Apple Watch Ultra saves Las Vegas man’s life! Know what happened

A Las Vegas man with type 1 diabetes was rescued by emergency services after his Apple Watch Ultra detected his fall and called for help, saving his life.

| Updated on: Nov 10 2023, 12:42 IST
Apple Watch Ultra 2: Price, specs, features, more
Apple Watch Ultra
1/7 On September 12, 2023, Apple launched the Apple Watch Ultra 2 alongside the iPhone 15 lineup. Apple claims the smartwatch to be an improved version of the original “most rugged” smartwatch. The event unfolded various new specs and features about the watch that may excite buyers, however, the price is hefty. (Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra
2/7 The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is powered by the new S9 SiP which the company claims to be Apple’s most powerful watch chip ever. The watch is equipped with a brand-new 4-core Neural Engine, which is capable of operating machine learning tasks at double the speed of the original Apple Watch Ultra. The smartwatch runs on new watchOS 10 software that will include new features.  (Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra
3/7 Apple has introduced a new double-tap Gesture feature that enables users to easily control the Apple Watch Ultra 2 using just two fingers,  index finger and thumb twice for various actions without touching the display. The gesture can be used to stop a timer, play and pause music, or snooze an alarm,  answer and end a phone call, take a photo with the Camera Remote, and more. (Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra
4/7 The Apple Watch Ultra 2 comes with a 3000 nits display, which is 50 percent brighter than the first generation. It can be accessed properly during bright sunlight, dark rooms or early mornings. The in-display flashlight is also improved with  Digital Crown which temporarily doubles the brightness. It provides a larger display with its new “ Modular Ultra” watch face. It enables easy viewing of sports, outdoor adventures, and ocean and water activities. (Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra
5/7 Apple Watch Ultra 2 is integrated with On-Device Siri for easy access to  Log Health Data. Now you do not need the internet for starting workout or setting a timer as Siri does not rely on Wi-Fi or cellular networks. Additionally, as per Apple, the watch is perfect for water sports. Use can easily scuba dive, kitesurf, or wakeboard wearing the watch. The Oceanic+ app app now shows in-depth information about water sports.  (Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra
6/7 Lastly, the newly announced Apple Watch is designed with carbon-neutral products and is made up of 95 percent recycled titanium. The  Alpine Loop variant will be available in blue, indigo, and olive colors. Whereas, the Trail Loop will include orange/beige, green/grey, blue/black, and ocean band colors. (Apple)
Apple Watch Ultra
7/7 People in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, the UAE, the U.K., the US can order the Apple Watch Ultra 2. The watch will be made available in stores from Friday, September 22. The price of the Apple Watch Ultra in India is Rs. 89900 and in the US it costs $799. (Apple)
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Apple Watch Ultra, the company’s most expensive smartwatch, came to the rescue of a Las Vegas man. (Unsplash)

In yet another amazing instance, the Apple Watch has again come to the rescue by saving a man's life. Just a few days ago, we reported that Siri, another Apple product, helped a UK woman who fainted in her toilet. Siri helped her contact her friend who got in touch with emergency services, thus, saving her life. In the most recent instance, it is the Apple Watch Ultra, the company's most expensive smartwatch, which became the rescuer of a Las Vegas man who fell unconscious. Here's what happened.

Apple Watch Ultra saves life

According to a report by KSNV, 40-year-old Las Vegas resident Josh Furman suffers from type 1 diabetes. One day, Furman fell unconscious while home alone and hit his head on the floor. This was due to low blood sugar levels. According to Furman, his insulin pump alerts him of low blood sugar levels on most occasions, but this time around he fell unconscious.

Fortunately, Furman was wearing his Apple Watch Ultra, which detected his fall using the Fall Detection feature and immediately contacted emergency services which rescued him.

Furman told KSNV, “I don't know how long I was out for, but when I woke up, the Apple Watch had basically called 911, the paramedics. But I could not talk. I sounded like I had a mouth full of marbles. 911 could not understand me, but they had the GPS from the watch, so they knew where I was."

The user had also set up his emergency contacts on his Apple Watch Ultra which helped the caregivers contact his mother who informed them about Furman's type 1 Diabetes. “I don't think people know enough about their Apple Watch to realize what it can actually do with the fall detection”, he added.

It is important to note that while the Fall Detection feature can help save lives, it has to be set up first. Astonishingly, this is not the first time Furman's Apple Watch Ultra has contacted emergency services on his behalf, displaying the prowess of the smartwatch's life-saving features.

However, it should be noted that while these devices can alert the user of health abnormalities, they are not medical devices and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

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First Published Date: 10 Nov, 12:13 IST