Amazon is discontinuing its line of “Halo” well being and health bands, Amazon announced today (by way of Bloomberg). The primary Halo band was launched in August 2020, and it was positioned as a low-value competitor to the Apple Watch.
The Halo wristband had no watch face, as an alternative providing a sensor wrist worn sensor module with an accelerometer, temperature sensor, coronary heart price monitor, two microphones, and an LED indicator mild. It was used alongside an app that displayed the well being knowledge collected from the band.
Priced at $99, the band had no GPS, WiFi, mobile connectivity, or Alexa integration, and some options have been locked behind an Amazon Prime subscription. Amazon included a 3D physique scan function and a function for analyzing speech, each of which have been criticized for their invasiveness. The scanning operate requested customers to vary into minimal clothes to let their smartphone digicam see their physique, whereas the tone readings used the all the time-on microphones.
Amazon ultimately expanded to the Halo View, Halo Band, Halo Rise, and equipment, all of that are being discontinued.
The Amazon Halo line will not be supported as of July 31, 2023, and Amazon is refunding all buyer purchases and subscriptions that have been made within the previous 12 months. Amazon is informing clients in regards to the upcoming discontinuation by way of e-mail.
Halo clients might want to obtain any knowledge that they wish to preserve from the app by August 1, 2023.