Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Apple watchOS 7 adds handwashing detection

Apple has announced that the next version of watchOS adds handwashing detection:

Apple Watch uses the motion sensors, microphone, and on-device machine learning to automatically detect handwashing motions and sounds. It then initiates a 20-second countdown timer, and if the user finishes early, they will be prompted to keep washing. Apple Watch can also conveniently remind the user to wash their hands when they return home.

The Health app on iPhone will show frequency and duration of the user’s handwashing, as well as information on the importance of handwashing, as it relates to overall health. Sounds used to detect handwashing are not automatically recorded or saved by the Health app or Apple Watch.

watchOS 7 will run on:
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple Watch Series 4
Apple Watch Series 5

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