Amazon launches wellness band that can read emotions from your voice

Amazon is entering the health wearable business with a fitness band which listens to a person’s voice to analyse their emotions.

The device comes part of a subscription service called Halo and has no screen and notifications like other fitness trackers on the market.

It is launching in the US initially with no word on whether it will be rolled out globally as yet.

The tech giant says the platform uses AI-powered health features and “multiple advanced sensors” that provide insight into overall wellness, viewable from a dedicated app.

These include an accelerometer, a temperature sensor, a heart rate monitor, two microphones, an LED indicator light, and a button to turn the microphones on or off.

Tone, as the voice sensoring feature is called, uses machine learning to analyse energy and positivity in the wearer’s voice, allowing them to “better understand how they may sound to others, helping improve their

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Unemployed Americans are facing a glaringly overlooked hurdle in their job searches: thousands of businesses who used to employ them are permanently closed. And for these workers, the next job will almost certainly require new skills. The immediate need to provide unemployment assistance overlooks the reality that many jobs are forever gone.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Bureau of Economic Research reported in 2017 that hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost to advancements in automation – a trend that will continue to affect jobs as technologies continue to improve. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, 60% of new jobs in the 21st century will require skills that only 20% of the present workforce has attained. That means as many as 100 million workers will need to advance their skill set.

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