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Apple Watch users will soon able to control their smartwatch using hand gestures

Updated: May 25, 2021

The Apple Watch Assistive Touch feature is intended to make it easier to use your smartwatch for users with upper limb differences.

Assistive Touch for Apple Watch

Apple Watch receives a new feature, AssistiveTouch, which enables users to monitor their intelligent clock without ever having to touch it. Apple Watch can detect muscle movement and tendon activity through built-in motion sensors, heart rate monitors, and on-device machine learning. This means users can use subtle hand movements, like a squeeze or clench to navigate their Apple Watch.

Users can respond to calls or access the control center by means of simple gestures. Apple says that the concept behind the Apple Watch's Assistive Touch feature is to make it easier to use the smartwatch for users with upper limbs. A feature such as Apple Watch's AssistiveTouch is intended for people with mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive impairments. This function is scheduled "later this year" for the Apple Watch.

Another feature that comes later this year is support for eye-tracking devices from third parties, which enable users to monitor the tablet with their eyes. When Apple releases the update, compatible MFI devices track where a user looks on the screen and the pointer looks at it.

Voiceover, a blind and visually impaired screen reader, will come as well. The accessibility tool provides images with information about individuals, text, table data, and other things. For instance, the function may also define a person's location or object in the picture. Apple also supports its MFi auditory system software with new bidirectional auditory devices. Audiograms that come to Headphone Accommodations are also recognized.

In the meantime, a new function for Background Sounds is intended for people who find it difficult to concentrate or remain calm. In a press release Apple explained, "The sounds of the sea, rain or stream are always in the background, with balanced or dark sounds and mixed in or duck with other sound and the sound of the machine. Moreover, new adaptations to Memoji reflect users with oxygen tubing, cochlear implants, and a soft headwear cask correctly.

While Apple is hard to address new features early on, Cupertino is profoundly concerned about people living with disabilities and special needs in the preview of these power accessibility tools. In the coming months, the new accessibility features will be created, and Apple will hopefully preview the features at the WWDC in June this year when the iOS 15 is announced.


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Source: The Indian Express


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