[Cyborg] heart rate from your wrist

Chung-Hay Luk luk at chunghay.com
Fri Jun 29 17:51:21 UTC 2012

Alpha has a video clip comparing their technology to the Polar chest strap,
and it looks solid for a proof of concept. The form factor is not there,
though the clip was taken in Jan. of this year:


I don't work in this field, so hopefully some of you can provide proper
insight. And/or more news about Basis.


On Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM, Jean Rintoul <jean.rintoul at gmail.com>wrote:

> Technology licensed from Philips, by the owner of Mio. Still looks very
> prototypey, and obviously 100k isn't enough to do much of what is listed.
> P.s. Basis is doing the same thing except is closer to releasing. When
> Basis saw Jawbone mess up it decided to really hone in it's manufacturing
> processes and we are pretty close... and not lying, so stop dissing the
> delayed release date!
> Jean
> On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alphaheartrate/alpha-the-holy-grail-of-heart-rate-look-ma-no-hand
>> Anyone know anything about these guys?  They basically claim that with
>> the addition of an accelerometer, they are able to get "EKG quality"
>> heart-rate data using optical techniques on your wrist.  The
>> accelerometer basically allows them to compensate for the effects of
>> motion.  I'm a little skeptical, there many many teams working on this
>> kind of thing, some for YEARS, and I haven't seen any successes yet...
>> what makes their tech better?  It worries me that their "testing QA" is
>> still in the future, I wonder how much testing they have actually done
>> so far?  This tech is easy in theory, but super super difficult in
>> practice...
>> (see for instance https://mybasis.com/ - still letting you "Reserve Now"
>> almost two years after the initially promised launch date... now
>> refusing to even offer estimated launch dates... they do deserve some
>> credit for NOT launching a half-baked crappy product, of course :-)
>> Eric
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