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Amazon shuts down its Halo health division

2023-04-26 16:31 by
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Amazon sent out a note to Halo customers today, announcing that it is shutting down its Halo Health division, effective July 31. That includes Amazon Halo View, Halo Band, Halo Rise and a bunch of accessories. The company promises to fully refund purchases made in the past 12 months for Halo View and Halo Band wearable devices, accessories, and the Halo Rise bedside device.

Amazon unveiled the health-tracking bracelet in 2020, marking its first foray into wearable devices and a deeper move into the health care space. Halo, in combination with an app, can track users' activity, body fat and emotional state, and it's integrated with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. Last year, Amazon expanded the Halo lineup with a bedside sleep tracker called the Halo Rise.

"At Amazon, we think big, experiment, and invest in new ideas like Amazon Halo in our efforts to delight customers," the company notes in a letter addressed to "Halo Member." As of the beginning of August, all of the aforementioned products will cease to function. Amazon has also tossed in information for recycling the hardware and saving scan images to a phone's camera roll.

Halo is the latest Amazon product to get axed as CEO Andy Jassy aggressively cuts expenses across the company amid an economic downturn and slowing retail sales. Many unproven bets like the Glow video-calling device and Scout delivery robot were sunset in recent months. The company also shuttered its nascent telehealth program, Amazon Care.

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