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shenfrey

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May 23, 2010
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Is it true that only we - the wearers - will know when we get a notification?

That was the embarrassing thing about other smart watches like the moto 360, I'll be in a lecture hall and all of a sudden there will be this huge vibrating sound coming from my wrist. Not good. I could silence it sure, but if it's true about Apple watch then it's a much nicer alternative.
 

KauaiBruce

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Jul 5, 2007
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That is what it sounds like (or doesn't sound like :D ). I can hear my Pebble vibrate in the next room it is so loud. I will LOVE being able to stand in a group and NOT have to look at my phone when I hear a ding.
 

Cuyler

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Jun 16, 2009
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I believe you can change the intensity of the tapic feedback in the settings higher or lower according to your needs, however it's hard to say how well it works in real life without using one for awhile. The noisy environment of the Apple store could easily down out vibration sounds that you could hear in a classroom. I think we need to wait until next to get better feedback from new watch owners.
 

daijholt

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Jun 14, 2013
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It's a safe assumption. the tactic engine is different to standard watches. The Moto and pebble have actual vibration motors in them that spin rapidly. Apple watch doesn't. Electromagnets or some such if I recall.
 

macAllen

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Feb 24, 2009
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Is it true that only we - the wearers - will know when we get a notification?

That was the embarrassing thing about other smart watches like the moto 360, I'll be in a lecture hall and all of a sudden there will be this huge vibrating sound coming from my wrist. Not good. I could silence it sure, but if it's true about Apple watch then it's a much nicer alternative.

I agree! I have the original pebble and dread when I got a notification. The vibration compared to the Watch is superb. Taptic feedback is exactly how Johnny Ive explained it in the Introducing The Watch video. It's haptic and feels like some one is literally tapping on your wrist. Vibrations are short and discrete, but still viable.

I've like many other have tried one on and can attest that I don't think that it will be heard in a quite room even more so with the professor talking, unlike the pebble.
 

Gav2k

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Jul 24, 2009
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You can't hear it at all trust me I shoved my ear up to it when I tried it on. And the sensation is as they say 'like someone tapping you'
 

Ergates-thi-Ant

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Sep 9, 2013
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That is what it sounds like (or doesn't sound like :D ). I can hear my Pebble vibrate in the next room it is so loud. I will LOVE being able to stand in a group and NOT have to look at my phone when I hear a ding.

Wow, mine is almost silent. You can only just hear it when it goes off on my wrist. If I'm resting the watch on a desk, though, then the buzz is alarmingly loud. Original kickstarter edition here.
 

LuvAussies

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Jul 31, 2003
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I tried one on and felt it the other day, it really does just feel like a tap on the wrist! I didn't hear anything. It's very nice!
 

tsrail

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Nov 21, 2011
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No sound - light tap

When I first tried it on in-store - I had the band a bit loose. The Apple employee was showing me features and ask "did you feel that?" "Feel what?" I asked.

The tapping was very subtle, and with the watch loose, I didn't even notice. Once I adjusted the band to get a normal fit, I felt it just fine.

Not sure if the intensity of the tap is adjustable. The demo units in store are not fully functional/configurable at this point.

As for one who spends time in meetings or places where loud mobile phone BUZZing is noticed and unappreciated, I think this alert technique will be excellent.:)
 
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