How does Apple watch know when you stand?

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  1. venividivigor macrumors 6502

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    I doubt it does. It could only sense increased activity.
     
  3. stevenlau macrumors newbie

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    then how does apple watch know when we are cycling?
     
  4. Julien macrumors G3

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    Same way it knows when you rase and twist your wrist to look at the face. It uses an accelerometer.
     
  5. anez macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure it does. My "stand up and move" notification went off yesterday during a family dinner, so I wasn't in a position to do so without causing a disruption. I figured I'd give waving it around a little bit a shot, and I still got the credit.

    It's based on the heart rate monitoring, I think.
     
  6. Plx32 macrumors member

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    Some people say it is when you let your arm hanging while standing.

    The accelerometer should notice a difference between sitting (watch mostly horizontal) and standing (watch mostly vertical).
     
  7. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816

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    My guess it uses algorithms in combination with the accelerometer to judge the type of activity you are doing. I read in another article the watch can learn the way you move to the point where it can even accurately track your distance without the phone.
     
  8. Julien macrumors G3

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    So when you naturally stand you wave your arms around in the air?:D

    If you want to 'fool' it you should try holding your arm down in a natural standing position and slightly swinging back and forth.
     
  9. anez macrumors 6502

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    When I naturally stand, it doesn't always give me my credit. The alert usually goes off at ten to the hour, and is only supposed to happen if you do not already have a standing credit for the hour, but sometimes mine goes off even when I have done some gentle walking around in the previous hour. I also find that if I simply stand and walk around naturally when the alert goes off, it doesn't register the credit. Sometimes I have to jog around a little bit or wave my arms to get it to ping me with the "you've added another minute to your stand goal" notice.

    It's a little temperamental, really, but I expected that of a first-gen product. To be fair, my average/standard walking speed is extremely fast, so if it's basing my moving/not-moving status on that, I can see why it would be confused when I am tired and moving sluggishly because I just want to sit down again, lol.
     
  10. Mic2904 macrumors 6502

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    My reminder came up yesterday when I was driving my car :D

    I hope it didnt go in a huff, since I ignored that request :D
     
  11. peridot9799 macrumors newbie

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    My "Time to stand up" reminder kept showing up when I AM actually standing and busying in the kitchen. It's kind of annoying cause I won't get enough credit for standing up due to the fact that it can't tell if I'm standing or sitting correctly.
     
  12. slpslee1 macrumors member

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    Mine was flawless at first, but lately it's taken to notifying me to stand up when I'm already up and moving and don't have time to take a break and go sit somewhere so I can stand up again. But now that I've tracked my activity (at least somewhat precisely) for a few days, I'm considering just turning the notifications off and winging it. It does make you aware, though. I think I may wait till it's a little more mature to use it as a hard and fast indicator.
     
  13. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    odd timing

    The odd things is, it goes off at very similar times (sometimes EXACTLY the same) for my GF and me. It's not a time of day thing and doesn't really seem to be when we're doing the same activity (like watching some TV or something) last night at 18:40 we both got the move alert and were in different parts of the house..

    it's a bit odd
     
  14. pjschmid macrumors member

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    No alerts and no credit

    I just got my watch today and I haven't gotten any alerts / taps to stand nor have I gotten any credit when I did move / stand. I'm wondering if this thing is working at all. I have turned off wrist detection since it keeps my watch locked practically 100% of the time making it basically useless.

    I'm not having a very good experience thus far and I so wanted to love my watch :(
     
  15. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

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    Actually it uses the accelerometer and gyroscope. Those two sensors can work in tandem to perform complex calcs of your motion, acceleration, etc.
     
  16. iHeading macrumors member

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    You have to jump and break dance.. LOL
     
  17. rhyme macrumors regular

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    A quick squat is enough to make it start counting, but you then have to keep moving about for the following minute. For me, it counts standing only when I am moving about, not if I am hard at work at a standing desk for the whole hour.
     
  18. pjschmid macrumors member

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    Okay, am I the only one that thinks this sound a bit crazy. :apple: should fix this feature, it just isn't working correctly. I have to imagine that people tested this under normal daily activity situations. How could this get by them?
     
  19. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    I do a lot of driving for work and it goes off while I'm driving.
     
  20. PatrickNSF macrumors 6502

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    From what I understand, it's set to go off at 10 minutes before "clock hour" unless you've already stood (and moved) that hour. So the hours are measured w/r/t to the clock, not w/r/t when you last moved.
     
  21. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    You haven't mastered standing up in a car yet since having your AW ;)?
     
  22. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    funny

    it's funny though, i will often get the notification to stand AFTER I just just stood up and moved around. It's a bit late at that time, but mostly irrelevant.
     
  23. Sphyrna macrumors regular

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    That happened to me twice last night. I had just got up, walked downstairs, got something to drink, went to the bathroom, walked back upstairs, etc. All done standing up. Shortly after sitting down the watch is telling me to stand up.
     

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