The Apple Watch continues to prove itself as a potentially lifesaving device, this time helping to get two people the help they needed during emergency situations in Ohio and Minnesota.
CBS News reports that Michael Brodkorb was hit by a vehicle that then fled the scene in Minnesota, but his Apple Watch detected the impact and called emergency services.
It also alerted his family, too. Police later identified the driver but it isn’t yet confirmed whether any charges will be brought against the 17-year-old.
The second Apple Watch, as reported by ABC, alerted emergency workers in Cincinnati when 83-year-old William Fryer was walking alone on the Ohio River Trail and took a fall after his knee gave out. It was later confirmed that he had a large blood clot that had caused the fall. The clot was later removed, but it’s possible that the situation could have been much worse had the Apple Watch not called for help.
Apple watch Fall Detection is available on the Apple Watch Series 1 and newer and is automatically enabled for wearers who are over 55. Everyone can enable the feature manually, however, and it’s well worth considering doing so if you’re someone who falls regularly or are just concerned about not being able to get help should a fall occur.
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