by Brent Dirks
March 6, 2014
In the future, an iPhone could automatically call for help during an emergency. A newly published Apple patent details the “attack detection mode.” When in the mode, certain events can cause the iPhone to alert authorities. Here are two examples from the patent:
For example, while the device is in attack detection mode, if the device's user ceases to interact with the device, then the device can automatically place a telephone call to emergency services (e.g., by calling 911). For another example, while the device is in attack detection mode, if an accelerometer contained within the device detects a sudden shock, then the device similarly can automatically place a telephone call to emergency services. After detecting a probable emergency situation, the mobile device can responsively and continuously emit a loud audible alarm through the device's speakers at maximum volume regardless of the device's current silence or volume settings, in an effort to attract help from other people who may be nearby.The patent was published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Originally filed in 2012, the inventor is listed as Robert D. Butler. With iPhone theft still a huge problem, a built-in trouble detection mode certainly sounds like a great idea. Hopefully it will make its way to a future version of iOS and the iPhone. Interestingly, the patent is somewhat similar to the recently announced and pictured Lifesaver Case. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the case can instantly and discreetly send help if someone’s life is in danger. You can still snag a case version for the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5s, or iPhone 5c for an early bird pledge of $59. You’ll have to wait until August to actually receive the case, though. For other news today, see: Apple Awards Top Executives Huge Bonuses, Tim Cook Said To Be Attending The Opening Of Turkey's First Apple Retail Store, and Ahead Of Apple's iWatch, The Wello iPhone Case Brings Key Health Features To iOS.