Amazon Halo taps into smartphone cameras to measure users' health

Amazon is rolling out a new feature for its health-tracking device, Halo, that taps into the user's smartphone camera to scan their body movements and recommend exercises to improve mobility and posture, according to a June 3 Verge report. 

Amazon launched Halo in August 2020; the wearable device uses advanced sensors to collect user health data including temperature, heart rate, sleep and fitness activity. The wearable also features two microphones, which the user may turn on or off at their discretion to analyze energy and positivity in their voice. 

Halo is integrated into EHR vendor Cerner's solutions, and device users can opt in to share their health data directly into their EHR and with care teams that use Cerner. 

The new Movement Health feature uses the smartphone camera and cloud-based artificial intelligence to scan the user's movements. The individual completes a series of poses in front of the camera in a five- to 10-minute session, and Amazon's servers then analyze the video and use it to create a customized workout routine to improve the person's stability, mobility and posture, according to the report. 

The new movement feature is expected to launch in the coming weeks, the Verge reported. Amazon said the videos it captures for Movement Health are sent to its cloud servers and analyzed only by its algorithms, not humans, and the footage is deleted both from the cloud and the user's phone.

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