Watch UI interactions

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Rogifan, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
  2. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    It's only going to be annoying. You want to get to info ASAP, not to look at a giant icon announcing it to the whole world around you that you spend all your day monitoring Facebook.
  3. Tanegashima macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2009
    Switch fb notifications for badges only.

  4. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
  5. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
  6. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Short Look looks like a fantastic way to present notifications. Glance to see the basic info and if interested keep looking and it becomes informative and actionable. Very intuitive method and will suit the small watch's form factor.
  7. Rogifan thread starter macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    I agree so long as it works. Everything about this product fascinates me in so many ways. MG Siegler says those who have had time with Watch call it very impressive. Yet the Verge's Nilay Patel claims the people he's talked to in the Valley are polar opposites - they either love it or think it's going to be a complete disaster. I get the feeling the negativity is coming from people who have not used the watch and their opinion is based on the limited information we have about the device.
  8. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010

    Say I am sitting next to you. I may be looking all around, at other people, at my own watch at my phone, staring into space etc etc.

    How do YOU know I'm looking at you?

    The only way YOU do this is that you look at my eyes, if my eyes are focused on you, then you know I'm looking at you.

    Not the angle I'm sitting, not even the angle/direction of my head/face.

    Think about that for a bit...........
  9. Rogifan thread starter macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    What is your point?
  10. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    My point is all this "Magical" and frankly silly talk we are having about how the Apple Watch is going to apparently according to some, going to somehow know when you are and are not looking at it.

    Turning the screen on, when it knows you want to look at it, and off when you are not.

    Sorry, I just can't see this as a reality.

    Yes, you could sit at a desk, and program the screen to come on when it detects a specific movement, or a rotation change, but such a method is way too set up for reality.

    I just think some are expecting a miracle here, the Watch will know you are wanting to look at it and turn on. Not just reaching for something on a shelf, scratching your nose, driving your car etc etc, a million and one other wrist movements which have nothing to do with looking at your watch.

    I don't understand how these people think that "Without a device looking at your eyes" anything is going to have a clue that you are looking at it, and not doing something else.

    Think some are expecting way to much here.
  11. Mascots, Nov 21, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2014

    Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    You're over thinking it.

    When you are looking at the watch, specifically to look at the display, you will hold it towards your face.

    It will have a point on the X, Y, and Z axis when you hold it in that position, which if within a range that millions of dollars of R&D will determine the most efficient, the display will turn on. Using the gyroscope you can determine more information than just X, Y, and Z coordinates and use that feedback to determine if conditions warrant turning on the display.

    There will be instances in which you can't move your wrist to satisfy the conditions, sure. But you've got a home button.
    There will be instances in which you move your arm and it enables, sure. When you move your wrist back it'll turn off.

    It's not going to be perfect, but it's got high-end positioning sensors, a few million dollars of R&D, and soon a large customer base to fine tune with to make it pretty close.
  12. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Oh, I know you could demonstrate on camera, in a review specific circumstances when this would look like it works amazingly well.

    As you say, you could try and make it work by specifying an XYZ axis, so that whenever the watch was around that position it would guess you are looking at it, and turn on.

    Problem there is, it will be turning on all day long when you are doing other movements.

    In a meeting or a restaurant, arms on the table, is going to be a different XYZ orientation to look at the watch face, then when you are standing up and looking at the watch face. Not to mention laying down.

    I'm not saying it's bad. Just that I feel some people's expectations that this is going to work very well are a bit far fetched.

    I could suggest this, and perhaps apple may do this.

    Leave it up to the user to set.

    Apple could have, for example 6 user defined viewing positions you can set up yourself.

    So you get your watch, sit at YOUR desk, the way YOU sit, and twist you arm the way YOU twist it, and when YOU are looking at the watch, you could tell it to memorize that orientation.

    Then do the same at home, when you are laying on the couch in the evening watching TV, and again, when you are standing up, say waiting for your bus/train.

    Again, it will be tricked, but that could be a reasonable idea, as Apple does not know what position you sit/lay at work or at home.
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    I'm sure it'll work much better than Android's Air Gestures. I've triggered it accidentally too many times on my friend's SG.
  14. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009
    Since :apple:'s software lately has such a low quality compared to Samsung's, and Gear S does turn on accidentally sometimes when you're not looking at it, and doesn't turn on sometimes when you are, I wouldn't expect any magic from :apple:. The reality is, a box with no eyes in it, just relying on accelerometer and gyro, cannot 100% reliably detect if you're actually looking at it.
  15. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    You're a funny guy.
  16. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    He doesn't know much about Apple. In another thread he thought NIKE+ app was designed by Apple even when it's plenty clear it doesn't have any design characteristic of iOS 8.
  17. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Those of us who've had smartwatches know it's nowhere near that easy!

    Some problems can't be solved by throwing money at them. Especially since there is no particular orientation that is guaranteed to work.

    Sometimes you're laying on your side, with your watch right at your face already, and you just want it to come on with the slightest turn of your wrist. But if it does it that easily, then it'll probably also come on waaaay too many other unwanted times.

    Or you have your hands folded in front of you at a meeting, and you want to discretely check the time or a notification. Again, you might want to just slightly turn your wrist.

    Other times you will indeed bring it up in a normal look-at-it motion, but you might not do it quick enough to trigger it. So you get used to doing a wrist flick hoping to make it come on. Sometimes you just give up and hit the button :)

    All this is why some smartwatches are made to be always on. Their designers have the experience to know that this is the best default mode of all. But it of course requires a display and battery that can do it.
  18. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2009

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