ChatGPT on your wrist: Keep your AI assistant close

Onur Demirkol
Mar 16, 2023

ChatGPT has successfully been integrated into Apple Watches with a third-party application called "Petey - AI Assistant."

Petey is a third-party, ChatGPT-like chatbot developed by Hidde van der Ploeg. It was exclusively made for Apple Watch. It lets you either speak, swipe, or type whatever you want, and it will respond to you within the framework of its capabilities. "It's like having a personal assistant on your wrist," the developer defines it.

Ploeg wanted to launch the app as WatchGPT, but due to trademarking issues, he had to give up "GPT," and that's why he shifted his direction to a completely new name. Petey sounds fun, though.

You might say, "my watch already has Siri," but remember that Apple's built-in AI isn't the most capable compared to other ones using the GPT-3 language model. Siri might be beneficial if you use it for basic commands like calling or texting someone. However, it is not capable of responding to complex questions or wishes. If you ask the same question about mashed potatoes in the video above, Siri will bring you Google results and let you choose whichever one suits you, while Petey gives you the answer right away, as seen in the video.

Petey's key features are as follows (taken from the official App Store page):

  • Interact with the famous GPT model right from your Apple Watch.
  • Quickly get answers to your questions or generate longer messages without typing.
  • Share the outcome of your interaction with others via text, email, or social media.
  • Set the app as a complication for easy access.
  • Text to Speech, the app will read out the answer to you, so you don't have to read it (Make sure your device is not on silent).
Soon AI chatbots will be integrated into every device, as the latest news shows you can carry them everywhere on your wrist.
Petey/App Store

It is still a work-in-progress project, and more features are constantly added. Hidde van der Ploeg is working on a history section to save your previous questions.

Petey is pretty easy to use as you only have to open the app on your Apple Watch and type in your message or question, and it will provide you a response. You can also set Petey as a complication on your watch face to access it easily.

Even though there is a long road ahead to get the app to its finest tune, you must start somewhere. Ploeg's initiation might also encourage others, and it looks like these AI chatbots will be included in every electronic device we have in the near future.

You can also use ChatGPT through Siri with a shortcut, but it has a different concept and works with an API. It allows Siri to transfer your queries to ChatGPT and provide the answers from the chatbot. Petey, on the other hand, is a third-party app that doesn't require any additional steps.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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