Amazon Launches Halo Fitness Band And App

The app makes a 3D model of the user's body and tracks the emotional tone in his/her voice.

Amazon is bringing a new fitness band and subscription service called Halo into the wellness gadget market.
 
The Amazon Halo Band doesn't have a screen and looks a lot like a screenless Fitbit tracker. The app that comes with it has most of the usual set of fitness tracking features along with two new innovative ideas: using your camera to create 3D scans for body fat and listening for the emotion in your voice.
 
 
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The Halo Band is priced at $99.99 and the service, which is required for Halo’s more advanced features will cost you $3.99 per month. The company has launched an invite-only early access program that offers an introductory price of $64.99 that includes six months of the service for free.
 
The band brings a few different elements. Like it has temperature sensing, much like Fitbit's newest smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense, and a microphone that continually scans your voice to determine the emotional tone. Alongside cardio, sleep, body fat, and voice tone tracking, a Halo subscription will offer a suite of “labs” as well.
 
 
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The app does the Body scans with just your smartphone’s camera. It instructs you to wear tight-fitting clothing and then stand back some distance from your camera. It takes four photos and send them to Amazon’s servers where they’re combined into a 3D scan of your body that’s sent back to your phone.
 
Amazon uses machine learning to analyze 3D scan of your body and calculate your body fat percentage. The company claims that body fat percentage is a more reliable indicator of health than either weight or body mass index.
 
The app will also show what you would look like with more or less body fat.
 
The microphone on the Amazon Halo Band listens to user's voice and reports back on what it believes the emotional state was throughout the day.