APPLE ANNOUNCES ‘ASSISTIVE TOUCH’ FOR APPLE WATCH THAT WILL ALLOW USERS TO CONTROL FUNCTIONS VIA HAND GESTURES

Apple has previewed some new features for its Apple Watch that include Assistive Touch for the watches wherein users need not touch the display or controls to send commands, as per a press release shared by the company. The advanced feature will allow users to control the Apple Watch by clenching the fist and pinching fingers. The tech giant has launched several other updates in its products to make them more accessible to people with disabilities.

In a demo video, it can be seen that the Assistive Touch will let users control the functions of their watch by not touching the device at all. This feature will allow users with upper body limb differences to access the functions without touching them.

Equipped with a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and on-device machine learning, Apple Watches will be able to detect even minor differences in muscle movement and tendon activity.

For instance, Apple Watch users can answer a call by double clenching the fist. They need not touch the display to answer the call. There are also complex navigations wherein users have to perform multiple movements to select an option. For example, users can double clench during a workout to bring up the menu and then pinch the index finger and their thumb to move up and down the menu. Finally, they can select the desired option by double clenching the fist. Scrolling over the page is also possible by hovering the movement of the hand.

If the user shakes his hand, then the motion pointer can get activated.

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