Quadruple amputee, Travis Mills, shares how Apple Watch has changed his life

Quadruple amputee, Travis Mills, shares how Apple Watch has changed his life
Just over four years ago, while on a foot patrol in Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Travis Mills stepped on a pressure plate connected to an improvised explosive device. The blast was devastating, resulting in injuries that most people do not survive.

SSG Mills was an exception. The explosion caused him to lose portions of both legs and both arms, making Mills one of only five quadruple amputee casualties from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Amputee injuries in general from these conflicts are fairly infrequent, though they are the most visible. The technology for prosthetics continues to advance rapidly, resulting in microprocessor assisted knees, and myoelectric hands which respond to sensor assisted input from the wearer.

These solutions are all fine and dandy for those missing a limb or two, but missing all four? When your injury puts you in the fraction of a hundredth-of-a-percentile, creativity counts, and technology is essential.

Since his injuries, SSG Mills has started a number of ventures to assist himself, and other wounded veterans, as well as a consultancy to work with companies and organizations that look for new ways to address challenges and adversities.

Travis Mills read the other day that sales of the Apple Watch were perhaps not growing to the expectations of Apple and Wall Street institutions. However, for him, the Apple Watch has changed his life, thanks to some friends of his that bought him the wearable some time ago. The voice commands, along with dial and home button on the Apple Watch, make for an ideal assistant for someone who does not have use of their limbs to operate common consumer electronics. Given that, Mills wanted to offer his own perspective about the value of the Apple Watch in his daily life.

Check out Travis Mills’ take in the quick video below. If you want to learn more about his activities, foundation, and other ventures, check out TravisMills.org.

via: SSG Travis Mills (Facebook)



1. AlikMalix unregistered

Eagerly waiting for the Apple-hate bandwagon squad copy/paste their so old and tired comments, below.

5. Fona13A unregistered

You're not any better bringing it up.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Actually, was hoping that if I point out what they're about to do, it will stop them before it happens... IT EFFING WORKED!!!

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have great respect for him and his friend that give him the apple watch. It would be great if Apple would pay him for his promotion. Since you issue us an open invitation to troll, i will add this sneak bits just for you. Android Wear Google Now voice command should work as well, some say better than Siri. So it does not matter whether he has a Apple watch or Android Wear watch on his wrist. There you go! Especially for AlikMalix.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Seriously? Comments like this make you just as bad as the inevitable anti-Apple brigade.

22. TechieXP1696

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

If he had used any marvelous Samsung watch his limbs would have grown back. Typical iSheep.

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

It sucks that you can't use the hand on the Apple phone even though you can do that on Android so it wouldn't have been a problem in the first place and every single Android watch can do that and more by voice you don't have to use your nose you can flip the wrist for instance, or tell it from the home screen send a text or send an email or read the last message

37. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Honestly, it seems.. like a paid promotion. Given that other products provide the same thing it does make the article feel like a paid promotion, rather then an article about how his life is improved by tech, personally I feel like we are almost bombarded with promotions and ads about how 'great' Apple products are, and that is the main part that frustrates me about Apple, if people want to use Apple products and enjoy them the most, they should use them, those that don't shouldn't. But all these ads and promotions? seems really in your face compared to ads and promotions others do and there are definitely more of them as well.

2. Furbal unregistered


3. KetchupsMustard

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

What an amazing courageous man!! That is so great that the watch can help him so much.

4. Ankit_27

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 20, 2016

Wow!! Inspiring man. I am really glad that technology is helping him to live his life in best way possible even after such overwhelming and unfortunate circumstances. Keep moving ahead man!!

6. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

It's always great to see that technology has such a powerful impact on peoples' lives.

27. engineer-1701d unregistered

What about the people that are paralyzed from the neck down so I can't leave any extra money yet they use eyesight to move around on the Android devices since Apple doesn't care about them cuz they're not marketed to them and they wouldn't pay for that kind of stuff right

36. TerryTerius unregistered

You seriously need to learn how periods and commas function. Get over your irrelevant bias. Instead of being happy this wounded hero has improved his quality of life, you choose to attack Apple. That's just sad dude. This isn't about Android or Apple. It's about the way tech can help improve our lives. And how the hell would someone paralyzed from the neck down hold a smart phone anyway? They would still have to in order to use that kind of navigation. Your argument isn't even logical.

40. g2a5b0e unregistered

Thank you on all accounts.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Feel good article of the day, I just know trolls will try to ruin it. Alik, I agree with post 1 100%.

12. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

This is a lovely story, gutted but happy for the guy and kudos to Apple and all wearable makers making peoples lives better, but you are the #1 reader who participates in the trolling on this site, so stop licking other people and their comments and fueling other people and just let news be news for once. There is literally 0 people here moaning about this or saying anything negative, but there you are again just wetting yourself in anticipation for someone to bite your comment. And, shoot, I guess I did bite, but seriously, you are more annoying than the trolls with your bait on every single article about anything with absolutely no interesting/constructive comments at all. Go on any other news site and comments are hilarious or interesting. Here, it's a cringe-fest.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You misspelled kicking. That's constructive. ;)

19. AlikMalix unregistered

It worked though... no one is... ah crap, ibend couldnt resist... nevermind --- even if you point it out - they still do it... got to earn those green thumbs points, right?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sam, post 15 and 17. ;)

30. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

darkjedii and AlikMalix, two of the biggest trolls on iPhonearena. Actually AlikMalix is the biggest and most annoying troll.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Darkjedii is banned.

9. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Apple need a push in wearable market

10. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

God bless that man.

11. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Where's TechiXP's essay comments to troll Apple? He hates everything made by Apple and loves everything about Samsung. I use iPhone 6S and Samsung S7 edge and love both.

13. Fona13A unregistered

What you love or someone else's flawed opinions have nothing to do with the fact technology (let's just look at this past brand names, k?) has helped a person in great need. Shame is just a rarity in the human species now.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I bet he didnt try any android wear yet.. btw, that dial and home button are hard to use, he deserve better wearable than that :-/

16. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*I bet he hasn't tried android wear yet.* And there are probably several reasons for that.....namely healthcare functionality.

17. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

That dude needs a big applause!!! And about that apple smartwatch its just not good enough!!

23. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Omfg.....how pathetic can you be.......starting to use amputees for commercials......

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