In an Apple Special Event on September 12, 2018 from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, CA, the company announced the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4. This is their summary description:
Fundamentally redesigned and re‑engineered with the largest Apple Watch display yet. Advanced heart monitoring capabilities. Digital Crown with haptic feedback. And new features to help you stay even more active, healthy and connected.
According to Apple, this gave you Easy Ways to Connect with the freedom of cellular.
Take a call from the trail. Check in with a buddy over Walkie-Talkie. Keep your workouts going by streaming Apple Music. Or raise your wrist and ask Siri to start your “Workout Playlist.” Apple Watch Series 4 with cellular makes it easy to stay connected to the people and information you care about most. Even when you don’t have your phone.
One thing they do not mention is Connecting with your Smart Home as is discussed in our previous post.
The Apple Watch Series 4 Connects You With Your Mobile Living Space
TechieLiving is concerned with digital technology related to your Living Space. If you think about that concept, you may realize that there are two kinds of Living Space. There are static locations like your Home or your Work Location. Another Living Space is the one you live in continuously as you move around. This Mobile Living Space is the one the Apple Watch helps you connect with. How can the Apple Watch help you connect with those static Living Spaces?
Connecting With Your Smart Home
A key factor in designing digital technology is Usability or User Experience (UX). UX design for devices associated with your Mobile Living Space may be different from what is needed for your static Living Spaces. If different devices are used for the two types of space, then the interconnections must also be designed with UX in mind.
Your smart assistant as represented by your Apple Watch is with you at all times. It can monitor all that is happening and suggest appropriate actions. It must also have a user-friendly connection with the systems that make your Home Smart. Both Apple and device suppliers such as Samsung with its SmartThings are now designing what is needed. Here is how Samsung describes what it offers:
- Add SmartThings to your Apple Watch for quick, easy control of your smart home automations.
- The SmartThings Apple Watch app lets you activate Routines with a single tap.
It is important to remember that you as the Smart Home Designer may be the only one in the household with an Apple Watch. Other residents in the home will need other ways of interacting with the system. They too should enjoy a good User Experience.
Other Benefits – Haptic Response
In moving to a smaller device, clearly some functions must be limited in how they are handled. When using a smartphone as compared with a laptop, much simpler actions must be used. In going yet further and moving down from a smartphone to a watch, further simplification of actions is required.
To compensate, Apple has included haptic response in the functionality of the watch. To ensure error-free communication, your Watch will give you feedback on every action you take. This is achieved as follows: the Taptic Engine, a tiny motorized actuator inside the Watch, powers haptic feedback. This type of feedback provides a subtle tactile sensation, which is detected by the fingers’ sense of touch.
Other Benefits – Heart Monitoring and Fall Detection
The new Apple Watch could save your life. If your Smart Assistant detects a potential problem, then it can provide appropriate assistance. The link is to an article written in New Zealand but the features are available everywhere. The sensors in the watch can monitor heart rate and can also signal when the owner may have fallen. Particularly for seniors who may be at greater risk, the Apple Watch provides very needed monitoring.
Making All Your Living Spaces Smart
TechieLiving works in your living space, wherever that may be. The Apple Watch Series 4 is an extremely useful complement to the other smart devices you may have around you. As using voice commands gains popularity as an easier way to interact with your Smart Home, the Apple Watch makes Siri available anytime anywhere. You do not need to fill the house with Siri devices in every space. It’s very convenient and it is much more affordable. As the saying goes, “Don’t leave home without it”.