Amazon continued its penetration of health and fitness equipment today by announcing the release of a health tracker this winter. With a color display, the Halo View can compete with competitors like Fitbit by displaying real-time health metrics, including heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
The Halo View is Amazon’s second Halo-branded fitness tracker. The Halo Band announced in 2020 offers similar features but does not have a screen. The Halo View is distinguished by a display made with AMOLED, a type of OLED known for even higher contrast and more flexibility. This screen can show your sleep scores, track your workouts, and alert you with haptic feedback if you have text or if you’ve gone too long without moving.
The device works with the help of sensors, namely a skin temperature sensor, an accelerometer and an optical sensor to monitor your heart rate and oxygen in the blood.
If all of this surveillance sounds scary to you, note that Amazon claims that there are “multiple” layers of privacy and security built into the hardware. According to Amazon’s announcement, “All Halo health data is encrypted in transit and at rest in the cloud, and customers can download or delete their Halo health data at any time directly from the Halo app.” Locally, you can make it necessary for you to enter a PIN code before viewing health data on Halo View.
Amazon says Halo View will last up to seven days before needing to be recharged, which can complete in “less than 90 minutes.”
The Halo View will be available “in time for the holidays” for $ 79.99 in Active Black, Sage Green, and Lavender Dream. There will also be sports, fabric, leather and metal bracelets for sale at an additional cost.
As part of Amazon’s growing health and fitness efforts, Halo View comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon’s Halo service, which includes fitness videos. “Integration with Halo View or Halo Band allows members to see real-time fitness metrics, such as heart rate and heart rate intensity zone overlaid on the screen, so they can can train smarter and optimize every workout, ”Amazon said in today’s announcement. .
In January, Halo will also include Halo Nutrition, which will feature personalized meal planning tools and recipes. Halo Nutrition will also allow you to add groceries to an Amazon Alexa shopping list.
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