This is Molly Watt, a woman living with a genetic disorder called Usher syndrome that affects her sight and hearing. She began experimenting with the functionality of her Apple Watch in April.
There's been plenty of negative commentary popping up online about Apple Watch. Some reviewers have dismissed it as a luxury item — "an iPhone sales engine" — without any real, game-changing features. But Watt found one crucially important function that's been overlooked by the press, something most users take for granted.
"I was born deaf and registered blind when I was 14. The condition I have is Usher Syndrome Type 2a. I am severely deaf and have only a very small tunnel of vision in my right eye now," she explained. She ordered the Apple Watch Sport in the larger size, she said, "so I'd not lose it quite so easily."
Watt was already accustomed to using an iPhone, so navigating her Apple Watch wasn't too difficult. She had to tweak a few accessibility features first. She increased the default font size to match the settings on her phone. Then she turned on another accessibility feature, called Prominent Haptic.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, ReSound introduced the first hearing aid app designed specifically for Apple Watch. Available immediately to Apple Watch wearers, the ReSound Smart™ app for Apple Watch offers a new, streamlined user experience, allowing users to take advantage of seamless, on-the-go control, right from their wrist. The ReSound Smart app for Apple Watch marks the latest of the company’s efforts to bring forward-looking solutions and greater levels of empowerment to people seeking to take control over their hearing loss.
Through the ReSound Smart app for Apple Watch, users have access to the same level of intuitive Smart Hearing personalization they have come to expect from ReSound, putting the app’s most-used features directly on their wrist. Through the app, users can:
Set preferred volume levels
Adjust treble and bass settings
Change audio profiles as they move though different sound environments
View at-a-glance details about their hearing aids, including the sound profile in use
Someday soon, when workers at Minneapolis advertising agency Space150 leave their key fobs at home, they will have another way to gain office access: the Apple Watch on their wrists.
Apple's much-publicized smartwatch, due for release later this month, will become a kind of key for unlocking the doors with a screen tap or a wrist flick. (Intoning "Open Sesame" will be optional.)
Space150, like thousands of other companies in Minnesota and around the world, are hard at work on apps for the Apple Watch in the belief that the shiny wrist device . - - - - - Read entire Article - - -
- - - - - For Eden Prairie-based Starkey Hearing Technologies, developing for the Apple Watch is a no-brainer because a number of the company's hearing aids already interact closely with the iPhone.
Users of such hearing aids can fine-tune their audio using a Starkey app on the iPhone, and select noise-filter presets for different environments, such as cars and restaurants.
Now they will able to make a number of those adjustments and selections on the Apple Watch as well, said Dave Fabry, Starkey's vice president of audiology and professional relations.
Additional Apple Watch-related possibilities may exist, Fabry added, but the company won't know for sure how these will develop until it gets the the watch later this month.