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Applewatch week without Challenge

Applewatch week without Challenge
  First notable observation was how quickly my iPhone battery ran down 'Did I really not use my phone as much before?'  It is crazy to think that an Apple Watch can reduce the usage of an iPhone, but on a very important positive far better for my eyes. I definitely feel a degree of reassurance with my applewatch on, which was more accentuated by not wearing it, I constantly looked at my wrist as it wasn't there I took to looking at my iPhone afraid I’d miss the things I completely rely on my watch for.   I hated not getting notifications via prominent haptics. As a result I was constantly revisiting my phone to check for notifications, and once my phone was open I checked everything which was both time consuming and wearing on my eyes and pretty unproductive! The next negative, the most obvious one for somebody...
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My Applewatch after 365 Days

My Applewatch after 365 Days
A year ago I first blogged about my applewatch , link below, the reaction was unbelievable. I fully intended to return my applewatch within 14 days, however, it transported me on a journey into a new world of accessibility, confidence and independence. In three words I’d describe it as 'Accessible, Enabling and Empowering'. I guess the best way to explain why it has been a game changer for me is to give an idea of what I deal with on a daily basis having  Usher Syndrome (deafblindness).  Besides being severely deaf, blind and deafblind and the obvious not being able to hear or see well there are the added extras people often don’t consider.  Communication, mobility and little awareness. As a result of my condition I have suffered with anxiety and depression, mainly because of lack of understanding. I rely on technology, for me it isn't simply about having the latest...
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My Enabling "Accessibility Kit"

My Enabling "Accessibility Kit"
I was recently asked to trial the new ReSound Multi Mic.  It is a tiny piece of kit with bluetooth connectivity to my Linx2 hearing aids, iPhone and applewatch so absolutely perfect accessibility for me. Multi Mic can be used by being attached to one person, by being placed on a table enabling brilliant accessibility to small group conversation.  It can also be used as a microphone up to 25 metres. I collected the Multi Mic from the guys at ReSound on my way to an event.  As usual I was given time and a full explanation as to how it works then had my hearing aids paired to the equipment and told it had been fully charged so ready to go. On this occasion my Mum had her chauffeur hat on and was driving me to Manchester so I asked her to wear the Multi Mic, switched on I...
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My Applewatch Experience 8 Months On

My Applewatch Experience 8 Months On
I thought it fitting that my first blog of 2016 should be an update on "My Applewatch Experience" after 8 months and to mention the project set up to fund it for others. I’ve read lots of posts about applewatch, some very technical, some good and some bad. For me it has been more personal, more about accessibility and inclusivity and how it has changed my life, enhanced it in ways I didn't believe to be possible. Who would have thought a watch could bring independence, aid mobilty, reduce isolation and along with it confidence. In my first blog  http://www.mollywatt.com/blog/entry/my-apple-watch-after-5-days  I talked about maps and safe navigation using taptics, my world has opened hugely and I have used this feature a great deal not just around the UK but also in Boston and Miami. It is very accurate and very impressive.  I’ve now found applewatch apps for public transport which...
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New Year's Eve 2015 - Happy New Year & Thank you

New Year's Eve 2015 - Happy New Year & Thank you
I'm going out tonight, it's New Years Eve and I, like most want to be out and to welcome the new year with my friends. Being out on one of the busiest nights of the year is quite a challenge, it's dark and it's crowded, two of the worse nightmares for anybody with Usher Syndrome and I can only do it because I have the most amazing friends who know my challenges, know my weaknesses and my vulnerabilities.   They also know how to make me feel indifferent and we have a great time. I am fortunate to live in a small town where I know quite a lot of people and even more people know me.  What is nice about this is not only my friends but people who have seen me around with my guide dog Unis or in the media know who I am but more importantly...
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