Amazon recently unveiled Halo Rise—a new, multi-purpose bedside tracker dedicated to helping consumers improve their sleep, adding to the plethora of consumer sleep trackers on the market. Halo Rise comes with six months of Halo membership for $139.99 and will ship later this year.
“Quality sleep is an incredibly important factor in our overall health and well-being. In today’s busy world, getting more and better sleep is one of the areas that customers ask us about the most, which is why we’re tackling sleep head on,” says Melissa Cha, vice president of Amazon Smart Home and Health, in a release. “Halo Rise is designed to work intelligently in the background and give you an entirely new and effortless way to manage your sleep and achieve sleep-life harmony.”
Powered by contactless, low-energy sensor technology and machine learning, Halo Rise senses respiration and movement patterns to determine sleep stages throughout the night. In a release, Amazon states that it uses a sleep algorithm that has been trained and validated against overnight polysomnography. Halo Rise automatically starts the sleep session when the user gets into bed with no buttons to press or batteries to charge. After wake, it delivers a sleep summary, including a graph showing time spent in each sleep phase—REM, light, and deep sleep—along with a sleep score and information about your sleep environment.
Built-in environmental sensors measure the room’s temperature, humidity, and light levels throughout the night. It integrates with the Amazon Halo app, which provides recommendations on how to optimize the room’s sleep environment. In the morning, a wake-up light simulates the colors and gradual brightening of a sunrise, while the smart alarm monitors your sleep stages and wakes you at “the ideal time for getting up,” according to the release.
“Sleep is a central pillar of good health, and the benefits of consistent, sufficient sleep are well-documented, touching on nearly every aspect of our mental and physical well-being,” says Carolyn D’Ambrosio, MS, MD, FCCP, associate professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, in a release. “Yet research shows that one in three adults don’t get enough sleep. With its comprehensive approach, Halo Rise is leading the future of sleep technology.”
Consumers can also use a compatible Echo device to ask Alexa how they slept, sync Alexa with the Halo Rise smart alarm to be woken up by their favorite song, or combine Halo Rise with other smart lights that can be voice controlled.
Halo Rise features also includes a digital clock, a semi-circle of powerful 300 lux LEDs that form the wake-up light, a small alarm speaker, environmental sensors, and buttons to activate features. Those features include adjusting the light’s brightness for reading, starting a sunset simulation, and snoozing the alarm. With 100% recycled aluminum and 100% recyclable packaging, Halo Rise is also certified as Climate Pledge Friendly.
Amazon Halo health data is encrypted in transit and at rest in the cloud, and users can download or delete their Halo health data from the Halo app. Halo Rise does not include cameras or microphones and can be manually put into standby mode, which turns off the sensor technology that tracks sleep.
Halo Rise is $139.99 and will be available for customers in the United States. It comes with six months of Halo membership. It will start shipping later this year.