Amazon’s new health band is the most invasive tech we’ve ever tested

Amazon’s new health band is the most invasive tech we’ve ever tested


Publication Title
The Washington Post
Publication/Creation Date
December 10 2020
Creators/Contributors
Geoffrey Fowler (creator)
Heather Kelly (creator)
Amazon, Inc. (contributor)
Maulik Majmudar (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
"Amazon has a new health-tracking bracelet with a microphone and an app that tells you everything that’s wrong with you.

You haven’t exercised or slept enough, reports Amazon’s $65 Halo Band. Your body has too much fat, the Halo’s app shows in a 3-D rendering of your near-naked body. And even: Your tone of voice is “overbearing” or “irritated,” the Halo determines, after listening through its tiny microphone on your wrist.

We hope our tone is clear here: We don’t need this kind of criticism from a computer. The Halo collects the most intimate information we’ve seen from a consumer health gadget — and makes the absolute least use of it. This wearable is much better at helping Amazon gather data than at helping you get healthy and happy."
HCI Platform
Wearables
Location on Body
Wrist
Source
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/12/10/amazon-halo-band-review/

Date archived
December 15 2020
Last edited
December 15 2020
How to cite this entry
Geoffrey Fowler, Heather Kelly. (December 10 2020). "Amazon’s new health band is the most invasive tech we’ve ever tested". The Washington Post. WP Company LLC. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/5022