Wired has published an in-depth look at the development of the Apple Watch today. One thing that stands out to me is the thought that has apparently gone into designing the ‘Taptic Engine’ that notifies you of events by vibrating against your wrist.
“When they had the engine dialed in, they started experimenting with a Watch-specific synesthesia, translating specific digital experiences into taps and sounds.
“What does a tweet feel like? What about an important text? To answer these questions, designers and engineers sampled the sounds of everything from bell clappers and birds to lightsabers and then began to turn sounds into physical sensations.”
It sounds like a fascinating R&D process. The full article is well worth a read.