Amazon just recently launched a new gadget called the Halo band, a smart gadget that monitors various aspects of the user’s health status.
A press release was published on an Amazon blog on Thursday, providing details about the new technology.
The Halo band does not quite work similarly to a smart watch. What sets it apart is that the band is connected to the Halo mobile application that the user needs to install on their smartphone and that is how they are able to view and access the information that the band collects. The device is now available for early access in the United States on the Amazon online store.
The mechanism of the device is backed by AI-powered software tools that process the information given by the hardware (band) via enhanced sensors that are integrated within the screen-less wrist band. It possesses more than the typical features that similar devices available in the market right now offers. Apart from tracking physical activity and sleep, Amazon’s new tech will be able to delve into more controversial aspects of the user’s body.
There are five ‘core features’ of the Halo band that coordinate in generating data that are analyzed and delivered in a comprehensive way to the user, giving them an accurate and concise analysis of the measurements that the band has taken and their implications to the overall state of health of the wearer.
Supported by the American Heart Association, users will gain points for engaging in physical activity such as walking or running. The more intense the activity, the bigger the points that can be earned. This will encourage users to be more physically active. The system sets a base score of 150 points, and the absence or presence of activity will decrease and increase that amount respectively.
Halo will be able to detect temperature, motion, and pulse rate to monitor the sleeping patterns of the user. With that data, analysis of the depth and duration of sleep that the user experiences is done. When the user wakes, Halo will rate the quality of sleep based on that information, and other vital details. Good sleep is largely associated with a person’s overall well-being and this feature can be of great help in improving sleeping habits.
One remarkable feature about the Halo is its ability to measure body fat albeit that being quite a difficult technology to achieve but somehow Amazon was able to integrate it in an affordable device. The BMI (Body Mass Index) is an essential indication of a person’s overall health and with the advanced machinery in the band, people can monitor that aspect of their physiological health. It is also capable of producing a 3D image of your body and how it would look depending on the amount of weight gain or loss. While it isn’t exactly your body, but an image is formed based on the data that you input, like weight, height, and sex.
Health is not just about the physical state. Mental and emotional well-being is also a huge part in determining how healthy someone is. The Tone feature of Amazon Halo analyzes your voice and performs an in-depth dissection of it to produce suggestions to the user that will help them communicate better with others, adjust their communication skills to build better relationships because of social well-being also means being well-rounded and having good relations with other people.
The Labs feature is packed with scientific challenges that users can opt to partake in. They can be in the form of experiments in diet or workout regimens. Through the user’s performance on the challenges, the Halo app can draw conclusions and provide the most optimal health options that the user can benefit the most from. The challenges are rested assured supported and approved by medical experts and collaborated on by popular health brands and agencies.
“Amazon Halo combines the latest medical science, highly accurate data via the Halo Band sensors, and cutting-edge artificial intelligence to offer a more comprehensive approach to improving your health and wellness,” says Dr. Maulik Majmudar, the head medical officer employed in the development of the Amazon Halo.
Privacy concerns have come to arise along with the news of this technology. However, the Amazon team assured that the information being fed into the app is only used once and then disposed of because the information that the system requires is real-time, so then there would be no use in storing previous information. The data does not go to any cloud server, only processed in the app on the device.
At $99.99, users can own the Amazon Halo band and have the first six months of membership on the Halo app for free. After that, the subscription will then cost $3.99 every month. Users can opt for black, gray, or rose gold of the band. It has no display screen and the battery lasts around seven days.