If you’re ever in a sticky situation, the Apple Watch could be the perfect device to protect you.
The high-tech smartwatch can now help you survive extremely dangerous situations.
This week at Apple’s special event (along with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro), three new watch models were unveiled, including the Apple Watch Series 8.
Here’s how they can help when you’re in need…
car crash detection
Apple has incorporated a really brilliant feature called Crash Detection into the new watch models.
The tech giant has developed a special algorithm that takes data from various sensors – accelerometers, barometers, GPS, microphones and more.
And it can use that data to determine if you’ve been in a serious accident.
In the extremely unfortunate event of someone being involved in a serious car accident, the watch will prompt the user to tap to call emergency services – or cancel the pop-up.
If the wearer does not respond after a 10-second countdown, the emergency protocol begins.
This shares the device’s location with emergency services and the wearer’s emergency contacts.
The detection works even better if you also have an iPhone with you because it provides more data.
Waypoint and Backtrack
The new Apple Watch Ultra gets a few extra features – and it should, considering it starts at $799/£849.
It has a built-in compass app that enables special features called waypoints and backtrack.
You can record waypoints with your watch while hiking in the great outdoors.
For example, you could mark your camp, a recent signpost or fork in the road, or a water source.
You can quickly mark these with the new orange action button on the side of the Apple Watch Ultra.
If you get lost somewhere, you can use Backtrack (powered by GPS), a special orienteering tool that lets you retrace your steps.
Another brilliant feature of the Apple Watch Ultra is the emergency siren.
Apple has built a powerful speaker into the side of the Watch Ultra.
When you activate it, the Ultra emits a loud 86 decibel siren.
According to Apple, it can be heard from up to 600 feet away.
“An 86-decibel siren is designed for emergencies, should users become lost or injured, and can help draw attention to a location,” Apple said.
“The unique sound signature includes two distinct alternating patterns that can repeat for up to several hours.”
Apple said the first pattern is an emergency alert.
And the second mimics the internationally recognized SOS pattern.
The specific frequency of the noise was chosen so that it travels long distances and penetrates any ambient noise.
It could really help you when you are in a difficult situation.
The Apple Watch Ultra will be available starting Friday, September 23.
And the Apple Watch Series 8 is available on Friday, September 16th.
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