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September 1, 2020 by Samra Nisar with 0 comments

Amazon Halo Fitness Band Takes On Fitbit And Apple Watch!


Amazon has recently launched its new Amazon Halo fitness band and subscription wellness service, Halo. Some of the key features of Halo include an accelerometer, a heart rate monitor, a temperature sensor, two microphones and an LED indicator light. Amazon has not mentioned if the device can have Alexa integration. However, those microphones could also be utilized for a feature dedicated to tracking a user’s mood through the tone of their voice.

Unlike Fitbit Smart Watch and Apple Smart Watch in Pakistan and other parts of the world, users of Amazon Halo fitness band will not have a range of connectivity options, such as GPS, Wi-Fi or cellular. Users can communicate through the phone’s Bluetooth.

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How does the Amazon Halo Band work?

From a technical point of view, the Amazon Halo Band uses the new Amazon Halo service. Amazon Halo is an amalgamation of several AI-powered health tools that are within Halo Band’s sensor. These tools provide actionable insights into the wellness and health of the user due to the sensor. The data also revolves around five different areas.

All of the data can be directly accessed from the Amazon Halo app. The five cores include Activity, Sleep, Body, Tone, and Labs. To access the Amazon Halo service, there is a monthly membership fee of nearly $3.99 a month plus tax. You will be required to contact Amazon Customer Service to cancel.

Colors, materials, and sizes of Amazon Halo Band

Since its launch, the amazon halo fitness band has three fabric colors to select from Black fabric band + Onyx sensor capsule, Blush fabric band + Rose Gold capsule, and winter fabric band + Silver sensor capsule. However, only fabric is available on launch. There are six more fabric colors being sold as separate accessory bands. Users that want to know the price of Amazon halo fitness band price in Pakistan, these watches would be sold at a special early access price of $19.99 each.

The colors will most probably include Denim, Hummingbird, Mint Edge, Olive, Unicorn, and Volcano. Amazon will also come up with silicone sport accessory bands, at the special early access price of $15.99 each, in nine more colors: Ash, Black, Dark Mint, Domino, Lavender, Pink Slate, Seafoam, Sunset, and White.

Users who want to know the sizes of amazon halo fitness band in Pakistan, the band will be available in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. Small fits wrist circumference 5.25-to-6-inches, medium 5.75-to-7-inches, and large 6.75-to-7.75-inches.

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Tracking voice tone

Amazon has stated that the tracking voice tone feature complements different conventional metrics. It uses machine learning for measuring how a user sounds before turning the analysis into their daily summary. The technology runs intermittently in the background at the course of a day. It takes short speech samples and analyzing its acoustic characteristics for understanding how a user is interacting with those around them. If users prefer for opting out this feature, the amazon halo fitness band will have a physical button that turns the microphones off.

Body scans

Unlike Fitbit smartwatch in Pakistan, Amazon places significant emphasis on emotional wellbeing by the means of its Tone feature. It is including tools for those that buy wearables for fitness purposes. A significant feature that comes with the subscription service of Halo is body scanning.

The accompanying app of the Amazon halo fitness band allows users to scan their bodies with a smartphone camera. This can help them to have exact details of their body fat percentage. According to Amazon, body fat percentage is a better measure of overall health rather than body mass index or weight. Amazon said that it deletes 3D scans from its servers after processing.

It is essential to note that the Amazon Halo fitness band is not a medical device. Moreover, Amazon has not submitted any type of FDA approval. The body scanning feature comes with sliders. They allow users to view what they can look like with excessive body fat. However, this feature could well be very dangerous for individuals having anorexia, body dysmorphic disorder or various other self-image issues.

Amazon has also stated that it aims to secure against other medical issues by recommending that users only scan themselves every two weeks. The Amazon Halo app will also provide users with information regarding how low body fat could result in increased risk for certain health problems. Amazon has only made the feature available for users that are 18 years old and above.

Dr. Maulik Majmudar, principal medical officer for Amazon Halo, in Amazon’s announcement has stated: “We are using Amazon’s deep expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning to offer customers a new way to discover, adopt, and maintain personalized wellness habits. Health is much more than just the number of steps you take in a day or hours you sleep.”

Amazon Halo price and subscription charges

When compared with other smartwatch price in Pakistan and other parts of the world, Amazon Halo fitness band is comparatively less expensive. The initial selling price of Amazon Halo is $95 USD. However, it also has limited time early access pricing of $65 USD. This is certainly low when compared with Fitbit smartwatch price in Pakistan and Apple watch price in Pakistan.

To get some of Halo’s best features, users will need to have a monthly subscription that costs about $5.25 USD. Considering you can get similar features from competitors without the monthly fee, as well as a more feature-rich tracker, it’s hard to imagine Halo taking off.

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