Apple patent application shows how the Apple iPhone can summon help in an emergency

Apple patent application shows how the Apple iPhone can summon help in an emergency
A patent application filed by Apple and released by the USPTO on Thursday, entitled "Mobile emergency attack and failsafe detection," reveals the possibility that an Apple iPhone could determine when there is an emergency situation and make phone calls or use other communication options to alert the authorities. The patent describes sensors on the handset that could determine if there has been an automobile accident, a mugging, or a medical condition that could render the iPhone owner helpless.

The sensors would start the process if a finger breaks contact with the screen at a certain point in time, or if there is no movement for a preset time period. Telephone calls would be made to emergency numbers and a prerecorded message would play. Using the accelerometer and microphone, loud noises and sudden movements would start the process, and a panic button could be pressed if needed.

The alarm can be disabled when the user interacts with the device after the process has started. A warning screen could appear, giving the user the ability to end the process if there is a false alarm such as a dropped device. Besides calling emergency services, the iPhone will also play an alarm at maximum volume. And with the microphone turned up to the highest level, hands-free, two-way communication can be made.

We have no idea when Apple will implement this feature, or if it ever will. Still, it's nice to know that there could be a day when your iPhone has your back.

source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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15 Comments

1. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Extra charges if ever implemented?

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

It should not be patented bcoz it is related to emergency or accident, this technology should be free... now apple wants to cash emergencies or accidents too?

13. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I agree. I feel like any emergency related innovation should be free for anyone to use. If you really cared about the people then it wouldnt be patented. I say that with technology coming from any company.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It'll be pretty hard to find a variable that really only happens in emergencies, because you can't really use loud noises or idleness to determine if there is an emergency. There are too many normal situations that could resemble emergencies to the iPhone.

3. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Oh wow. I can see the other side of this. It can keep the emergency personnel away from the real emergencies. Samsung already has an emergency protocol, where you press the 2 volume keys for 3 seconds will start taking pictures with both cameras and audio and send them to designated numbers.

4. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Correction, no audio by Samsung emergency protocol, but it does send GPS location and pictures to up to 4 contacts.

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Another day another patent B.S.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Unless it can call out the eagles... I'm not interested

7. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Why would they patent this?

15. phatmanXXL

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Its Apple

8. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I thought this was something we'd see in smartwatches not smartphones. Pretty BA if they can pull it off. Without pulling basic vital signs from the end user it seems like a difficult task.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think this should be patented but then again I think it should just in case some other company takes the idea and tries to patent it. I don't think profit should be claimed on this one.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I agree with Mxy. No one should patent emergency protocol.

14. willard12 unregistered

Mxyz's account has obviously been hacked.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

don't we already have 911?

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