Revolutionizing Wearables: Apple Watch’s Double Tap Gesture Shakes the Tech World
With the arrival of the iPhone 15 lineup and the latest Apple Watch series, iOS enthusiasts are now delving into the newest features and updates of this generation. The iPhone 15 Pro models boast titanium builds, an innovative Action button, and brighter displays, which have all been well-received. However, it’s the Apple Watch’s Double Tap feature that is turning heads and sparking curiosity.
In essence, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch 2 have introduced a novel functionality known as Double Tap. This feature allows users to answer phone calls, control music playback, navigate widgets, silence alarms, and halt timers—all with a simple gesture, without physically touching their Apple Watch.
Here’s how it works: To activate Double Tap, you perform two quick successive taps with your index finger and thumb, provided your Apple Watch is raised and clearly visible. This intuitive action leverages the Apple Watch’s precisely calibrated accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical heart rate sensor. These sensors work in unison to detect rapid disruptions in blood flow when your fingers are pressed together. The collected data is then processed using advanced machine learning on a lightning-fast neural engine, enabling the Apple Watch to execute various functions based on this biofeedback.
The potential applications of Double Tap are intriguing. Imagine having an Apple ecosystem set up in your bedroom, complete with smart lighting and speakers. You could program the lights to dim and the speakers to play soothing ambient music when it’s time to sleep. Once your Apple Watch is integrated into this ecosystem, all you need to do is perform a Double Tap gesture to initiate these actions when you get into bed.
The Double Tap feature represents an evolution of the pinch-and-clench gesture introduced with AssisstiveTouch in 2021. However, Double Tap refines this concept with a more distinct and deliberate movement, hinting at Apple’s inclination towards touch-free bodily gestures in future product generations.
Apple’s upcoming release, the Vision Pro, takes this concept even further with additional gestures and advanced sensors. The AR/VR headset will be capable of tracking a user’s eye and hand movements, offering a seamless interface with controls that involve punching and swiping.
It’s evident that Apple is just scratching the surface when it comes to gesture controls. A recently filed patent by the company suggests that more gesture-based controls are in the pipeline, possibly extending to the Apple TV.
As for the current Double Tap feature, we’ll provide a more in-depth analysis once we thoroughly test it with the Apple Watch Ultra 2 in an upcoming comprehensive review. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in Apple’s ever-evolving world of innovative technology.