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Anti-Dentite

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Since the announcement back in september I've been wondering what what the different haptic feedbacks for left and right while using apple maps navigation would be like. Did any of the reviewers mention this?
 

Lizardo90

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Since the announcement back in september I've been wondering what what the different haptic feedbacks for left and right while using apple maps navigation would be like. Did any of the reviewers mention this?

I think it just taps you to let you know your turn is coming up.
 

zed2

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I think it just taps you to let you know your turn is coming up.

From the keynote presentation it's supposed to navigate you without the need to look at the screen. So there should be a difference between turn left and turn right. So we're all going to turn in to remote controlled zombies.
 

shawnchittle

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This is the #2 reason why I paid $1,100 for this thing!

The video does not explain left vs right.

Maybe it doesn't do different ones? I think Kevin said that in the original demo. It would seem that patterns for left or right could be accomplished, much like Morse code dots and dashes.

Then again, if you have more choices than left or right (multiple intersection) that's going to be difficult. Perhaps in this version it just warns you a turn is coming and you need to glance and see what that turn might be?

(P.S. Reason #1 is getting texts on my wrist and being able to ignore them as necessary)
 
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shawnchittle

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Kevin's demo from Sept 2014 specifically states "different feelings for each direction"

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RangeMaster619

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This is something I look forward too when backpacking and in the backwoods. There are already apps in development where you can download off line maps so it will still work even without service.
 

GuzziKevin

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This is something I look forward too when backpacking and in the backwoods. There are already apps in development where you can download off line maps so it will still work even without service.

I was wondering if anyone else was going to use the Watch for hiking. I have emailed MotionX asking if they had any apps in development but haven't heard anything. Hopefully they, or someone else, will come up with an app that displays a topo map with the current track and custom complications like distance traveled, altitude, total ascent, total descent, etc. I'm sure it's just a matter of time.

What apps have you heard of that are in development?
 

chfilm

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I also really hope they kept the different feelings for left vs right... Was looking forward to this. Even though I could see them canceling this feature cause of some described scenarios in which it wouldn't work perfectly. But how cool would it be???
 

cwosigns

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It's probably just like the iPhone's navigation when you're in a call. One beep/tap for one direction and two beeps/taps for the other.
 

Chiguy12

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From the keynote presentation it's supposed to navigate you without the need to look at the screen. So there should be a difference between turn left and turn right. So we're all going to turn in to remote controlled zombies.

LOL hopefully people don't start turning too early and going off cliffs.
 

Cuyler

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From the keynote presentation it's supposed to navigate you without the need to look at the screen. So there should be a difference between turn left and turn right. So we're all going to turn in to remote controlled zombies.

Well, it already tells you to stand up... perhaps it will automatically start directing you to the local Apple store whenever it feels you need an upgrade. :)

Here's a quote from an April 10 Macworld review:
You aren't the only one doing the tapping when it comes to the Apple Watch. The watch incorporates what Apple is calling a "Taptic Engine". This enables it to 'tap' your wrist to alert you to notifications. These notifications could be for messages from friends, or they could be to tell you to turn left or right when following directions - that's right, there are different kinds of taps depending on whether you should turn right or left.
 
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RangeMaster619

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I was wondering if anyone else was going to use the Watch for hiking. I have emailed MotionX asking if they had any apps in development but haven't heard anything. Hopefully they, or someone else, will come up with an app that displays a topo map with the current track and custom complications like distance traveled, altitude, total ascent, total descent, etc. I'm sure it's just a matter of time.

What apps have you heard of that are in development?

Go here... Gaia GPS is developing a Watch App for backpackers...

http://blog.gaiagps.com/gaia-gps-for-apple-watch-topo-maps-and-more/
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Cuyler

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Here's a more detailed description of the taps (from the Time Out London Blog):
No sign of rain, so I walk to my meeting, the destination of which I read out to the watch. It shows a map and taps my wrist as I’m approaching a junction, with a simple tap for left and a busier tap for right. It’s like having a guide dog and 20/20 vision all at once. I don’t have to take my iPhone out of my pocket to see where I’m going, which could come in handy if you’re finding your way through a sketchy part of the city late at night.

Someone on Reddit said it was one tape for left and two taps for right — I'm guessing it does two quick taps for right turns, but we'll find out soon enough after more people get a watch and experience it themselves.
 
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Cashmonee

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Go here... Gaia GPS is developing a Watch App for backpackers...

http://blog.gaiagps.com/gaia-gps-for-apple-watch-topo-maps-and-more/
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For those wondering, this is exactly why we need more battery life. That app looks great, but there is no way the watch and phone will last for even a long day hike, much less backpacking. Those two screen shots are drool worthy though, but I need at least 2 day battery from the phone and watch with GPS on for that to be a replacement for other devices.

On a side note, turn by turn for hiking scares me. People should not rely on turn by turn type of directions when hiking anywhere that is remotely wilderness. If you are going hiking, you really need to prepare properly. Part of that is having gone over the trail/area map and descriptions ahead of time, and taking and knowing how to use a paper map. I fear if turn by turn becomes big for hiking/backpacking, there will be a lot more unprepared people out there getting themselves into truly life threatening situations. At some point we have to know how to do things ourselves.
 

RangeMaster619

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Jun 25, 2010
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For those wondering, this is exactly why we need more battery life. That app looks great, but there is no way the watch and phone will last for even a long day hike, much less backpacking. Those two screen shots are drool worthy though, but I need at least 2 day battery from the phone and watch with GPS on for that to be a replacement for other devices.

On a side note, turn by turn for hiking scares me. People should not rely on turn by turn type of directions when hiking anywhere that is remotely wilderness. If you are going hiking, you really need to prepare properly. Part of that is having gone over the trail/area map and descriptions ahead of time, and taking and knowing how to use a paper map. I fear if turn by turn becomes big for hiking/backpacking, there will be a lot more unprepared people out there getting themselves into truly life threatening situations. At some point we have to know how to do things ourselves.

I totally agree about being prepared for a long hike, or multi-day hike. The :apple:watch would be simply a cool gadget to use while on the trail and to track my hike. By no means would it be my only way of navigating the backcountry. My wife and I always bring maps and each carry our own, just in case.

As for battery life... I never really backpack for more than 8 hours a day. For the rest of the time I have a portable battery to recharge any USB devices that I have. I also have a small solar panel I take with me also to recharge the portable battery when I am not using it.
 

anez

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This is one of the things I am most excited to try out! I hate having my phone out when I am in an urban area I don't know, so the ability to keep my phone in my pocket, and my watch hidden, and still get ongoing directions? That's a huge draw for me, so I really hope they keep the left/right directions as separate.

However, I'm kind of hoping --don't shoot me-- that you can integrate it with Google maps, as well. I'm not very fond of Google, but their location reports for businesses is better than Apple's for my country. I just opened Maps on my phone and scrolled around the city center, and I can spot a few big mistakes almost immediately.
 
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