Basis

By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2016
Intel subsidiary Basis is recalling its Peak fitness tracking watch. The company halted production of the device at the end of June due to an overheating issue that affected just 0.2 percent of the watches on the market, but had hoped to fix the issue with a software update. Now, developers are throwing in the towel, issuing a voluntary recall, and offering full refunds. "We had hoped to update...
By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2016
Basis Science, the high-end fitness wearable company that was acquired by Intel in March 2014, has halted sales of its newest device, the Basis Peak, because of concerns about overheating. The company won't sell any more devices -- and has requested that its users not wear those they currently own -- until it completes a software update that will shut down the device when it begins to overheat. "...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2016
Two of the biggest IPOs in digital health lately have come out of the wearable and telehealth spaces. But those aren't the spaces at least two seasoned digital health investors are most excited about. At BIO 2016 in San Francisco last week, Casper de Clerq, a general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, and Dr. Lucian Iancovici, a general partner at dRx Capital, Qualcomm and Novartis' joint...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2016
Updated with statement from Fitbit. Fitbit's ongoing legal battle with Jawbone about patents has heated up recently, as Fitbit claims that certain Jawbone patents are overly broad and thus invalid. Fitbit is challenging a Jawbone patent before the US Patent and Trade Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as asking the ITC to throw out three others based on a Supreme Court precedent....
By Aditi Pai December 16, 2015
Although the activity tracking and consumer health market is growing more crowded every day, Casper de Clercq, an investor recently promoted to general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, said in the future it will be medical-focused, not consumer, wearable companies that offer the better return on investment. Clercq has invested in consumer health companies, including Misfit and Basis, which...
By Brian Dolan August 17, 2015
Practice Fusion's Ryan Howard (right) and MobiHealthNews' Jonah Comstock at Health 2.0 2014 (Source: Health 2.0) Practice Fusion announced that its CEO and founder Ryan Howard will step back away from the helm of the cloud-based EHR company, but will stay on as the company's board chairman. Tom Langan, Practice Fusion's chief commercial officer, will become the company's interim CEO. According...
By Jonah Comstock May 19, 2015
Intel's Basis Peak will now connect to Apple HealthKit and Google Fit, both exporting the data tracked by its wearable and importing a small amount of data from Apple HealthKit. In addition, the company is launching a number of small firmware and software updates to its device, new band accessories, and a new limited edition version of the Basis Peak. Prior to this update, Basis users could push...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2015
The VA Boston Healthcare System will launch a pilot using the Basis Peak wearable. The wristworn device will be used to evaluate the effect of a drug on veterans' sleep habits. San Francisco-based Basis, which was acquired by Intel last year, is donating 1,000 Basis devices to the Boston VA, some of which will be used for the sleep study, and others of which will be used for the VA's Move! weight...
By Aditi Pai November 13, 2014
Thirteen percent of consumers plan to purchase a health or fitness wearable device within the next year, according to a survey of 2,000 consumers from Acquity Group, a subsidiary of Accenture. Acquity Group questioned consumers about all internet of things (IoT) technologies, which the company defines as everyday devices that connect to the internet through embedded sensors and computing power...
By Jonah Comstock September 11, 2014
Apple's big wearable announcement Tuesday was met with excitement by some and disappointment by others. While health and fitness is a major selling point of the device, it's not the standout health wearable that it might have been. And with a price point starting at $349, it's a hard sell for consumers just looking for a better Fitbit. The health tracker Apple Watch most resembles is the Basis...