Best 5 features on the Halo App from amazon

The Halo Band by Amazon has opened up a whole other world for health and wellness. Are you ready?

I think I am in love with the Halo Band from Amazon!!

The Halo Band is a great way to make things simple. Allowing you to keep your focus on your health. Not on another screen, whether it be for work, school, or just for fun. I think we could all agree that one less screen would not kill us.

As the days go by I am learning more and more about Amazon’s Halo, and Halo is learning about me! It is learning my habits and my patterns and collecting my data to help me improve the way I live.

Product Details

The Amazon Band comes with a USB clip charger, an instruction manual, and a fabric velcro strap band with the devices attached. This is the First-generation Halo Band. The Halo Band has equipped with two built-in mics and a single button that controls the mic and can manufacture reset the band.

Blend of colorful bands to choose from, along with the choice between Fabric or the Sport. The Fabric Band is a blend of spandex, polyester, and nylon, while the Sport Band is made from silicone rubber.

Amazon has early access to uses for the Halo Band but requires completion of a questionnaire.

1. Automation Of Activity

With Amazon Halo Band, tracking activities are easier now than ever before. Instead of having to remember to adjust your smart devices to whatever exercise you want to at that moment, it will automatically start tacking one you are.

Although, unlike walking or running will automatically be listed under activities that can be changed to match what you want it to reflect in your activities history. If you have ever forgotten to charge your smart device like a smartwatch or just forgot it at home just when you made it to the gym, it is a pain. The Halo app allows for activities that are missing to be entered manually.

Reward points based on active

Sedentary
-1 point if sedentary for over 8 hours at a time.
Light
1 point for every 20 min
Moderate
1 point for every 1 min
Intense
2 points for 1 min
The target amount of points is 150 weekly. Dividing the points into 3 to 4 days a week. Do not be hard on yourself if it takes more than a few weeks to hit your target.

2. Lab

The Lab tab comprises various tasks such as workouts, sleep tips, meditation to boost focus, tone of communication, and much more. The Lab helps the user to develop other ways of handling various types of obligations. The changes implemented with Labs are small enough that they will not take much effort to complete but will not go unnoticed.

Joining a Lab is easy after setting up the app. Tap the tab for Labs then you will see the title “What are you interested in?” tap on the interest that you would like to look more into.

Then a drop-down menu will drop saying “Specific interest area” do the same as before tap more if needed.

Once you find the one you like, tap on it and it will take you to “DETAILS” this is where you will find more information. Tap “GET STARTED” take you to “SETUP” asking if you “Need a nudge?” This will set up an alarm for a daily reminder to perform the Lab that you have chosen.

Tapping “START LAB” to get started right away.

If the lab you have chosen is not meeting your needs, tap on the “IN PROGRESS” then scroll down to the bottom where you will see “CANCEL LAB” tap it and done.

For myself, I picked “150-Minute Fix” this Lab I will do weekly for 30 to 50 minutes for 4 days a week the Halo Band will track this and recorded it into my activity.

Labs have a week to four weeks’ duration. The Labs give instruction, insight on how, and what the user needs to complete the objective to gain the maximum benefit.

3. Tone analyzer

The Tone in the Amazon Halo app is nothing like we have ever seen before, or at least I have not. By setting up a Tone Profile within that the Halo app will listen to the user’s voice only.

The Halo app can tell the differences between the different emotions from the tone of your voice and the words you say. It displays the moods with a few words to make one aware of how they may sound to those around them.

The Halo Band works best for those that speak American English only at the moment. With that said, if you are learning English, this may help improve your learning experience. Amazon side “Halo is always getting smarter.”

4. Sleep analyzer

Most smart devices that track personal health on the market these days. The Amazon Halo Band tracks sleep patterns from the moment you lie down on the bed until you get up the next morning. Halo app gives a score based on overall sleep each night, then breaks it down into stages and quality of sleep.

Stages of sleep

  • Time in bed
  • Time asleep
  • REM 
  • Light 
  • Deep 

The quality of sleep

  • Time to fall asleep
  • Time awake
  • Disturbances 
  • Sleep efficiency 
  • Sleep temperature 

If you want to learn more information about the different stages of sleep or quality of sleep, check out any of these informative articles.

Stages of sleep

What Are REM and Non-REM Sleep?,How Much Deep, Light, and REM Sleep Do You Need?, and Stages of Sleep.

Quality of sleep
Quantity of Sleep Vs Quality of Sleep: Why this is Important?

Quality or Quantity: What Matters Most with Sleep?

5. Body composition analyzer

Amazon Halo Band app has something that no other app has, and that is the body composition scanner. This is the most amazing thing about the Halo app next to the Tone!!

For the body composition scanner, there is not so much detail. What the scanner does is analyze the token images, then give a fat percentage.

Set up for body composition scanner

Setting up to perform a body scanner can be a little tricky. Once the app is up and running, the body composition scanner will be one of the four panels that are listed. To get started, tap “Body” begins by tap scan.

Once you have tapped scan, the app will take you to “Find a well-lit area”.

Ready to continue next tap “I’m Ready” on the green button.
Next, “Change into minimal clothing”. If there is ever a need for a reminder of what to wear and not to wear tap on “What can I wear?”

What to wear and not to wear

Here’s a quick list for the Ladies

Do wear

  • Bikini top and bottom
  • Compression shorts
  • Bra
  • Sports bra

Do not wear

  • Leggings 
  • Tights
  • Pantyhose

Of cores cannot leave out the guys’

Do wear

  • Briefs
  • Compression shorts
  • Boxers

Do not wear

  • T-shirts 
  • Baggy shorts
  • Running tights
  • Sweats pants

4. If you have long hair, pull it back up off your shoulders for the next step.

5. “Prop up your phone” propping up your phone at the right angle between the two lines, it will turn green once it is in the right spot. This should be between the waist and knee.

6. Hit next to review your weight

7. Turn the volume up to hear the prompts

8. Standing 4 to 6 feet from the phone when ready, the phone will guide you on where to place arms and legs.

Pros
  • Automatically keeps track of activities
  • Assistant with to improve life
  • Links with a few apps
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Free 6-month membership **If they improve the request.
  • Matching bands 
  • Waterproof
Cons
  • No clock 
  • Not able to link with many other apps
  • Not able right now for other languages other than English 
  • Membership 
  • Only for 18+
  • Not compatible with these phones are LG G5, LG G6, LG v20, and Sony Xperia
  • Not everyone can use body composition

Final thoughts!

I have really enjoyed the Halo Band and app so far; it has given me advice on how to improve my overall lifestyle. I have to say that without the membership you can still use the Halo Band and App, but it will limit you to sleep time, heart rate, and step tracking only. Some may say that Amazon is late on arrival when it comes to introducing the Halo Band, but waiting and watch is one of the smartest moves they could have made.

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