Last year, consumers were disturbed to find out that if they talk to a virtual assistant, such as Alexa or Apple’s Siri, a human may listen to a recording of their chatter. (The companies said this was done to improve the devices.) At the time, Apple temporarily halted human review of recordings, and Amazon changed its settings to make it easier for people to avoid such review at all.
Amazon’s Halo Band also features a way to measure body fat index through the accompanying app and a smartphone camera — another incredibly sensitive and personal data point. After posing for the camera, artificial intelligence generates a 3D model of your body.
A “body model slider” lets you visualize how you’d look if you lost or put on body fat, in an effort to motivate users. That feature doesn’t use your exact body, but is based on the height, age, and sex you enter into the app.
Amazon said body scan images are “automatically” deleted from the cloud after processing. Images and the personalized 3D body model are then stored only on your phone. Body data can be deleted via the settings tab in the app.
Users can also link their Weight Watchers or John Hancock Vitality wellness program accounts. The app also offers challenges and workouts from third parties, including Headspace, Orangetheory Fitness and the Mayo Clinic. Amazon said it will only provide third parties with anonymized data.