The Amazon Halo launched in late 2020 with a stunning pitch: it is a health wearable with no display screen, haptic vibration, or any suggestions in any way. As an alternative, the band passively tracks information and routes it by way of a paired cellphone app, an method we discovered efficient sufficient, however not with out apparent drawbacks we’d wish to see fastened in an Amazon Halo 2.
To be clear, Amazon hasn’t confirmed whether or not it is going to launch a Halo 2 system, nor have we heard rumors that the corporate is growing a follow-up system. Once we do, we’ll publish that data right here – together with particulars about probably comparable gadgets the corporate is likely to be growing as an alternative, which we anticipate to listen to about in the course of the upcoming Amazon Fall Showcase on the finish of September.
Within the meantime, we’ve thought concerning the unique Amazon Halo’s strengths and weaknesses to provide you with a listing of what we need to see in an Amazon Halo 2. Learn on for our ideas on what the delivery titan’s subsequent system may appear like.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? Amazon’s potential subsequent wearable
- When is it out? No signal of a launch date but
- How a lot will it price? In all probability at or above $99 (round £75 / AU$130)
Amazon Halo 2 value and launch date
The unique Amazon Halo launched in December 2020, so it hasn’t even been on the cabinets for a full yr, and we wouldn’t anticipate a sequel system to land earlier than the tip of 2021. We haven’t heard any rumors a couple of doable Amazon Halo 2 launch date, both, although we may get extra info in the course of the Amazon Fall Showcase taking place on the finish of September.
Likewise, we haven’t heard any rumors surrounding the Amazon Halo 2 value, not to mention any hints at potential new options that would result in the next value than its predecessor. The unique Amazon Halo is priced at $99 (round £75 / AU$130), which appears somewhat excessive for a wearable with no display screen.
The Halo is correctly titled the Amazon Halo Band to set it other than the Amazon Halo service, a subscription-based providing that enabled the Band’s full suite of options, monitoring, and exercises on the paired app. The Band contains six months of membership to the Amazon Halo service, which is a bummer for these trying to purchase a used mannequin, and prices $4 (round £3 / AU$5.50). Given the Band is barely bought within the US, it’s unclear if the service is obtainable in different international locations as properly.
Amazon Halo 2: what we need to see
Till we hear extra substantiated rumors that the Amazon Halo 2 is in growth and could also be coming to the market, we’ll stick to what we need to see in Amazon’s subsequent health wearable.
1. Larger information safety assurance
The well being information collected by the Halo Band is saved domestically on the cellphone with the paired app, and customers can select whether or not to add it to Amazon servers to avoid wasting if, for example, they change Bands. Some options, like Physique Scan, work on Amazon servers and require customers to add their information first.
Amazon’s crew repeatedly assured TechRadar that any information uploaded is saved on servers solely linked to the Amazon Halo crew, and wouldn’t be shared with different Amazon groups.
Given how a lot of the corporate’s general enterprise depends on intensive information assortment of consumer habits, this assurance felt and nonetheless feels flimsy – primarily a promise that’s not legally binding.
Whereas we’d just like the Amazon Halo Band 2 to have extra clever information evaluation, we would like greater than assurances that our well being information is being protected – we’d need the information to be encrypted and saved in a approach we’d belief wouldn’t be accessible to Amazon, much like the best way Apple has arrange its server-side consumer information storage.
2. GPS and extra sensors
We loved having the Halo Band as a passive tracker that we didn’t should actively monitor, however the system solely tracks steps, coronary heart charge, physique temperature, and sleep time. We’d just like the Amazon Halo 2 to pack extra sensors for extra well being monitoring, like blood oxygen through SpO2 sensor, coronary heart arrhythmia through ECG, and different factors.
We’d additionally like extra exact location monitoring through GPS, which has develop into a typical characteristic on even lower-end health trackers. It might particularly be good for customers who need to go away their cellphone at residence throughout a run, for instance.
3. Extra non-subscription well being monitoring
In some methods, the Amazon Halo Band seems like a supply automobile to get of us hooked on yet one more subscription: after six months of free membership, customers should pay a month-to-month charge to entry even fundamental options like sleep evaluation. That makes different wearables – even cheaper ones – extra engaging.
We’d just like the Amazon Halo Band 2 to have extra options out there to customers after they’d stopped subscribing, or for many who decide up a Band 2 on the used system market. To be clear, this can be a software program determination, and one thing Amazon may simply do proper now by flipping a back-end change on the unique Band, but when we’re on the lookout for enhancements on a sequel system, that is excessive on our record.
4. Show and vibration
The Halo Band is envisioned to be a passive tracker, so including a display screen or vibration haptics is towards the system’s mission, so to talk.
However for a similar value, we may get a health wearable with a good show exhibiting progress on well being metrics and different alerts – it will be good for the Halo Band 2 to provide us any indication of the place we’re on our health objectives, which is one thing that the unique’s ‘Motion Rating’ already summarizes fairly succinctly.
Alternatively, the Halo Band 2 may add vibration to both ship easy coded updates – one pulse to get transferring, two pulses to acknowledge hitting a motion purpose, and so forth. The band may even do that in live performance with the app, sending a vibration to examine a cellphone notification for fast updates.