Amazon's AirPods competitor can now observe exercises


Amazon announces the new Echo Buds wireless earbuds at an event in Seattle on September 25, 2019.

CNBC | Todd Haselton

Amazon announced Monday that it was rolling out fitness tracking capabilities for its Echo Buds headphones. CNBC found that Amazon ran tests last year.

According to Amazon, the Echo Buds can track the duration of a workout, the steps you took, the estimated calories burned, and the speed or route you used to walk or run. According to the company, the feature will be rolled out in the next few days.

CNBC hasn't tested it yet, but specific fitness products like smartwatches can likely provide more detailed information as they are measured from your wrist. Amazon's Halo wearable appears to be the company's more serious approach to health monitoring.

According to Amazon, customers can get started in the following ways:

Open the Alexa app on your phone. At the bottom of the screen, tap More. Tap on "Settings". Select "Account Settings". Tap Workouts. Select "Create Workout Profile".

After a workout, Echo Buds users can view statistics in the following ways:

Open the Alexa app. Tap Devices. Select "Echo & Alexa".
Choose "Echo Buds". Choose "Workouts".

Echo Buds owners can start a workout by saying, "Alexa, start my run." You can also ask Alexa to pause a workout, stop a workout, and request an update of your pace.


Katherine Clark