Amazon drives development of voice-activated wearable device

Source: bloomberg, Friday, May 24, 2019

In a move designed to strengthen its position in health & wellness, Amazon is working to develop a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions, such as happiness and fear. If launched to market, the wrist-worn gadget code-named “Dylan” will feature speech recognition technology paired with software able to detect a range of a person's emotions based on voice patterns. The device could eventually be used to offer health & wellness advice, as well as generate product and service recommendations.

Both personalized interaction and healthcare are key strategic development areas for Amazon. Last year, the company bought online pharmacist Pillpack, launched Amazon Comprehend Medical, a software service that analyzes patient’s medical history, and partnered with Arcadia Group to launch an exclusive line of consumer medical devices under the Choice brand.