Sharing heartbeat is fake

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by aebloomfield, May 4, 2015.

  1. aebloomfield macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2014
    Has anyone noticed sharing your "heartbeat" is the same generic beat every time. Just to test I sent mine during a workout with a Bpm of 185. The recipient said it felt the same as always. Disappointing
  2. Pinksteady macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
    Interesting and indeed disappointing. Makes sense though - it usually takes 10-20 seconds to register my heartbeat from the glance so that wait wouldn't translate very well when trying to send it as a message.
  3. BrettDS macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2012
    There was another thread about this earlier today. I think the general consensus is that it uses the last heartbeat reading that it got, which could be 10 or 20 minutes old, so if your heart rate recently changed then it may not be accurate.
  4. sincere11105 macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2013
    I was thinking about this. I haven't gotten my watch yet. Should be next week. Once I get it, I'm going to share a heartbeat before I even put the watch on
  5. Smartdrive macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    Let's hope the recipient doesn't think you are dead and call the ambulance on you! :eek:
  6. aebloomfield thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2014
    I sent it 30 minutes into my workout with a polar strap on my chest sending heartrate to apple watch. Sad this feature is bs
  7. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    That's just a classic epic fail. Well done, Flash Boy!

  8. brazzam macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2015
    I highly doubt the heartbeat being sent is being derived from your chest strap. Third party data is just sent to HealthKit, not to the watch. The watch is using the beat it senses on its own sensors, I'd bet.

    Also, as we have seen people who experienced variations in the heartbeat, it's most likely not completely BS - it might just not be as real-time as Apple makes it seem.

    One piece of anecdotal evidence does not prove a point.
  9. deadworlds macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    Citrus Heights,CA
    I don't think this feature is fake, however like someone mentioned, in the other thread people had said they had sent heartbeats with different bpm. The OP mentioned he sent his 30 moinutes into the workout, where you using the activity app?

    ^what he said
  10. aven8068 macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2015
    I have tried this after a workout with 2 different watches and the haptic on the receiving watch was definitely elevated more so then when my heart was at a resting rate.

    Like someone else said I think it just grabs your last reading and uses that, which could be as old as 10-20 mins.
  11. aebloomfield thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2014
    I'll try again next workout. The chest strap sends realtime heartrate to the watch the full workout. The entire time I get a live view of my heartrate in the workout app, it never has to record it every time I look like the first time I worked out without the chest strap.
  12. sincere11105 macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2013
  13. ricktat macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2013
    Sending your heart beat is pointless. Apple making this silly idea up would be really bad.
  14. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I agree. It doesnt serve a purpose.
  15. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Gimmick. This is the most Samsung feature on the apple watch.
  16. David R macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    A couple days ago I sent my heartbeat during a work out (I was running the Activity app at the same time) and the bpm were indeed noticeable faster. So it's not always the same, but it could simply be a simulation based on your last bpm reading as others have suggested.
  17. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    This is what I think. I've sent the heartbeat and received it to someone else and they appeared different.
  18. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    When I read "sharing heatbeat" I imagine sharing an actual heartbeat sound as heard through a stethoscope and an EKG graph animation:


    Something detailed, unique. Sending just a couple of "bzzzzt" vibrator jolts is not it. You could just press one of the predefined "70bpm", "100bpm", "150bpm" buttons and result will be the same. The recipient cannot verify it anyway.

    100% gimmick. Can't believe people are falling for this ****.

    This would never have happened if Steve Jobs was alive.
  19. deadworlds macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    Citrus Heights,CA
    I for one can't wait to send my other half my heart beat, maybe while they are at work or something. A subtle way of saying "hey I'm thinking of you". Perhaps this is somewhat what apple hoped to achieve with this feature?
  20. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I agree it's a gimmick, but good grief...don't you think you might be overreacting a smidge? What are people "falling for" pray tell?

    And invoking Steve Jobs to boot. C'mon man.

    Yeah, it's kind of a silly and pointless feature. So what?


    Well, there you have it. My wife is pretty insistent that she doesn't want a Watch so I will probably never use this, but if someone likes it then no harm no foul.
  21. zmunkz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2007
    Yeah this is funny... most useless feature I have ever seen... and it doesn't even work?

    Honestly during the keynote I just stared when he talked about that... and in their little video they make it sound all personal and impressive. It is like cook had the idea and nobody had the courage to tell them it was stupid, so they are all just playing along now.
  22. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    On they say this about sharing your heartbeat:

    If this isn't the case, surely Apple would have to be held to account.
  23. Hexcruncher macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2014
    I have removed the watch to test the heartbeat sensor on day 1 because i thought it would be cool to see the LED's on the back of the watch light up. When using the feature to send a heartbeat they didn't light up once, however when using the heart rate glance they did.

    Its a bit strange that it does seem to take from the last heartbeat reading, must be a battery concern that if people were to do this constantly it would lower battery life, that or the sensor cannot detect the heart rate as quickly as they would have liked it to so they use previous data, no one wants to be standing around for 10 seconds waiting to send a message.
  24. wepiii macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2012

    I get that without a chest strap. You don't need the chest strap, it's not doing anything for you and isn't communicating your heart rate to your watch. Maybe to your phone, but not your watch.
  25. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    I suspect people will believe they are sending their current heartbeat. Also I suspect someone might send a heartbreak when they are in a situation where they feel their heart pumping faster etc, so not to have that recorded and sent as a representation of their feelings at the time is kinda BS, or should I say creative marketing.

    So is there something wrong with suddenly feeling excited about your partner, your heart racing, texting them about how much your heart is pumping, for them to receive a resting heart rate..... Yeah, it's BS in my books.

    Thank fully this is just a software fix away to improve the accuracy. have the apple disable the send functionality , till the current HR is taken.


    It's not fake, it's just not realtime as you would expect. I thought it was realtime from the presentations etc


    That's an interesting point.

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