It can detect body fat percentage as well.
Amazon launched its latest health-related device — Amazon Halo. It’s the company’s take on the fitness tracker.
The company promises a lot of things about this wearable device. For instance, it’s said to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your health. However, some of its features caused an online debate. Many people considered the ability of the device to listen to the conversations to know how they feel can be quite creepy.
In a press release, Amazon stated that its Halo device could monitor different health metrics, including heart and exercise habits. It could also provide sleep patterns and give you body fat percentage details.
How Does Halo Obtain Accurate Data of Your Body Fat Percentage?
You need to scan your body earring tight, minimal clothing, and send the photos to Amazon. Once Amazon processed the photos, they will be deleted from the cloud. In other words, the photos will be stored locally on your phone.
However, in the past, Amazon admitted that its employees are listening to private user data, including conversations through Alexa devices.
Amazon also said that Halo will have a Tone feature that analyzes your vocal tone. It will help you figure out how you come across to others.
To give you the right data, Amazon Halo will listen and record your conversations throughout the day. Halo will get samples of your speech to analyze how you sound to the people you’re interacting with.
So, is it a privacy risk?
Amazon’s Tone feature will require Halo owners to enable it. If it’s switched on, it can run in the background and record your voice throughout the day.
But Amazon will keep these data safe and secure. The process is done locally. And as mentioned earlier, the data will be deleted and they are not sent to the cloud.
However, there are still privacy implications for such a feature. How Halo assesses your voice will have zero benefit to the user but insurers can benefit from it.
Amazon has already partnered with John Hancock and other insurers. John Hancock is one of the life insurers to be integrated with Halo. In a press statement, the insurer said that Vitality customers can start linking their Amazon Halo Band to the program to obtain Points for the everyday steps they take.
Although it’s an opt-in feature, there’s still a huge chance that data from Halo could be shared with the third-parties.
When buying the Halo, you can access its basic functions, like HR, steps, and sleep time. However, you need to pay $4 a month to access those fancy features.
The device isn’t available on the market yet. But the company grants early access if you join a waitlist.
Although Halo features can be useful, they can also be terrifying, it’s especially true if you’re worried about your data. However, if you like a tracker that looks like it’s in a sci-fi movie, then Halo would surely appeal to you.