Amazon’s creepy new health wearable analyzes your voice and your body

28 08 2020

Washington Post
Geoffrey A. Fowler
August 27, 2020

I couldn’t pick just one crazy thing to say about the Halo, Amazon’s new wearable health gadget. So here are three:

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Amazon thinks you’re fat.

The artificial intelligence would like you to stop sounding overwhelmed now.

That nagging voice inside your head is now on your wrist.

The Halo is a $100 wrist-worn device that, among other functions, listens to your conversations so you can understand how you sound to others. And it comes with a companion app that scans your body three-dimensionally to track your progress gaining your “quarantine 15.”

Amazon is upfront about these invasive functions, which users of the Halo have to opt into using. What’s revealing is that one of tech’s biggest companies thinks consumers in 2020 might want them.


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