Amazon took the wraps off its hotly-awaited wristband that boasts an impressive array of features, in addition to tracking wearer’s activity. For the sake of an instance, the new device can gauge how happy the wearer is based on the sound of their voice.
Bearing the Amazon Halo moniker, this newfangled wristband takes data collected using a sensor-packed wristband and combines it with AI (artificial intelligence) tools to give wearer feedback regarding their physical, as well as mental health.
“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,” Amazon Halo’s principal medical officer Dr. Maulik Majmudar said in a press release.
“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,” Mr. Majmudar added.
People in the United States were urged to request early access to Amazon Halo, which will set you back $65 and comes with six months’ membership access to AI-powered analytics for a limited time. The wristband will bear a slightly steeper price tag of $99.99 as soon as the access period comes to an end.
The cost of the membership will be $4 per month, the company said. Amazon Halo is slated to go toe-to-toe with Apple Watch and Fitbit wristwear that provide details about sleep patterns, activity levels, and more in a bid to help them lead a healthier lifestyle.
Halo can identify the intensity of activity and is capable of discerning the difference between walking and running. On top of that, it can assess the wearer’s level of body fat, according to Amazon.
It is outfitted with a Tone feature that uses microphones in the wristband to analyze “the positivity and energy” in the wearer’s voice and identify how happy, sad, excited, or tired they sound. “You might see that in the morning you sounded calm, delighted, and warm,” Mr. Majmudar explained.
“Tone results may reveal that a difficult work call led to less positivity in family discussions, an indication of the impact of stress on social well-being,” he added. For utmost privacy, speech samples are analyzed their smartphone, and is then synced to the Halo wristband, and deleted once the process is complete.