How the Apple Watch is opening up new ways to communicate

“David Woodbridge, who is blind and the Senior Adaptive Technology Consultant at Vision Australia, said he was pleasantly surprised how simple the Apple Watch is to use, at an event in advance of Thursday’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day at the Apple Store in Sydney on Tuesday,” Ariel Bogle writes for Mashable. “He particularly praised the usability and linearity of its interface.”

“Woodbridge told Mashable Australia he regularly uses apps like TripView — a Sydney transport timetable platform — on his Apple Watch,” Bogle writes. “The watch speaks to him and lets him know when the next train is coming, without having to remove his iPhone from his pocket.

“Alex Jones, who has been deaf from birth and works for Ai Media, a captioning company, has also found the device useful because it works with touch. “Deaf people rely on sensitivity, on feeling,” Jones said,” Bogle writes. “For him, the Apple Watch’s haptic technology — or what Apple is calling its ‘Taptic Engine,’ to deliver taps to your wrist — has been particularly helpful for navigation ‘I use the haptic technology to tell me when I arrive in the city … with the deaf community, we can feel the pulses whether to go left or right,’ he added. ‘If I’m running, it’s good because I can feel the vibrations — I can feel how fast I’m going, whether to slow down or go quicker.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple leads by significant margins in accessibility on the desktop, in mobile, and in wearables thanks to many thoughtful features offered in OS X, iOS, and Watch OS.


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