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Amazon's Halo Rise tracks your sleep without a wristband, camera, or microphone

Amazon's new sleep tracking device uses no-contact sensors to help you get a better night's sleep.
Written by Jada Jones, Associate Editor
Halo Rise on table
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Amazon's new Halo Rise is a smart alarm with a built-in light that can also track your sleep without your having to wear a health band or have a camera in the room. 

The bedside sleep tracker analyzes your sleep stages and also analyzes your room setup to give you insights into your sleep.

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Amazon said the device tracks your sleep patterns with no-contact sensors via your respiration, and measures your room's temperature, humidity, and light levels to give input into how to optimize your sleep. 

The device is smart enough to only track your sleep patterns, even if a partner or furry friend is sleeping in the same bed. 

The Halo Rise also features a wake-up light that aims to resemble natural sunlight, making it what's known as a sunrise alarm clock, and aims to wake you up at the lightest point of your sleep cycle so that you can rise at the best time according to your biology.

The Halo Rise can be paired with your Alexa devices to automatically begin your nighttime routine as soon as you get into bed. 

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Amazon said sleep data is encrypted in transit and at rest in the cloud and users can decide if they want to share or hide their sleep data if they share an Amazon account with others. 

The Halo Rise is priced at $139.99 and comes with six free months of Halo membership. It will be available for purchase later this year.

Amazon is increasingly interested in health tracking. Amazon launched its Halo View in December last year; the fitness tracker allows you to check on health metrics like heart rate, sleep score, and on-demand blood oxygen levels on a color touch display.

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However, it's a tough time for wrist bands; IDC recently predicted that demand for these devices is likely to fall this year and be largely flat for the next few years, outpaced by earbuds and smartwatches. As such, a device that can help you sleep better without having to wear any hardware might be an interesting choice for some.

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