May 18, 2015 in Technology
Using one overlooked feature on her Apple Watch, a blind and deaf woman learned to navigate any city.
This is Molly Watt, a woman living with a genetic disorder called Usher syndrome that affects her sight and hearing. She began experimenting with the functionality of her Apple Watch in April.
There’s been plenty of negative commentary popping up online about Apple Watch. Some reviewers have dismissed it as a luxury item — “an iPhone sales engine” — without any real, game-changing features. But Watt found one crucially important function that’s been overlooked by the press, something most users take for granted.
“I was born deaf and registered blind when I was 14. The condition I have is Usher Syndrome Type 2a. I am severely deaf and have only a very small tunnel of vision in my right eye now,” she explained. She ordered the Apple Watch Sport in the larger size, she said, “so I’d not lose it quite so easily.”
Watt was already accustomed to using an iPhone, so navigating her Apple Watch wasn’t too difficult. She had to tweak a few accessibility features first. She increased the default font size to match the settings on her phone. Then she turned on another accessibility feature, called Prominent Haptic.