Amazon Halo fitness service will offer to use a smartphone’s camera and some cloud-based AI to create a scan of the Movement Health. After a 10-minute session users can put themselves into different poses for the camera, Amazon’s servers will analyze the video and use it to create a customized workout routine to improve your stability, mobility, and posture. The service is expected to launch in the coming weeks.
Amazon says that it can scan body fat. The service also records a video for Movement Health that is sent to its cloud servers, analyzed only by its algorithms and is then promptly deleted both from the cloud and your phone. The videos are encrypted in transit and when they’re at rest in Amazon’s cloud. The Amazon Halo fitness band isn’t used in any particular way during the scan.
After the scan, users can readout like the image you see above, which breaks down the mobility of your body in terms of percentages of the ideal range of movement. Njenga Kariuki, senior technical product manager for Amazon Halo, says that its machine learning algorithms were created with a diverse set.The result of that training is an algorithm that applies the same assessments to all users, regardless of body type or level of mobility. The limitations we look at during the assessment are consistent across all customers.
Kariuki also claims that the new tool delivers comparable accuracy to an in-person assessment with a professional trainer. Amazon Halo was launched last August as a combination of a $99.99 fitness band and a $3.99 / month health subscription service. Apple Fitness Plus recently began offering videos specifically designed for beginners as well as workouts tailored for both pregnant and elderly users.