The Amazon Halo
I love Amazon! Yes, I know, some people don't like Amazon for a myriad of reasons. But for me, the pros of Amazon outweigh the cons.
This year Amazon prime day is October 13 and 14. (Starting October 13 at midnight Pacific Standard Time.)
This year Amazon is coming out with a product called Amazon Halo. It's a wearable fitness band that tracks a person's physical activity, body composition via 3-D imaging, tone of voice analysis, and sleep.
At the present moment, an Amazon Halo is only available for preorder via invitation. I find the band intriguing, so I signed up to receive an invitation. Then I read the following details on Amazon's website:
" Some features may not work for everyone. Body composition supports those aged 18+. However, it has reduced accuracy for customers over 500 pounds or 50% body fat, pregnant women, those who use wheelchairs, and people with certain physical differences like missing or prosthetic limbs. We are continually working to support more body types."
I'll be honest. I'm interested in seeing if the Halo can provide any benefit for people with disabilities. So if I receive an invitation, I will buy it and try it out and write a product review.
You might be saying to yourself, Marissa, if this product is not accessible to a person with a disability within Amazon's product details, why would you try the Halo in the first place?
My answer is simple. The Apple watch has been touted to save people's lives by monitoring heart rate and other functions. I wish to send Amazon and other tech companies that make wearable bands a message that such devices should be accessible and usable by everyone.
I would be happy to assist Amazon and any other companies creating fitness bands who wish to incorporate people with disabilities in their user testing and consumer base. Would you be willing to try out an Amazon Halo? Let me know in the comments.
10/18/2020 02:47:33 pm
Hi Marissa. Great article about the Amazon Halo.I think you should contact Amazon. I found this link to a blog article (all the way down the bottom of their website) about a disabled gentleman who is a researcher for them. Check it out. https://blog.aboutamazon.com/working-at-amazon/how-an-amazon-researcher-who-is-blind-advocates-for-customers-with-disabilities
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