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Amazon has closed its health-focused Halo division and discontinued Halo Band, Halo View, and Halo Rise devices that are no longer available on its website. The company has also laid off employees from the Halo team.

The company said in a blog post late Wednesday that starting Aug. 1 Amazon Halo devices and the Amazon Halo app stopped working.

“We recently made the very difficult decision to stop supporting Amazon Halo effective July 31, 2023. We notified affected employees in the US and Canada today. In other regions, we are following local processes, including possible time for consultation with employee representatives.” and potentially result in longer timelines to communicate with affected employees,” Amazon said.

For employees impacted by this decision, Amazon offers packages that include severance pay, transitional health insurance benefits, and outside employment support.

In the coming weeks, Amazon will fully refund purchases of Amazon Halo View, Amazon Halo Band, Amazon Halo Rise, and Amazon Halo accessory bands made in the previous 12 months.

“In addition, any unused charges for prepaid Halo subscriptions will be refunded to your original payment method. If you have a paid subscription, you will no longer be charged monthly subscription fees starting today. You do not need to take any additional steps,” said the e-commerce giant .

Amazon launched the original Halo Band in 2020.

The company said it encourages users to recycle Amazon Halo devices and accessories through the Amazon Recycling Program.

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