Amazon has announced Halo, a mix subscription service, app, and health wearable that guarantees to make use of a number of the identical know-how the corporate developed for Alexa so as to add a brand new dimension to non-public well being monitoring—tone of voice.
The product’s announcement copy makes the case that “strong social connections are just as important to long-term health as adequate sleep, being fit, having a good diet, or even not smoking.”
Using machine-learning-driven speech processing, the gadget intermittently data your voice and analyzes its tempo, rhythm, pitch, and depth to make judgments about “the positivity and energy of your voice” the place “positivity is measured by how happy or sad you sound, and energy is how excited or tired you sound.”
The app offers you every day summaries of the way you sounded all through the day. Amazon argues that having access to this info will make it easier to perceive the way you sound to others, and to diagnose social issues in your life, like if you’re being tense with your loved ones within the evenings since you are pressured at work throughout the day.
Making a privateness level, Amazon factors out that the gadget does not begin listening till you decide in, and all samples are processed regionally in your telephone and deleted when the processing is full.
The gadget has no display screen and doesn’t ship frequent notifications. Sensors embrace an accelerometer, a temperature sensor, a coronary heart fee monitor, and two microphones. You can press a devoted button to disable or re-enable the microphones at will. In addition to the differentiating Tone characteristic, the band and repair monitor most of the regular suspects for health wearables: sleep, exercise, and physique fats proportion.
Amazon guarantees water resistance and battery life as much as seven days.
The Halo band is available in three sizes—small, medium, and huge—and three colours: winter + silver, blush + rose gold, and black + onyx. The wearable will value $64.99, and it is at present in “early access” standing on Amazon’s storefront, which means that it’s a must to request access. Membership is $3.99 per 30 days after a 6-month free trial. The app is on the market on each iOS and Android.
Amazon hedges in its press release that the above pricing is restricted to the early-access interval, however the firm does not say how a lot it can value as soon as it leaves early access, or when that may occur.
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