Basis Science (formerly Pulsetracer) reveals design and features of health watch

by Rob Lewis | Business

Last March Techvibes reported that Vancouver-born Pulsetracer has raised a $9 million Series A round from Norwest Venture Partners and DCM.

Six year-old Pulsetracer has been renamed Basis Science and in anticipation of its showcase at Health 2.0, the startup revealed last week the design and features of its B1 Basis Band that will launch in the market later this year.

While there are a number of health-tracking devices on the market today, TechCrunch's Rip Empson thinks the Basis Band is poised to be a disruptive product in the health space.


Priced at $199, the Band is on the expensive side but not unreasonable considering the heart and health tracker boasts multiple sensors that measure heart rate continuously, along with calories burned, sleep patterns, and other physiological metrics. What’s more, the device boasts an LCD touchscreen interface that allows for easy navigation and displays the date and time — potentially making it a pretty great replacement for your measly old wrist watch.

In May Basis announced that Jef Holove would be taking over for founder Nadeem Kassam as CEO. Holove was previously CEO at wireless photo card maker Eye-Fi.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Basis is an easy to wear watch that continuously measures heart rate and other vital signs directly from the wrist, no chest strap needed. It connects via Bluetooth to mobile and web where our focus is on providing users with a fun way to manage their biometric data. To keep things simple we focus on stress, sleep, and activity. Web and mobile features include custom graphing with game and... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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