Hidden feature in Apple Watch discovered by deafblind woman

A deafblind woman who was born with Usher’s syndrome, discovered a usually overlooked feature in Apple’s recently released Apple Watch.

Molly Watt, who has been a long-time iPhone user, said she ordered her Apple Watch in April, and discovered the smartwatch’s overlooked feature while she was trying to adjust its accessibility features.

Molly found that Apple’s “Taptic Engine” feature, which gives the watch the ability to gently tap users on their wrists for notifications received from their phones, can do so much more.

Molly discovered that these “taps” can also serve as directions on the watch’s Maps feature. She told that the moseful useful app is that of Maps and that on her iPhone she can plan her journey.

“I can be directed without hearing or sight, but by a series of taps via the watch onto my wrist. 12 taps means turn right at the junction or 3 pairs of 2 taps means turn left. I’m still experimenting with this but so far very impressed — Usher syndrome accessible!”

On her blog, Molly also added that Apple products have allowed her access to may things that most take for granted, “but that those of us with deafblindness particularly struggle with.”

Source: Max Plenke on the News.Mic website: A Deafblind Woman Found a Hidden Feature in Her Apple Watch That Changed Her Life