Heart rate data from Amazon Halo is now shared with fitness applications and equipment.
, by raj, 2 min reading time
Amazon has added a function to its Halo fitness tracker that allows users to view real-time heart rate data superimposed on compatible connected gym equipment and third-party fitness applications, making it more helpful for exercise.
The important feature here is a Bluetooth Low Energy heart rate setting, often known as heart rate sharing, which is quite standard on most sports watches and smartwatches. This means you can now utilise the Halo's inbuilt PPG-style optical heart rate sensor to send data to applications and equipment through Bluetooth, making it easier to see your exertion levels.
Because Amazon's wearable lacks a screen, you now have a method to make greater use of your heart rate data than just looking at patterns on the companion app.
If you wish to enable heart rate sharing on the Amazon Halo, follow these steps:
Go to Settings in the Amazon Halo companion app.
Select Heart rate sharing and switch on the heart rate sharing setting when wearing the band.
Now, to share the live heart rate data with an app or device, follow the prompts.
When you're done with your workout, go return to the same spot in the companion app to switch off the heart rate sharing.
Along with third-party fitness applications, Amazon has revealed that the Halo is compatible with NordicTrack, OpenFit, and CLMBR equipment.
Amazon's effort to making its fitness tracker work, which was arguably one of the more eye-catching wearable debuts of 2020, appears to be bolstering the Halo's feature set. The screenless gadget, which retails for $99.99 (7,406.46 INR), has a style that resembles the famous Whoop Strap. While it had many of the usual fitness tracker functions, it also promised to analyse your voice tone in real time to assist wearers understand how they're viewed.
In our Halo review, we said the wearable wasn't quite finished yet, and that functions like tone analysis and body scanning were too invasive. Though we saw promise in Labs, which is meant to allow developers to create new features and experiences centered on health, fitness, and wellbeing to improve the Halo experience.
In our tests, heart rate monitoring accuracy was good enough when compared to a chest strap monitor, making heart rate sharing a valuable function to have added to the Halo setup.
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