Intel: Basis Peak smartwatch will trump Apple's heart rate tech

Intel exec backs smartwatch to triumph using 'actual science'
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While we revealed last week that Intel was set to release its first smartwatch, the details surrounding it were pretty scarce.

The Peak is the first fruit from the company’s acquisition of Basis last March. It was first outed at the Intel Developer’s Forum in San Francisco, with corporate vice president Mike Bell showing off the futuristic looking sleep and activity tracker that took the game to Apple’s iWatch with its bevy of sensors.

Update: Intel Basis Peak now official

But, what else will the watch offer? Well, according to Pocket-Lint interview with Bell, the Peak will pack far superior heart rate tech than any other device on the market today, including the Apple Watch

"Something that gives you a [heart rate] snapshot every once in a while is kind of fun to play with but – and I heard something about the Apple Watch – that's not the same as something that can help you figure out how to change your lifestyle; to help people perform better or feel better” Bell told the site.

The Intel exec also talked up the style credentials of the new wearable, boasting “I like joking that the back of ours looks better than the front of a lot of others.” With smartwatch makers seriously upping the design stakes, such as the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R, Bell should hope that the front of the Basis Peak looks even better.

Basis has a strong track record in the wearable industry, even prior to the big-money Intel takeover, with the B1 Band finding its way onto our round-up of the best best wrist-worn sleep trackers money can buy.

Former Apple employee Bell was still tight-lipped during the interview, but did let slip that one of the reasons the computing giant took on Basis was because, “there was actual science to back up what they were saying; there were studies to prove correlation between the results they got compared to things that are more invasive."

We don’t expect to get our first glimpse until CES 2015 in January, but in the mean time check out our round ups of the best fitness trackers and best smartwatches.

Source: Pocket-lint

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