Menu
Intel acquires health band maker Basis Science

Intel acquires health band maker Basis Science

Basis band adds to chipmaker's growing arsenal of wearable technologies

In another sign of the mainstream growth of wearable devices, Intel has acquired high-end health tracker maker Basis Science.

The San Francisco-based startup produces the Basis band, billed as an advanced health-tracking wristband.

Intel did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said the trackers will still be sold and supported through existing channels.

The chipmaker said its strategy is to create wearable reference devices, SoCs (systems on a chip) and other technology platforms "ready to be used by customers in development of wearable products."

Basis will be incorporated into Intel's New Devices Group, where former Basis CEO Jef Holove is now a general manager.

"Intel has a broad wearables strategy and we are now a key part of it," Basis wrote in a blog post.

The acquisition of Basis gives Intel immediate entry into the health tracking wearables market, Mike Bell, Intel vice president and general manager of the New Devices Group, said in a statement.

At CES 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich focused on the company's push into wearables during his keynote address, showing off smart earbuds for runners that can measure heart rate and display the data on a smartphone screen.

He also featured the Jarvis earpiece, a smooth-talking personal assistant that can make dinner reservations and scan email.

In 2013, Intel invested in Thalmic Labs, which makes the MYO gestural armband, and Recon Instruments, which is behind the Jet, a heads-up display for sports that has some similarities with Google Glass.

The US$199 Basis band has sensors that sit against the skin and can analyze sleep patterns, motion, heart rate, calorie expenditure, perspiration and skin temperature around the clock. Of course, it also tells the time.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags intelconsumer electronicsBasis Science

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Reseller News honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel
Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments