Say what you will about technology. How it’s made us anti-social, entitled, and more but did you know that it could be what ultimately saves our lives? If you think this sounds dramatic, you’re absolutely right because, in the case of a few individuals, their Apple Watch proved to be what stood in between life and death.
The Apple Watch was first introduced in 2014 and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wasn’t exaggerating when he said that it’s the most personal device the company had ever created. The product acts as a fitness tracker, health monitor, and keeps you constantly connected but in a few cases, it’s actually saved lives thanks to how it detects emergencies.
In a few circumstances, the watch, which monitors heart rate, has alerted the wearer that their heart rate is dangerously high or that they’re even in atrial fibrillation which a type of heart condition that can increase your risk of stroke and other serious heart complications.
However if you’re on the go and travelling on your own, it’s worth it to know that your Apple Watch could be what comes to your rescue in the event of an accident.
In 2019, a man credited an Apple Watch with saving his father’s life after he experienced a major fall off his bike. Gabe Burdett of Washington State got a text from his father’s Apple Watch that read, “Emergency SOS Bob Burdett called emergency services from this approximate location after Apple Watch detected a hard fall.” The watch alerted emergency services with the location of the fall and an ambulance arrived and transported him to the hospital all within 30 minutes of the accident.
The moral of the story here is that anyone with an Apple Watch should set up hard fall detection.