Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 10, 2015
Last year in a post titled "Who's Data Is It Anyway?" we shared our concerns that wearable owners were not being given access to their own personal data by OEMs. One example was the Basis Peak (acquired by Intel). Well it looks like the recent firmware upgrade has addressed this issue! The company's blog states "Our new data export feature lets you populate your own charts and graphs with your activity and fitness metrics, do customized analyses, in-depth comparisons and more". To learn more about their data export policy, you can visit their support section here.
Other improvements include user notifications for calls and texts that cause the Basis Peak to vibrate and display an on-screen alerts. Clearly the objective of the firmware update was to kill two birds with one stone - solve the data access issue, and make the Peak behave more like a smartwatch than a fitness tracker. Perhaps this was Peak's way of combating the impending threat posed by Apple, Swatch and others. Many predict that smartwatch sector will be worth in excess of $26bn by 2020, so everything is to play for!
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