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THE NOSE KNOWS

Almost half of Apple Watch owners have used their nose to operate the device

A customers wears an Apple Watch as the public have its first chance to see, touch and pre-order the watch in Sydney, Friday, April 10, 2015. Prices start at $349, but can go as high as $17,000 for a luxury edition in gold. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
AP Photo/Rick Rycroft
Hands-free.
By Alice Truong

Deputy editor

This article is more than 2 years old.

For most Apple Watch owners, hands-free control means calling on Siri to take care of simple tasks. But according to a new survey, close to half of them admit they’ve used their noses to interact with the smartwatch.

Research firm Wristly presented some of the insights it’s gathered from thousands of Apple Watch owners over eight months at Glance Conf—an independently run conference centered on the business of the Apple Watch—held today (Dec. 10) in San Francisco. One of the most intriguing findings was the number of people who use their “nose as an input device.”

Of the 1,040 Apple Watch owners surveyed, 46% said they have interacted with the smartwatch using their noses. Another 28% of respondents said they hadn’t but indicated that they “now want to try.”

As some users have pointed out on forums, the nose is a good alternative when both hands are occupied (eg. carrying groceries) or covered by gloves that don’t work on touch screens. One reddit user called the nose tap ”a day 1 skill for me,” useful especially to dismiss timers and notifications.

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