Basis Fitness Watch Update Will Auto-detect Activity Levels

Basis fitness tracker can now detect when you’re moving, tally up the calorie burn (video)

These added capabilities are part of a Basis’s new Body IQ technology, and reportedly work automatically whenever you’re wearing the watch, without any need to push buttons or log into your Web account to indicate when you’re active. The Body IQ technology also will collect information about your rest by figuring out when you fall asleep and when you wake up. Basis has also added some new features and “habit cards” to its website, where Basis users access their accounts to see all the data the watch collects about them. Habit cards keep track of goals that users set, such as how many times a week the user walks more than 10,000 steps or how often she gets more than six hours of sleep. New habit cards include Run Club for runners and Let’s Ride for cyclists. With the Body IQ update, the website also now lets Basis owners see more of their metrics at once in a comparison view, as shown in the image below.
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The 150,000-square-foot, $40 million facility is one of more than 100 fitness centers operated by Minnesota-based Life Time. It was built on a 9.3-acre tract and includes two indoor pools and one outdoor pool, a salon, a cafe, child care, and spaces for team sports, dance, exercise and martial arts classes, and other activities. The center is starting out with 200 employees, including fitness instructors, personal trainers, child care workers, lifeguards and others, according to General Manager Phil Zerante. The center is expected to have more than 300 employees next summer, when the outdoor pool is open. The club is the third Life Time center in New Jersey, joining clubs in Florham Park and Berkeley Heights.
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Life Time Fitness brings 200 jobs to Montvale

The $40 million facility in Montvale is one of more than 100 Life Time centers.

Thanks to a firmware update rolling out today, the $199 Basis fitness band can now automatically detect when you’re moving — and calculate the calorie burn accordingly. In particular, the watch knows when you’re walking, running or biking without you having to press a button or enable some sort of activity mode. And that makes sense, when you think about it: one of the Basis band’s original defining features was its ability to tell when you’d gone to sleep. As you’d expect, you’ll be able to pore over all this data using either the web console or one of the company’s mobile apps (the Basis band already tracks vitals like sweat output, heat dissipation, blood flow and heart rate). Additionally, Basis also added running and bicycling “clubs (for lack of a better word), to help you get into the habit of doing these things more often.
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