Digital Touch... Is it your true heartbeat?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by jknopp, May 20, 2015.

  1. jknopp macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Northern NJ
    Have had my  Watch for a few days now and it's awesome! I was even able to dabble in the digital touch feature. I sent a buddy of mine my heartbeat, which I understand to be your actual heartbeat. But when sending a heartbeat, the green LEDs on the back don't shine! I also took my pulse manually to see if they match up, which they didn't at first. Is this truly your heartbeat for that exact moment? :confused:

    edit: The watch doesn't even need to be on your wrist to send a heartbeat... Calling BS on this feature!
  2. Starfox macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011
    Sounds like BS - it starts sending out your heartbeat faster than the hw could ever get a reading.
  3. chrismac2 macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I have had this feature send different heart rates at different times. So, I could be wrong, but I believe what it's doing is just sending your heartbeat at its most recently background measured rate.

    That's why it will even work when the phone is not on your wrist, it just uses the most recent measurement.
  4. Starfox macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011
    I don't think the phone should ever be on your wrist you might be doing it wrong :=x

    (Yes, I know what you meant, I just couldn't resist XD)
  5. h9826790 macrumors G3


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    AFAIK, it's your last HR measurement. As you said, you can send it even though it's not on your wrist, but it's your HR, just not the current HR.

    To make the measurement and send it out at the same time may cause more trouble than what we expect (just like every character you type will be send out at the same time, and you can't change it).
  6. shenfrey, May 20, 2015
    Last edited: May 20, 2015

    shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Digital Touch... Is it your true heartbeat?

    Only a little gimmick, I don't see it becoming a feature that takes off until Apple/3rd devs expand on it.
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Well, it is still your own heart rate, and not someone elses. Quite intimite I would say.
  8. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010

    Your right, it's very intimate.

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