully I get to test this if I win.

  147. Jared Turner
    April 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    It seems to be the best fitness tracker out there

  148. Tejash C
    April 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Very interesting I must say! The features are really cool!

  149. Mihir C
    April 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Seems very interesting and the areas it covers are pretty remarkable! Should be good for use too!

  150. nitin hassija
    April 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Different and interesting.

  151. Paul Werner
    April 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Looks nice but bulky

  152. Antonio R
    April 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    It's very interesting to give it a try.

  153. Daniel
    April 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    The bulkiness of it scares me...but I could overlook that if I got it for free.

  154. Catherine R
    April 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I think this is another interesting tool to use to stay healthy, would love to try it.

  155. Ralph
    April 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I think device might be a good tool to help you lose weight..

  156. Nikhil N
    April 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I just loved the device and its features.

  157. Nicolas D
    April 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Love the stats :-)

  158. Serg
    April 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Like!! Could be fun trying it and see the results.

  159. Eric G.
    April 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Had checked this out before I bought the Force, now I am looking for a new tracker again. Basis was on the top of my list.

  160. Endracion
    April 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Honestly, without even trying it, it seems to have way too many features. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but this is definitely not for most users.

  161. Roberto Rother
    April 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I've been looking for a fitness tracker that is more than the basic one out there, and it seems this will fit the bill. If I do not win one in the giveaway, I'll probably will end up buying one with in 6 months.

  162. Howell
    April 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I want to try it out and see what informationit gives me.

  163. Youssef B
    April 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    prety looking device

  164. Eugenie
    April 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    The Basis B1 is something that I want to try out to see how my physical activities and sleep patterns affect me.

  165. Alain D
    April 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Still nedds a little more miniaturisation but it's certainly getting there! Good review THX

  166. Claude
    April 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    It offers more than you'd expect. Could be fun trying it and see the results.

  167. Cass
    April 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I've always been interested in Basis due to its heart rate and other sensors rather than just tracking activity. Haven't taken the plunge yet due to price. The sleep chart on here looks a lot more interesting than the sleep chart I get with Fitbit.

  168. Ed
    April 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Looks good. Would have to try it out first.

  169. Sean
    April 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Looks like a solid product. I would be interested in getting a look at the API.

  170. Eric R
    April 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Would love to try it as I just started a fitness plan

  171. Aaron M
    April 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Basis looks like a pretty nice device, though it looks like it has a ways to go before it is ready for primetime.

  172. Dany B
    April 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    It seem interresting, but it would be easyer to have an optinion if I had it to try it.

  173. Drew Lebauer
    April 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Hard to have an opinion without seeing or trying it first.

  174. Chris
    April 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    While I truly despise most wearables this one looks like it is on the right track. I would like to try one and do a review myself.

  175. Kevin
    April 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I need a watch. And this one has a few additional perks that make it an awesome watch! Has a few drawbacks but hey, it's all good!

  176. Mklopez
    April 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I'd prefer a full phone companion watch that also has body-tracking abilities.

  177. Semel
    April 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I think it's amazing!

  178. Paul-kristjan A
    April 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I am in need of a watch, doesn't matter to me if it's a classic watch or a smartwatch, it's all good to me.