Amazon announces a new wireless earbuds, Echo Buds, at an event in Seattle on September 25, 2019.
CNBC | Todd Haselton
Amazon announced Monday that it is rolling out fitness tracking features to its Echo Buds headphones. It’s a feature that CNBC noticed on Amazon last year.
Amazon said the Echo Buds can track the duration of exercise, the steps you’re taking, estimated calories burned and how fast or how far you walk or run. The feature is rolling out over the next few days, according to the company.
CNBC has not yet tested the feature but it seems that bespoke fitness products, such as smart watches, can provide more detailed information since they measure from your wrist. Amazon’s wearable Halo seems to be the company’s more serious method of health monitoring.
Amazon said customers can start by doing this:
- Open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Tap “More” at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap “Settings.”
- Select Account Settings.
- Tap Workouts.
- Select “Create a Workout profile.”
After exercise, Echo Buds users can view stats by doing this:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Tap devices.
- Select “Echo & Alexa.”
Select “Echo Buds.”
- Select “Workouts.”
Echo Buds owners can start exercising by saying “Alexa start my run.” You can also ask Alexa to delay exercise, finish exercise and request an update on your speed.