As Apple finally works out the last remaining bugs in their first ever wearable computer, fans and critics are both happy, with the former even taking to social media to connect with other product supporters. iPhone lovers in particular might like to check out Apple’s new offering.
Computer World’s Mike Elgan said that the Apple Watch is such a natural extension of one’s self that “we’re all becoming cyborgs”, a being part man, part machine, whose physical abilities are enhanced by the merge.
He credits the use of haptics technology, rebranded here Taptics, as the single most important feature of the watch. Unlike the haptics in your phone that simply show information, announcing you that a message has arrived or that someone is calling you, the haptics in the Apple watch have the added bonus of revealing information while you keep using a feature.
He gives the turn-by-turn directions feature as an example. You press and hold a digital button on the side of the watch and tell Siri where you’d like to go. The watch shows your current location on the map, you then press “start” and the watch begins to communicate each turn in the road via haptics, as well as an audio signal. The watch repeats the signal three times and “displays contextual directions on the screen if you turn your wrist to look at it”.
The product is very much intended to create an experience, acting as a kind of assistant that does the research for you and shares helpful pieces of information one by one right when you need to use them. This creates the illusion that the watch is “accessing your own memory”.
The haptics are also used to create unseen and unheard communication between two people who are both wearing Apple watches. You can send one of your contacts a question and they can answer you only through a tap or two that you feel on your wrist, making the nature of the communication very intimate.
Due to the highly personal nature of communication through taps and heartbeats, many new owners of an Apple watch have gotten on sites such as Reddit (a group called lonelyheartbeats) in an attempt to connect with other Apple watch owners.
Because of the novelty of the product, people from across the planet have had trouble finding non-virtual friends, colleagues and acquaintances that they can communicate with through their Apple watch as many have yet to buy one.
Stephanie Rosenbloom was preoccupied with how well the new watch works for traveler. She sat out to visit various hotels, landmarks, used the watch for everything from finding toilets to paying restaurants bills and museum admission via an image of her credit card, and restaurants and was usually “charmed” by the results.
She explains that you use your iPhone to install and manage apps on your Apple watch. You can connect the two devices via Bluetooth technology, however the iPhone has to be at least iPhone 5 if not higher, and within 30 feet of each other for the devices to be compatible.
Darren Waters empathizes the addictive nature of the product, saying that it’s not a device one absolutely has to have in their life, but that we will most likely want to buy it. He describes it as “subtle, personal and unobtrusive”.
Waters only has one complaint to bring the Apple Watch for – its less than ideal and initially confusing interface: “you can swipe up, down, left and right, tap the screen, force touch the screen with a harder press, spin or click the Digital Crown, as well as click a second button which looks a lot like it should be the Home button (it’s not)”.
He suggested that maybe the company should have considered implementing the same intuitive interface from the iPhone.
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