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Amazon’s health endeavors develop with Halo View Well being Tracker

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Enlarge / The Halo View is priced at $ 79.99.

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Amazon continued its impact on health and fitness hardware today by announcing a health tracker coming out this winter. With a color display, the Halo View can compete with competitors like Fitbit by showing real-time health metrics, including heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

The Halo View is Amazon’s second Halo brand fitness tracker. Announced in 2020, the Halo Band offers similar functionality but does not have a screen. The Halo View is characterized by a display made of AMOLED, a type of OLED that is known for even higher contrast and more flexibility. This display can show your sleep values, track your training sessions and warn you with haptic feedback when you have a text or have not moved for too long.

Amazon halo band in silver.

Amazon halo band in silver.

The device works with the help of sensors, namely a skin temperature sensor, an accelerometer and an optical sensor to monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen.

If all of this surveillance seems creepy to you, be aware that Amazon claims that “multiple” layers of privacy and security are built into the hardware. According to Amazon’s announcement, “all Halo health data in transit and at rest is encrypted in the cloud, and customers can download or delete their Halo health data directly from the Halo app at any time.” Locally, you can choose to require you to enter a PIN before viewing health information in Halo View.

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The Halo View will be available in four colors.Enlarge / The Halo View will be available in four colors.

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Amazon claims the Halo View will last up to seven days before it needs to be charged, which can be completed in “under 90 minutes”.

Halo View will be available “in time for the holidays” for $ 79.99 in Active Black, Sage Green and Lavender Dream. Sports, fabric, leather and metal straps will also be available at an additional cost.

Band options galore.Enlarge / Band options galore.

As part of Amazon’s growing health and fitness efforts, Halo View comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon’s Halo service, which includes fitness videos. “Integration with Halo View or Halo Band enables members to overlay real-time fitness metrics such as heart rate and heart rate intensity zone on the display so they can train smarter and optimize each workout,” said Amazon in today’s announcement.

The Halo View works with the Halo app and Amazon's fitness service.Enlarge / The Halo View works with the Halo app and Amazon’s fitness service.

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In January, Halo will also launch Halo Nutrition, which includes recipes and personalized meal planning tools. Halo Nutrition also lets you add groceries to an Amazon Alexa shopping list.

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