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Amazon’s $139 Halo Rise uses sensors and AI to track your sleep patterns

Amazon unveiled its Halo Rise on Wednesday.  This device measures movement and breathing patterns while you sleep
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Amazon will soon be watching you sleep with its new bedside device called Halo Rise, which uses non-contact sensors and artificial intelligence to measure your movements and breathing patterns.

The $139 sleep device tracks room temperature, humidity, and light, as well as the breathing patterns of the person closest to them, with the goal of providing insight into why or why the user didn’t sleep well.

Halo Rise is part of Amazon’s Halo line, which includes a fitness tracker that can track physical activity and sleep patterns.

As announced at the launch of its wearable, Amazon is once again assuring users that the information in the Halo Rise device is kept safe – saying that “health data is encrypted in transit and stored in the cloud”.

Amazon unveiled its Halo Rise on Wednesday.  This device measures movement and breathing patterns while you sleep

Amazon unveiled its Halo Rise on Wednesday. This device measures movement and breathing patterns while you sleep

However, the company is known for collecting and storing large swaths of user data — particularly about the homes of people using its Roomba robot vacuum.

“We treat your Palm signature the same as other highly sensitive personal information and protect it with world-class technical and physical security controls,” the company said on a website that provides information about the technology.

However, critics are still weary of the data that Halo Rise and all of Amazon’s products collect about consumers.

“It’s hard to imagine another company that has as many touchpoints with one person as Amazon does,” said Ian Greenblatt, head of technical research at consumer research and data analytics firm JD Power.

“It’s almost overwhelming, and it’s hard to put a finger on it.”

It uses non-contact sensors and artificial intelligence to provide insight into how well or poorly you slept that night

It uses non-contact sensors and artificial intelligence to provide insight into how well or poorly you slept that night

Like Alphabet Inc. rivals Apple Inc. and Google, Amazon has invested in consumer health-tracking technology and at times a regulatory scrutiny on sensitive information it wanted to collect, like body fat percentage via its fitness tracker called Halo.

Halo Rise is said to be similar to Amazon’s wearable, except users don’t have to wear it to sleep.

The device also serves as an alarm clock with a wake-up light that activates at a specific time based on your sleeping habits.

The circular sleep device can be paired with an Amazon Echo, allowing users to ask the smart assistant how they slept instead of relying on the companion app.

“You also have the option to use Halo Rise as part of a personalized Alexa routine. For example, when you go to bed, Alexa can automatically dim the bedroom lights, turn off the TV, and start a relaxing meditation,” Amazon said in a blog post announcing the device.

“You can also ask Alexa to pull your sleep data on the Echo Show, with last night’s sleep report appearing on the device’s display.”

The device also serves as an alarm clock with a wake-up light that activates at a specific time based on your sleeping habits

The device also serves as an alarm clock with a wake-up light that activates at a specific time based on your sleeping habits

Halo Rise features a sleep algorithm that has been “trained and validated using overnight polysomnography — the clinical gold standard for sleep analysis,” Amazon said.

Upon waking, you’ll get a detailed sleep summary, including a graph showing the time spent in each sleep stage – REM, light and deep sleep – along with a sleep score and information about your sleep environment. All of this is displayed in a companion app.

Melissa Cha, vice president of Amazon Smart Home and Health, said in a statement, “Good sleep is an incredibly important factor in our overall health and well-being. In today’s busy world, getting more and better sleep is one of the areas customers ask us about the most, which is why we take sleep head-on.

“Halo Rise is designed to work intelligently in the background, giving you a whole new and effortless way to manage your sleep and achieve harmony between sleep and life.”

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