How does an Olympic champion who lost his left arm use his Apple Watch?

People should not have limitations, but should work hard to be themselves and find the direction they want to become.

The person who said this is called Wang Jiachao, who is from Jianshui County, Yunnan.

In 1996, when he was only 5 years old, he lost his left arm due to electric shock and suffered a secondary disability.

Ai Faner first met Jia Chao at the Apple Jing'an store in Shanghai. On the eve of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), as a guest, he was invited to share his growth experience and his story with Apple.

Dark skin, thick and powerful muscle lines, and cracked training marks on his knees… Jiachao's first impression is that it is easy to associate him with a soldier or an outdoor athlete. Of course, his experience has also confirmed that There are traces engraved on his body:

  • As a swimmer, he competed in three Paralympic Games from Athens to London, winning one gold, four silver and one bronze;
  • Joined triathlon after retiring in 2015;
  • In 2021, he participated in the Tokyo Paralympics as China's only disabled triathlete and won fourth place in the men's PTS4 level.

Although he had not been in contact with Jiachao for a long time, he filled the one-hour interview with his life experiences, inner activities and various challenges and breakthroughs over the years.

Compared with the focused and aggressive athlete model on the field, Jiachao in person is gentle and easy-going, and there is a hint of "Zen" in the words of the conversation.

I believe this is related to his years of hard training and rich experience. More importantly, as a representative of disabled athletes, Jiachao answered two questions that everyone had about this special group:

  • Why can the "one-armed superman" become a "flying fish in the water"?
  • Accessibility functions, how to remove barriers between electronic products and the disabled community?

When life gives you a lemon, make it lemonade

The reality of one-armed swimming is ultimately a contradiction.

Wang Jiachao himself has actually thought about this problem:

Rather than saying that I became a disabled swimmer, it is better to say that I was selected, so I have always said that being selected must meet the conditions.

Jia Chao jokingly said that if you want to be selected as a disabled swimmer, you must first break an arm or hand.

Sports change destiny, and climbing a transformer also changes destiny.

A naughty incident at the age of 5 turned out to be an accident, causing Jia Chao to lose his left arm. But looking back now, he feels that it was this kind of "misfortune" that allowed him to be selected into the provincial disabled swimming team.

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At the age of 10, Jia Chao entered the provincial team. Recalling his swimming level at that time, Jia Chao once shared:

I learned it on my own, dog pawing style, without drowning. You really learn how to swim when you join the swimming team.

Entering the professional team was not smooth sailing at first. Her mother’s encouragement over the phone, as well as her strong personality, supported Jiachao through the first two months of intense training and officially started his swimming career.

Training, repeated training; competition, non-stop competition.

From the provincial team to the national team, from national competitions to participating in international competitions, Wang Jiachao's name has gradually been seen by more and more people:

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  • In 2003, he won two gold medals and one bronze medal in the 6th Nanjing National Games;
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, fourth place;
  • At the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, he won two silvers and one bronze.

It wasn't until 2012 that he finally stood on the highest podium in the Olympic Games. At this year's London Paralympic Games, Wang Jiachao won one gold and two silver medals.

Speaking of this experience as a swimmer, Jiachao only summarized it in a few words, but behind these years and each medal are more than ten years of repeated training, as well as talents that he did not mention.

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Jiachao said in an interview four years ago:

When I was a child, I was self-taught in swimming. I secretly went to the small river at the entrance of the village and taught myself… At that time, I thought, I must do what others can do, and I must prove it in a certain field. I am better than others and let them look up to me. No matter what I do, I chase other children hard and want to surpass them.

Repetition + hard work + talent are all indispensable factors for this Olympic champion.

Coupled with the drive to refuse to admit defeat and fight for the first place, Jiachao, who is only 1.3 years old and only 1.3 years old, went to Athens to participate in the first Olympic Games in his life and also won his own gold medal as a child. No. 4 in the world that I never thought about.

While in service, Wang Jiachao was admitted to Yunnan Normal University through independent sports admissions and officially retired from the swimming team in 2015.

If the story ended here, it would be a perfect ending for a sport, but Jiachao's two decisions opened up another wonderful life for him.

The year after he retired from the swimming team, Jiachao chose to continue his postgraduate studies at school; it was also this year that Jiachao began to get involved in triathlon, because at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, the triathlon for people with disabilities It will become a Paralympic event for the first time.

I was very excited at the time, thinking about entering the Olympic stage again through this project.

The sports have changed, but the habits developed over the years and the mind that has been honed have not changed, and they are becoming more mature.

In this sport that tests the overall physical quality more, the Jiachao also achieved top results.

As the only disabled triathlete in the Chinese national team, Wang Jiachao ranks third in the International Triathlon Federation PTS4 men's group.

In Tokyo in 2021, Jiachao finished fourth in the PTS4 level triathlon competition. Although he failed to return to the podium, he also fulfilled his original promise and dream – returning to the Olympics again.

After ten years of training, apart from medals and honors, what else has Wang Jiachao gained? He shared two "secrets" during the interview.

The first is confidence.

I actually had very low self-esteem before I joined the swimming team, and even after I joined the swimming team, I also had low self-esteem… But after training and hard work, I found that I gradually became more confident. Confident.

The difference between inferiority complex and self-confidence requires thousands of days and nights of persistence. The enthusiasm for the competition is certainly the motivation to persevere, but the boring training repeated thousands of times in daily life is also the only way for him to realize his dream. .

Jia Chao said that repetition is boring, but valuable. The medals and honors are shining, but the training is not so colorful and more just plain.

None of us feel irritated by repeated hunger, repeated need to go to the bathroom, repeated blinking, repeated speaking, and repeated repetition of these things that basically maintain vital signs every day. If you regard it as a goal and I want to do it, you should not dislike it or be upset. After repetition, I gained a very profound lesson, that is, repetition is the best teacher.

Reconciliation with repetitive boring is also reconciliation with oneself. Inferiority, stress and anxiety all disappear when faced calmly again and again.

Second is health and convenience.

Years of professional training have also allowed Jiachao to acquire more scientific sports knowledge, and he has achieved world-class results in both sports. Hard work and recklessness alone are not enough, and may even shorten his sports life. Scientific exercise and healthy living are a major "magic weapon" for Jia Chao to maintain physical function.

More professional health testing equipment plays an important role in this. Jiachao, who operates devices with one hand all year round, also shared some of his experience in using the "accessibility" function of smart devices.

There is a kind of technological progress called equal rights to use

In daily training, Jiachao usually wears Apple Watch Ultra. In addition to checking the time and notifications on a daily basis, Apple Watch also plays a greater role in professional athletes:

Apple watch and iPhone can really help (me) both physically and mentally.

Jiachao said that because he has no left hand, sometimes for convenience, he can only touch the screen with his lips or press the buttons to complete some commands on the watch.

However, this method does not work all the time. For example, sometimes when it rains during a game, the skin's touch control on the screen does not appear to be so sensitive.

Therefore, Jiachao will set the side button on the Watch to a one-button motion detection mode. As long as he presses it, the watch can automatically detect the motion status. Especially when he is training three sports, he does not need to start each exercise. Reset the sport mode and leave it on all the time.

From swimming to long-distance running to cycling, Apple Watch can automatically identify sports.

After each training session, Jiachao not only uses buttons to end the training mode, he also often uses Siri to control it. Voice interaction will be more user-friendly for users like Jiachao.

I think these are very useful to me.

In addition to these commonly used operations in sports, Jiachao also introduced several Apple Watch auxiliary functions that are used in daily life.

The first is to open "Accessibility – Assistive Touch – Gestures" in the Watch App.

When a blue halo appears on the screen, we can operate according to the default gestures:

  • Two-finger tap: Forward
  • Double tap with two fingers: Return
  • Make a fist: tap lightly
  • Hold it twice: display the operation menu

The second is the "action pointer". After it is turned on, a cursor will appear on the watch's dial. The built-in gyroscope detects the tilt angle of the wrist, and the cursor can move to the specified place. After a short pause, the icon or option can be selected.

Jia Chao said that the "action pointer" action pointer is an easter egg function for him.

The above two auxiliary functions allow us to interact with the device without directly touching the watch screen.

On this year's Global Accessibility Day, Apple also launched a series of new accessibility features on this basis.

The first is "eye tracking", which allows users to use the built-in options of iPad and iPhone using just their eyes.

The second is "Music Touch". When turned on, the iPhone's touch engine will reflect taps, textures and subtle vibrations as the music plays. Hearing-impaired users can also "touch" music in another way.

Then there is the "Vehicle Movement Alert". When turned on, the iPhone will display animated dots on the edge of the screen to represent changes in vehicle movement to help reduce sensory conflict. Using the iPhone and iPad's built-in sensors, Vehicle Motion Alerts can identify when a user is in a moving vehicle and provide appropriate feedback.

At the same time, Carplay also received an update.

  • Users can use CarPlay and control the App using just their voice;
  • Through sound recognition, hearing-impaired drivers or passengers can turn on the alarm function and receive notifications of car horns and sirens, allowing the driver to "see" the sound.

In addition, Apple also lists more than ten accessibility features on its official website, including "Braille screen input" and "virtual trackpad."

After watching Jiachao’s on-site sharing and practical operation at Apple’s Jing’an store in Shanghai, I can realize that these functions really play a role in their lives.

For a one-armed athlete, a watch worn on the wrist will be more difficult to operate than a mobile phone held in the hand. Apple uses gestures, pointers, screen mirroring, etc. to minimize the obstacles encountered in one-handed use.

For people who are color blind, deaf-mute, etc., when interacting with smart devices, more and more exclusive functions are appearing on electronic devices such as mobile phones, watches, and tablets.

The obstacles that disabled people face in life often do not come from themselves, but from a set of "universal standards."

The world is inherently diverse, and they are part of that diversity.

Instead of using a set of so-called "most people" standards and allowing everyone to passively adapt to them, equal access to every electronic device may be one of the core meanings of the Today at Apple series of activities.

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