Ever since Apple launched the smartwatch back in 2015, Apple has been improving and improving its Apple Watch. The Cupertino tech giant has added several health and fitness-related features to make it more than just a watch that sits on your wrist. Or something that connects you to your phone. And over the past few years, the company has taken Apple Watch’s security and health features to a different level. A smart watch can actually save the life of its user. From notifying you of an abnormal heart rate to notifying emergency contacts if you take a serious fall, the Apple Watch has you covered. with Apple Watch Series 8Apple Added more features It’s even more useful if you’re in a health/safety pickle. Here are eight ways (and one more) that the Apple Watch actually proves to be a lifesaver, making it one of the most useful pieces of technology to wrap around one’s wrist.
This Sherlock detects crashes and even gets help
If you’re involved in a car accident (Lord forbid), the Apple Watch will go into crash detection mode. Its array of sensors, including a 3-axis gyroscope and a new g-force accelerometer (“with the highest dynamic range of any smartwatch,” according to Apple), will spring into action with a microphone, barometer, and GPS coordination. And pulling the strings of it all is a sensor fusion algorithm based on millions of hours of driving and crash data from the real world. The result? When it senses you’re in a crash, the Series 8 watch chimes and taps your wrist and displays a message (“Looks like you’re in a crash!”) and an emergency call slider. It waits 20 seconds for you to respond, and if you don’t, it automatically calls the emergency services as well as any emergency contacts you’ve added. One thing to note is that this feature only works with cars and not with other vehicles. Another thing to note is that it actually works and is turned on by default. In fact, it’s effective enough to send off alarms from roller coaster ridesSo if you’re heading to some crashy amusement park, put the Watch Series 8 in airplane mode.
Why do we fall sir… never mind, Apple Watch will help when we do
Fall detection has been a feature of the Apple Watch for a while now, and it’s coming to the Series 8 as well. Excellent sensors that detect crashes also play a role in detecting when you’ve fallen hard. When the Apple Watch Series 8 detects that you’ve had a hard fall and haven’t moved for a minute, it taps your wrist, sounds an alarm, displays a message (“Looks like you’ve had a hard fall”), and gives you the option to indicate you’re okay or make an emergency call. If you don’t respond, it will try to call emergency messages. The feature is enabled by default if you enter your age on the watch and are older than 55. You should enable it otherwise. It’s as simple as going to Settings on your Apple Watch Series 8, going to SOS, and turning on Fall Detection. Note that the feature won’t work if you turn off wrist detection. In a nice touch, fall detection is optimized while you work!
Heart rate alerts
You will know when your heart is racing
One of the most amazing features of the Apple Watch is its ability to not only measure your heart rate but also detect abnormally high or low heart rates. By default, if your Apple Watch Series 8 detects that your heart rate is above or below certain points (you can change this in the Apple Watch app) for 10 minutes, it will send you an alert, letting you know that your heart rate is on the high or low side. So the next time you feel your heart racing and tapping on your wrist, check your Apple Watch Series 8. It will save your life.
An ECG on your wrist, the gift of detecting skipped beats
Starting with the Apple Watch Series 4 (but excluding the SE Series), the Apple Watch is coming with an Electrocardiogram (ECG) feature, allowing you to read your heart condition without going to a clinic or diagnostic. Laboratory. The Series 8 can also produce an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram. Not only does it generate an ECG with a gesture as simple as placing your finger on the crown for 30 seconds, it can also detect irregular heart rhythms that could be a sign of atrial fibrillation. What’s more, you can also generate PDFs of your ECG chart from the Health app on your iPhone and share them with your doctor. The ECG app does not detect a heart attack but it is literally a lifesaver in situations where your heart is beating erratically and there is no doctor or hospital nearby.
Oxygen in the blood is important, because COVID is not gone yet
The worst of the pandemic may be behind us (fingers crossed), but COVID is still a threat. And one of the ways to detect related health problems is by monitoring blood oxygen. The Apple Watch Series 8 comes with a sensor to measure blood oxygen only when you need it, but keeps recording throughout the day and night. Recording it is as easy as opening the option on the watch and keeping your wrist still for 15 seconds!
Never get lost… BackTrack has got your back
One of the worst scenarios for anyone is getting lost, especially in an area where you don’t have a chance to ask for directions. This can happen when someone is out hiking or on a drive and ventures a short distance, or sometimes it’s easy to forget where you parked your car in an unfamiliar part of town. Fortunately, the Apple Watch Series 8 can help you find your way. Doing the magic is the Compass app on the Apple Watch. Open it and mark it as a relative waypoint where you don’t know where to start your trip. As long as you’re within 50 miles (or 80 kilometers) of your waypoint, you can select it on your watch and get directions to it, thanks to the watch’s Compass app and GPS.
Always pop those pills on time
The right medicine can save your life. And not taking it on time can put it at serious risk. Well, with the Apple Watch Series 8 you’ll never lose your medication. The watch comes with a medication app that tracks the medications, supplements and vitamins you need to take. You just enter the medications you need to take and the frequency and schedule, and the watch taps your wrist to remind you when it’s time to pop your next pill, sip your syrup or take a supplement. Even if you dose off you will not miss a dose.
SOS, SOS… Press the button on the watch
Need help urgently? Press and hold the button below the crown on the Apple Watch Series 8. This gives you the option to call local emergency services. If you can’t make a call, hold down the button and the watch will call services. Your emergency contacts will receive a text message that you need help and also share your location (they’ll also get updates if your location changes). Note that you’ll need to have a cellular connection on your Watch Series 8 or Wi-Fi calling via an Internet connection with a paired iPhone to access this life-saving feature.
And one more thing… wash your hands of the germs in your life
They say washing your hands is one of the best things you can do to prevent germs and infections. And they said it before covid became a thing. Apple Watch Series 8 comes with a feature that reminds you to wash your hands when you return home. Also, there is a timer that ensures you wash your hands for twenty seconds. You need to go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and set it up in the Handwashing section.