When it comes to debates about technology, the cons might sometimes overpower the pros leaving many technology users in dilemma whether it is beneficial or a marketing gimmick by manufacturers. However, technological devices can also bring tons of benefits. In one such case in Singapore, a 24-year-old motorcyclist’s smart watch alerted his emergency contacts right after he got into an accident.
The motorcyclist, named, Muhammad Fitri, fell off his bike after colliding with a van at Ang Mo Kio and while lying on the ground, he saw the vehicle drive off before losing consciousness,. The accident occurred at the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 and Ang Mo Kio Street 31 on the evening of 25th September.
This was also a hit-and-run accident. Now, the fascinating part about this incident was the fact that, Fitri’s Apple smart watch detected the fall and promptly sent a message to his emergency contacts which also included his girlfriend. It also helped him call an ambulance! Isn’t that just amazing?
The passers – by narrated the incident to the girlfriend and she and Fitri’s family then found out that it was the smart watch that had contacted them. The fact that the streets were relatively empty at that point of time made his family extremely grateful for the life-saving function in the watch.
Fortunately, he slowly regained consciousness when the paramedics arrived at scene. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they were alerted to the accident at around 8:20pm. Fitri was admitted to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
Now, for the technology segment! According to Apple, models under Series 4 or later can detect hard falls and when it is detected, it will tap the user on their wrist, sound an alarm, and show an alert. If there’s any movement detected, the watch will not alert emergency services. If the user is immobile for at least one minute, the device will automatically call the emergency contacts and send a message to them.
It will also call for an ambulance. Don’t have enough money to buy an Apple Watch or not a fan of the brand itself? Well, several other smart watches have this function, including the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and a few Garmin Watch models.