Amazon Halo Wristband a gadget that tracks your mood and decides whether the owner is happy or sad.
E-commerce giant Amazon has launched a gadget a fitness wrist band Halo which will secretly track owners mood and decide whether they are happy or sad based on their voice tones.
The band has a pair of always-on microphone is which will listen and analyze users mood and voice tone. The band will listen and study the users periodically with a little training and will categorize their emotions into various buckets like hesitant, elated or hopeful.
The AI technology used in the device will try to gauge information of users related to their weight and body fat by asking them to take a undressed selfie with the app . This service however will cost you at $3.99 per month in the U.S.
According to Amazon the device is much capable of doing things with less due to this feature. Amazon Halo is available at $99. It looks like a smart wrist watch but turned inside out and without a screen. It has simple array of sensors as compared to his core competitors.
It does simple tracking of basic health and exertion with the help of built in sensors like the accelerometer, heart rate monitor and temperature sensor. The device however cannot function accurately in the absence of GSP also it lacks advanced features like the Apple Watch EKG.
Amazon hopes to bridge the gap it lacks with its AI tool using its pure sensors. Citing guidance for the American Heart Association company says," Halo analyses the intensity and duration of your movement, not just steps,”
Dr. Maullik Majumdar, Amazons Halo's Principle medical officer says," “Despite the rise in digital health services and devices over the last decade, we have not seen a corresponding improvement in population health in the US. 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,”
Adding further she said, “Amazon is building a surveillance empire, a privately owned panopticon,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future. “That’s their entire business model. They harvest enormous amounts of data about the most intimate details of our lives and use it to fuel their profit machine and strengthen their monopolistic grip.
“A wearable device that scans your body and polices your tone of voice is very on-brand for a company that seems hellbent on bringing dystopian science fiction to life,”
Many might expect but the always-on microphone isn't connected with Alexa right now but it is HALO's Tone system which helps it analyze voice tones. Amazon says that the recorded data will never be uploaded to the cloud it is used to analyze user device and will be deleted after.
HALO comes with a new feature where it asks the user to take a selfie using the app which it will use to analyze body metrics like body fats.
Company says," “Health is inherently personal, and taking photographic scans of your body is about as private as it gets. That’s why Amazon Halo and Body were built with privacy in mind,”
Amazon will launch HALO on Friday where customers can get early access with a reduced rate of $64.99. Early buyers can avail six months of membership with this offer.
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