Apple Watch drop detection could have saved another life, and if you ask Mike Yager, it did. That’s after his watch called 911 after a fall at his home, calling emergency services while he lay unconscious.
The story goes according to local reports, that Yager passed out and fell in the driveway. His Apple Watch detected the lack of motion and called 911, and the Summerfield Fire Department showed up without Yager even knowing the call had been made.
“The Summerfield Fire Department showed me their log and it said, if I remember correctly, man, possibly unconscious. Then they gave me the location and then they said reported by Apple Watch. Whenever they showed me that, I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say, “said Lori Yager, Mike’s wife.
Apple Watch Series 4 and newer monitors for movement after a fall. If none are detected, it initiates an emergency call and relays its location to dispatchers. This is how the fire department was able to find Yager, and it all happened automatically.
Yager now believes that the Apple Watch saved his life, saying that everyone his age should have one.
“It’s a bit pricey, but I think it’s worth it if you’re over 65 or something you definitely need to do something like that. I’m 78 so I qualify,” said Mike Yager.
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This is far from the first time an Apple Watch has been credited with saving a life and it won’t be the last. Apple CEO Tim Cook said he believes health will be Apple’s biggest impact on the world and Mike Yager and his wife would likely agree.