Amazon Halo fitness tracker measures ‘movement health,’ flexibility like a virtual trainer

Amazon desires customers to get shifting. 

Amazon Halo, the corporate’s first health tracker and well being platform, is introducing a brand new function that can use smartphone cameras, synthetic intelligence, laptop imaginative and prescient and machine studying to advocate train routines like a private coach would, the corporate announced in a blog post Thursday.

The new function, Movement Health, will create custom-made routines to assist enhance person’s stability, mobility and posture. (Amazon)

The new function, Movement Health, goals to create custom-made routines to assist enhance customers’ stability, mobility and posture. It is slated to launch within the coming weeks.

Users will probably be prompted to take a 5 to 10minute video evaluation of themselves doing 5 actions: single-leg balances, ahead lunges, overhead squats, overhead reaches and squats. Amazon Halo’s laptop imaginative and prescient and machine studying tech will then consider the evaluation with an total “Movement” rating out of 100, and customers will get perception on their physique’s mobility damaged down into percentages, like hip and shoulder stability.

“This evaluation delivers comparable accuracy to an in-person evaluation with knowledgeable coach,” Amazon Halo’s senior technical product supervisor, Njenga Kariuki, wrote within the weblog submit, explaining that the algorithms assessing motion had been made with a various vary of physique sorts. 


The firm additionally addressed privateness issues within the weblog submit, saying that there are “a number of layers of privateness and safety” constructed into the function to guard information. Movement evaluation movies, Amazon mentioned, are deleted mechanically inside seconds of being processed. 

Amazon Halo health band sparked backlash when it rolled out final 12 months for having a physique fats scanning and tone evaluation function. Critics like Gizmodo said it was invasive. 


The new function comes virtually a 12 months after Amazon Halo debuted as a well being subscription service competing with the likes of Apple Fitness Plus, which additionally has content material that tailors exercises to particular physique sorts. 

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