Apple Watch as lifeguard

Wearable could save you from drowning.

Apple pitches the Apple Watch as a tool for health and fitness, but a new patent takes the idea to the next level.

Apple patented a system where your Apple Watch looks for unusual underwater behavior — i.e., you drowning — and, if it detects something ominous, sends an alert to all the nearby iPhones, no matter if they are connected to you or not.

Hopefully, someone on the beach or poolside is looking at their iPhone and will alert the lifeguards or spring into action to save you.

It’s a super-clever idea. And with my name (Leander, a mythological Greek figure who drowned), I’m all for it!

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— Leander Kahney, EIC.

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Basically, Steve Wozniak and I invented the Apple because we wanted a personal computer. Not only couldn't we afford the computers that were on the market, those computers were impractical for us to use. We needed a Volkswagen. The Volkswagen isn't as fast or comfortable as other ways of traveling, but the VW owners can go where they want, when they want and with whom they want. The VW owners have personal control of their car.

— Steve Jobs, 1987.

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