Amazon is adding a major new feature to its Halo Band fitness band: the ability to share your real-time heart rate data with third-party fitness apps and devices. Supported devices or apps include CLMBR, iFit/NordicTrack, and OpenFit. Amazon Halo connects to these devices over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to share live heart rate information.
The company has outlined steps to set up the new heart rate sharing feature on an official help page. And it’s fairly simple. You can enable the feature by going to the Halo app’s Settings, selecting Heart Rate Sharing, and then turning the “Share heart rate” setting on. You will be asked to accept the privacy terms after which the on-screen prompts will guide you to complete the pairing.
A pairing request for your Halo Band will pop up in your third-party fitness device or app. It will show the band with the name “Amazon HR,” followed by four digits. Accept this request and you’re all set. Your Halo Band will now share your heart rate information with the connected device for as long as it is within range. Of course, it will stop sharing the information if you turn off the “Share heart rate” setting.
Amazon says Halo will automatically try to reconnect to the last paired device or app when you turn that setting on again. You can remove a paired device by selecting the “Forget Device” option in the menu. You can try these troubleshooting methods if you’re having any issues.
Amazon Halo gains the ability to share heart rate data with third-party products
Amazon Halo is one of the many fitness bands you can find on market currently. Priced at $99.99 ($3.99 per month for a membership), it offers pretty much the same set of features as every other competing product. It can automatically track activities and workouts, measure your calories burned, heart rate, and steps, and monitor your sleep.
The companion smartphone app offers a wide range of workouts and wellness programs to help you get in shape. Additionally, it can also measure your body fat percentage, though this feature may not always work accurately.
But the unobtrusive design of this device, which doesn’t feature a screen or other smartwatch capabilities, means you have to rely on the app to see all your health data. The latest update adds the ability to share one of the health metrics (heart rate) with third-party products as well. Hopefully, Amazon will add support for more apps and devices in the future.