Amazon Halo, a health and wellness app, launched a new feature: Movement Health, which collects data from a user’s smartphone camera about the user’s functional fitness. Amazon Halo combines a wristband with suite of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered health tools and insights to help customers improve their individual health and wellness. Functional fitness is defined as the body’s readiness to perform everyday movements to bend, reach, lift, twist, pull, push, and walk.
For the new Movement Health feature, the Halo app assesses user stability, mobility, and posture as the user completes five movements: single leg balances, forward lunges, overhead squats, overhead reaches, and feet-together squats. The app evaluates the user’s body position to identify limitations and calculate an overall Movement score out of 100, with a breakdown across four areas: core (the trunk), hips, lower body, and shoulders. The assessment takes less than 10 minutes and provides comparable accuracy to an in-person assessment with a professional trainer.
Amazon introduced Amazon Halo on August 27, 2020. The Amazon Halo app is available on iOS and Android. Worn on the wrist, the Amazon Halo band collects health-related information through use of an accelerometer, a temperature sensor, a heart rate monitor, two microphones, an LED indicator light, and a button to turn the microphones on or off, among other functions. Amazon Halo Band is water resistant and features a battery that will last up to seven days, and fully charges in less than 90 minutes. Consumer privacy is implemented through encryption and automatic deletion of data after processing.
The Amazon Halo app started as a suite of five core features designed to give customers a comprehensive understanding of their health and wellness, and the tools to take action to make measurable improvements:
- Activity—through use of activity points and weekly goals.
- Sleep—by tracking motion, heart rate, and temperature readings.
- Body mass index (BMI)—using the on-board tools, the BMI measurement is as accurate as methods used by a health care provider.
- Tone—on-board microphones use machine learning to analyze energy and positivity in a person’s voice.
- Amazon Halo Labs—science-backed challenges, experiments, and workouts that allow consumers to discover what works best to help build healthier habits.
This was reported by Amazon on June 3, 2021.
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