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Here’s why people are saying the new Apple Watch could save your life

By Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com | Posted - Sep 12th, 2018 @ 2:15pm



CUPERTINO, California — Every time Apple debuts new tech during a product launch, it seems the world takes to social media to voice their amazement — and disappointment.

On Wednesday, Apple showed off a new series of Apple Watches — the first major design overhaul of the watch since its release more than three years ago. And people are actually impressed.

Journalists, tech enthusiasts and the average Joe took to Twitter, touting the new watch as a life-saving device.

Along with a larger display and new hardware, the Apple Watch can now detect falls and trigger a call to emergency services if the user is immobile for a minute after the fall — thanks to an updated accelerometer and gyroscope. The watch will also screen heart rhythm for irregularities and alert medical providers in the event of an emergency.

The most significant update, though, is the watch’s ability to take an electrocardiogram (EKG). An EKG records the electrical signals in the heart and is a common test used to detect heart problems and monitor the heart’s status, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Apple Watch is the first EKG product offered over-the-counter to consumers. EKGs are usually done in a doctor’s office or hospital room, but an Apple Watch user simply has to open an app and put their finger on the digital crown of the watch to take the EKG.

Apple has even received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to use the Watch as a medical device.

The watch starts at $399.

Some were impressed:

Others were less so:

And a lot of people were just wondering what's going to happen when you fall for ... other reasons:

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