The Apple watch is for the masses…right?

12th May, 2015 - 1 minute read

“I am so excited about the new Apple Watch. I might buy 2.”

That is what I was thinking a couple of months ago. Now, I have found out that I can’t use it because of my skin colour. If I had a tattoo, it would be even worse. Are Apple now discriminating against tattoos?

Seriously, what is the point in trialling new products on a selected number of people? If we only made websites that worked for laptops and PCs, then think of the leads and sales that our clients would miss out on.

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With the new watch starting to become available, Apple are going to have to move fast to get it working for everyone. Otherwise I won’t be able to take a bite out of the new Apple product.

So what has gone wrong?

There are 2 sensors on the back of the Apple watch that work in infrared and send out-receive visible light. This technique is called photoplethysmography. A light pulse is sent through the skin and picked up by a sensor. All very clever stuff, when it works. Unfortunately the Apple watch can’t get a clear reading on coloured skin and tattoos.

So, for now I will have to wait for my watch. Hopefully it will be sorted soon. Only time will tell (that was a joke).

To find out more, read this great article in Fusion.