Is there anything more delightful than a product getting new features months after you bought it? 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. If you've already got a Basis tracker in hand, you'll need to take the device off your wrist just long enough to download the software update over USB. Check it out and let us know how it goes.
Basis Band with Body IQ