We reviewed the Basis B1 health tracker during the summer, and not only awarded it an Editor’s Choice badge, but also noted how it stood out from the competition thanks to, “The variety and depth of the data it collects.” Now, Basis Science has improved the B1’s ability to monitor every aspect of your life even further, by introducing an in-depth sleep analysis system.
Basis’ Advanced Sleep Analysis package is almost frighteningly comprehensive. It identifies your REM, deep, and light sleep phases, while also keeping a watch on, “toss and turn” activity, plus any interruptions and the total duration. Basis CEO Jef Holove justifies the update by saying “Proper sleep is just as important as exercise and good nutrition for a healthy lifestyle.”
So what does the B1 do with all this data? Through its mobile or Web apps, a personalized sleep chart will be built over time, including a daily and average sleep score – yes, it really does sound like sleep has been gamified. You’ll be given an overall “Personal Sleep Score,” which can be improved by getting a better night’s sleep, or maintaining a consistent time for going to bed and waking up in the morning.
With Advanced Sleep Analysis added to the Basis B1 watch, it becomes the only health tracker available which not only recognizes the three phases of sleep, but also automatically switches over to its night mode. Existing B1 owners will get all these features on January 21 through version 2.0 of the dedicated Android or iOS app.
If this has tempted you into buying a B1 watch, then you may be interested in the new 2014 Carbon Steel Edition, which is now on sale through Basis’ own website for $200. Promising, “A new look, fit, and feel,” the design has been tweaked, a polished chrome trim added, and a new silicone strap fitted. If you don’t mind waiting a while so you can pick one up in a store, then Best Buy will have the Carbon Steel B1 on its shelves from February 2.