What it is: Apple’s cellular-enabled smart watch allowed a woman to call for help after getting into an accident.
Many people still can’t figure out why they might want to use a wearable computer like the Apple Watch. Yet the evidence is clear that the main purpose of the Apple Watch is health. If you value your health, then you want an Apple Watch or similar wearable computer. The main purpose of the Apple Watch is to monitor health symptoms in real-time, but a secondary purpose of the Apple Watch is to provide a communication link to officials in case you’re in trouble.
Kacie Anderson, a 24-year-old mother, was stopped at a red light with her 9-month-old baby when a drunk driver struck her car. She wasn’t able to reach her phone after the collision—but she was able to use her watch to call for help.
In any emergency, seconds matter, so if Kacie was unable to use her Apple Watch to call for help, she would have lost precious seconds trying to find her smartphone or hoping a passer-by would call for help. In either case, having a wearable computer like the Apple Watch on her wrist allowed her to call for help. A smartphone is only useful if you can find it. An Apple Watch on your wrist is almost always available.
So the next time someone tells you they can’t think of a sue for the Apple Watch, that person is essentially telling you that they can’t think of a reason to stay alive. Whether you get an Apple Watch or a similar wearable, the facts are clear. Wearable computers are more useful than smartphones in certain situations. Wearable computers may not replace smartphones but they can be useful accessories or simply useful items by themselves.
The Apple Watch may not help save your life, but it might one day. Chances are good your personal computer won’t be around when you need to monitor your health or call for help.