Intel-owned fitness tracker company Basis has announced a sweeping recall of its Peak and B-1smartwatches over concerns the battery could get too hot and injure someone. So how many units are being recalled? All of them. That’s right, if you own a Basis Peak or B-1 device, you can – and really, you should – send it back for a refund.
Basis says less than one percent of their watches have the battery overheating problem, but so far, attempts to remedy the issue have not been successful. So, they want all of them back. And if you’ve got one and return it, fair warning: your online fitness data will only be around until the end of this year, at which point it will turn to vapor, so you might want to start scribbling down your workout details. Here’s the link to help you get started on getting your refund.
Silicon Valley is full of origin stories that begin in garages. Companies like H/P, Apple and others got their start in such humble surroundings, so it’s no wonder that when those companies get big, they build some pretty swank “garages.” Such is the case with Facebook, which just gave the press access to “Area 404,” their shiny new 22,000 square foot product development facility in Menlo Park. So what does on behind the thick steel doors at the top-secret site?
Facebook says work there will focus on products such as the Oculus Rift VR system, 360-degree cameras, and the Facebook Connectivity Lab, which likely includes designing big drones used to bring internet – and Facebook – to areas of the world with no cable modems or wifi. Also, team members from secretive “Building 8,” headed up by brainiac Regina Dugan, who may or may not be an evil genius but did head up DARPA for a while, will also use the facility.
And Moon Express, a small Florida-based outfit looking to win the $30 million dollar Google Lunar X-Prize, has gotten official clearance… to go to the moon. MoonEx, which has Silicon Valley leadership and backing, is still working on a lander and is among 16 teams vying for the big moon landing prize.
In order to win, teams must get a lander/rover to the moon, drive a minimum of 500 meters and send HD photos and video back to Earth for us to enjoy. Sounds simple, right? Yeah, it totally isn’t. Anyway, MoonEx is hoping to send their rover to the moon next fall aboard a Rocket Lab rocket. We wish them the best of luck and we think they should name the rover “Alice.”