Amazon Discontinuing 'Halo' Health and Fitness Wristband

Amazon is discontinuing its line of "Halo" health and fitness bands, Amazon announced today (via Bloomberg). The first Halo band was introduced in August 2020, and it was positioned as a low-cost competitor to the Apple Watch.

Halo App and Halo Band
The Halo wristband had no watch face, instead offering a sensor wrist worn sensor module with an accelerometer, temperature sensor, heart rate monitor, two microphones, and an LED indicator light. It was used alongside an app that displayed the health data collected from the band.

Priced at $99, the band had no GPS, WiFi, cellular connectivity, or Alexa integration, and some features were locked behind an Amazon Prime subscription. Amazon included a 3D body scan feature and a feature for analyzing speech, both of which were criticized for their invasiveness. The scanning function asked users to change into minimal clothing to let their smartphone camera see their body, while the tone readings used the always-on microphones.

Halo App Body Feature
Amazon eventually expanded to the Halo View, Halo Band, Halo Rise, and accessories, all of which are being discontinued.

The Amazon Halo line will no longer be supported as of July 31, 2023, and Amazon is refunding all customer purchases and subscriptions that were made in the preceding 12 months. Amazon is informing customers about the upcoming discontinuation via email.

Halo customers will need to download any data that they want to keep from the app by August 1, 2023.

Top Rated Comments

Nicky G Avatar
11 months ago
Well geez, they put the watch on the wrong side of the strap, so what would you expect?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jimbobb24 Avatar
11 months ago
I don’t understand why they needed the microphones. What health information is in your voice.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fortimir Avatar
11 months ago
Ironically, I'd love an Apple version of this. Sometimes I want to wear a mechanical watch, but I want my health tracking and biometrics from the Apple Watch.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
11 months ago
At this point, there are very few that can compete with the Apple Watch in regards to features and integration in the ecosystem. Not surprised Amazon is discontinuing.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
11 months ago

I don’t understand why they needed the microphones. What health information is in your voice.
It measured your tone and told you if you were being aggressive/angry with your tone I believe. Something like that.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rp2011 Avatar
11 months ago
I bought one of these things. Piece of junk. The worst parts were the most basic and essential things, such as charging it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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