New fitness bracelet accused of sexism and offensive assessments

In August, Amazon introduced the Halo fitness bracelet, which differs from other skills in nude composing.

3D portrait of the user and analyze his voice. The Washington Post journalists tested the new product and accused it of sexism and offensive assessments.

Through 3D portraits, the bracelet software determines ifthe owner is overweight. Halo has no screen, no speakers, no vibrations. The device has only sensors that track heart rate, physical activity, sleep and skin temperature. The journalists said that the device collects too intimate data.

In addition, in their opinion, body assessment canoffend the user because Halo offers multiple slides of a heavier or lighter person. In addition, the bracelet calculates body fat inaccurately.

Another complaint about the bracelet is incorrectvoice analysis. With the help of this function, the bracelet supposedly has to evaluate a high or low level of "energy", positive or negative intonation. Journalists said that Halo, at a low voice frequency, assessed the speech of a man as "sad", "stern", and women as "stubborn", "domineering". “The very existence of a tone-controlling AI that judges in such terms seems sexist. Amazon has created an automated system that says, “Hey honey, why aren't you smiling anymore?”, Journalists criticized the function.