As announced by Amazon, the new Echo Bud earphones can now track health and fitness of users along with its other features. It will be able to track the duration of a workout, the number of steps taken, calories burnt and the distance and the speed of movement of a person. The device has to collect a few health details of the person before use and then it will be able to monitor the fitness workout and health. For example, the steps taken could be measured through the accelerometer in the Echo buds using the given data on the persons height. The duration of a run or walk could be calculated with timestamps. It will be super convenient as it is controlled by Amazon Alexa voice commands.
Voice commands like ‘Alexa, start my run’, ‘What is my pace’, ‘How far have I run’, ‘Pause my run’, ‘End my run/workout’ etc. could be used. The records could be stored and read by Alexa later. The Alexa Echo buds have arrived after the first release of the fitness bands by Amazon.
Here is the step by step instruction for the first-time installation and use of Amazon Echo Bud:
- Open Alexa app on your phone2.
- Tap “More” on the bottom of the screen.
- Tap “Settings.”
- Choose Account Settings.
- Tap Workouts.
- Select “Create Workout profile.”
Once a workout is made, Echo Buds users can see the records by doing the following:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Tap devices.
- Choose “Echo & Alexa”
Select “Echo Buds.”
- Select “Workouts.”
Compared to the fitness band, the Echo bud is much more efficient although it is a bit more expensive. There are a few similar items in the market that the customers could compare and avail. Apple AirPod Pro is a close competitor. The Apple product AirPod Pro also provides wellness sensors. People at Patently Apple noticed that Apple has updated its AirPods trademark in Hong Kong and Europe with a new Class 10 designation, which applies to a device intended for general wellness. These could be used as smart earphones with voice command convenience with assistant Siri. Its function is pretty much similar with the Echo buds when it comes to fitness tracking or work out maintenance. Additionally, Apple AirPod Pro gives fitting customization, water resistance and noise cancellation. If we compare the above two devices, we see it has a clear distinction in pricing.
The AirPod Pro is much costlier than the echo buds which are reasonable and affordable both having more or less similar necessary features.
The AirPods Pro sounds much better than the old original AirPods and they are the better pick of the two in matters of sound quality. Noise cancellation does a superb job at blocking out more sound from the external world and it’s a lot more immersive when you’re listening to music, podcasts or making calls. The AirPods Pro also works seamlessly with iPhone and iOS devices, so if you’re in the Apple network already, this is your top choice. Though its default audio quality and noise cancellation isn’t as good as the AirPods Pro, the Echo Buds still sound great. They also have an incredible value proposition, and with the holidays coming up I predict even more savings. It also offers a lot more customization and control over features no matter what phone you are using given the assistance of the Alexa app, so regardless of whether you have an iPhone or an Android device, the Echo Buds prove to be a great choice. If we consider a better fitting, no doubt the AirPods beat Echo bud with its capability in longer and comfortable fitting. Also, both of the devices have similar battery lives of approximately five hours. Besides, considering smart assistance Alexa always has been beating Siri hence Echo buds wins this step as well. Echo Buds can also be used with Siri if you use an iPhone and Google Assistant if you have an android device.