Amazon has revealed that its Halo fitness bracelet will now come equipped with a Movement Health feature. It analyzes your posture by utilizing the camera on your smartphone.
To refresh your memory, the wearable was introduced near the end of the previous year. The fitness bracelet prioritizes functionality over aesthetics with its unremarkable design. Having said that, it appears to be working just fine. However, there is no screen there.
The mix of sensors within the band can track the fundamentals of fitness, including steps, heart rate, temperature, and sleep. However, the wearable has several peculiar features and characteristics.
The first consists of examining your speech tone to determine your “social and emotional wellness.” The other one performs an analysis of your body fat by making use of the camera on your smartphone. In order to complete this step, you will need to photograph yourself wearing very little clothing and then upload those photographs to the app. Naturally, concerns about customers’ privacy are the first thing that comes to mind, but Amazon has reassured us that there is no need for anxiety in this matter.
A new capability has been added to the camera as part of this most recent software upgrade. The functioning of the wearable previously stood out from everything else on the market, but now it has become much more peculiar.
The functionality, which has been given the name Movement Health, is being marketed as a tool that will provide users with insights into their “functional fitness.” This indicates that the application on your smartphone assigns a score between zero and one hundred based on your stability, mobility, and posture. Various regions of your body will each receive their own treatment in this manner.
The app will also provide you with customized video recommendations ranging from five to ten minutes to assist you in fixing any issues. You are supposed to complete these activities between twice and thrice each week, and then you should retest yourself (every 2-4 weeks).
To take a measurement, you will need to go through a variety of motions such as foot-together squats, forward lunges, overhead squats, and overhead reaches. You will also need to perform single-leg balances. This is meant to, to some extent, stimulate the movements you most likely carry out throughout a typical day. The software guides you through the examination, which lasts for ten minutes while simultaneously recording your motions using the camera on your smartphone.
According to Amazon, the analysis utilizes a combination of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and machine learning to evaluate your movements. Concerns about the invasion of privacy are alleviated by the fact that the movies are encrypted before being sent to the cloud storage service. In addition, once the algorithm has finished processing them, they are removed from the system.
This most recent addition to Amazon Halo has us bewildered as to how it should be interpreted. It seems like it may be a very helpful instrument. It remains to be seen how effectively it functions in actual life situations. It is not really made apparent to you what criteria are being used to grade you. A person’s ideal posture might not be the same as another person’s ideal posture at all. At least, in comparison to some of the other features, this one does not have the same creepiness factor!
However, the fact that it is something fresh and new is undeniably a plus. There is a dizzying array of fitness trackers and smartwatches available on the market today, with little to differentiate one from the other. Take a peek at the number of available replicas of the Apple Watch.
Amazon should be commended for thinking creatively and should be praised for doing so here. Even if some of the directions it is taking, its Halo fitness band aren’t necessarily ones that we agree with.
Wearables can be purchased for $99 in one of three colors: black, pink, or silver. Those interested can purchase one of these colors (check the current price on Amazon). There is also a continuing subscription that costs $3.99 per month.