Is there a 'notify if I'm dead' app?

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  1. iamsen47 macrumors regular

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    I did a quick google but didn't find any.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    How would the Apple Watch notify someone if you're dead?
     
  3. mjschabow macrumors 65816

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    I'd think the police would take care of that for you
     
  4. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    he clearly means the watch.......

    i think he knows if he is dead no one will be notifying him.
     
  5. Arran macrumors 68040

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    A bit macabre, but do you mean an app that sends a notification/IM to someone else if the Watch senses proximity to your skin, but no pulse?

    I wonder what the rate of false positives would be? Hopefully quite high! :D
     
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    I was being humorous in good fun. I think we all know the Watch's capabilities.
     
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    There is the EMERGENCY function but nothing that will notify people of a medical emergency without user input. I suspect that Apple knows it's HR sensor is not quite up to the job, heck mine will stop finding my HR for long periods of time and I sure do not want my watch calling 911 or my next of kin to tell them my heart has stopped.
     
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    The design for the app would need to incorporate a "dead man's switch" mechanism in software. Something like:
    1. Watch senses no heart rate.
    2. App displays an "I'm Not Dead!" button prominently on the screen
    3. Watch notifies wearer (loudly) that if they don't respond by pressing the "I'm Not Dead" button within 60 seconds, a notification will be automatically sent to next or kin, employer, whoever.
    I suppose there could be serious applications for this: Train driver, nuclear plant supervisor, night watchman, round-the-world solo yachtsman, anyone living alone, etc.

    The wording sent to next of kin would need careful consideration. Rather than a bald: "Dad's dead! [OK]" pop up, maybe a more gentle, "You might want to check on your dad?", accompanied by a button to speed dial his cellphone number.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 2, 2017 ---
    So, that's the design all done, now! ;)

    Are you planning to write an app?
     
  9. iamsen47 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I might. I live in a separate country from my parents with no intention of ever returning. My dad lives alone, and I was just reading articles about people that clean up apartments of those who die alone, often undiscovered for a lengthy period of time.

    For the notifications, 60s is probably a bit extreme. I would have a notification sent to the main app on the phone and if there's no action taken within maybe 48 hours, to notify next of kin.
     
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    These are good ideas and probably more and more viable as the sensors on the AW improve.

    Additionally, I wonder if the accelerometer and other sensors would be good enough to detect falls (e.g. for senior citizens) and could serve a similar role as the "Life Alert" system?
     
  11. jakerichva Suspended

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    "round-the-world solo yachtsman"

    Connectivity may be a challenge for that one. :)
     
  12. Cycling Asia macrumors regular

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    Actually this could be a good idea, I ride a bike and sometimes I'm only inches away from trucks traveling at 100+Km/h - 60mph (thanks to the trucks driving half in the cycling lane). I could set my watch (or phone) to sms someone if it has detected I've been motionless for X minutes (say 10 minutes), because when all is well, I am far from motionless.

    Quick, patent that ****.
     
  13. christarp macrumors 6502

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    Honestly, does it matter how long it is before someone is notified if you're dead? Like, someone will eventually find your body. Only reason I could see someone not finding your body is if you're out of cell service, and in that case your phone wouldnt be able to notify anyone anyway..
     
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Honestly, it DOES matter!

    My company works in the Apartment industry and it is much nicer if the body is removed shortly after death. I have been to a unit where the very overweight person died in a tub of water and maggots were so prolific that they dropped from the door casing when you opened the front door. Lots of liquid and warm temps can really get things to go to the extreme! After the liquid is gone, most "activity" comes to a halt.

    In our family we have several older members and each knows how to call or text someone every morning without fail.

    If they do not . . . . . action is taken!
     
  15. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Yes. Yes it does.

    Personal anecdote: A really close friend of ours went into a diabetic coma (Type 1) when her insulin pump failed during the Friday night… it was the UK May Bank holiday. It was a hot spell. She was discovered 5 days later. Her dog had gotten hungry in the meantime…
    She was 44, lived alone, had loads of friends… she still fell into the gap.

    So, yes. @iamsen47 , Notify when I'm dead would be a great app.
     
  16. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    With the right task management app you might be able to configure a recurring daily appointment that sends a reminder via text message or email if you don't mark it as Done by a certain time. But yeah... imagine the false positive possibilities: Forgetting to mark something "Done" because you were busy or incapacitated.. "Mom, I'm not dead... I was just drunk!"

    I don't know... I could see there being a service related to this, but of course it would cost some money. Kind of like the old life alert buttons. It's a device connected to a service that will try to reach you when triggered. The triggers could be automated. If you don't unlock your phone, watch, or perform some other activity for a certain period of time the service first tries to contact you multiple ways. If you don't respond, they send emergency services to your home. If you aren't there and still aren't responding, they notify your specified emergency contacts.
     
  17. WeatherMate macrumors member

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    Well, smart watch does provide the data about the sleeping hours and heart beat and would be able to provide the information that if a person is dead or not. But currently i do not think that there is an app developed for this purpose and even if they develop an app for this particular purpose, there is always a room for a bug. In the case, when the smart watch is loose on the wrist or if there is an error/bug in the software, smart watch wold send the signal that the person is dead and i am pretty sure that you wouldn't want that.
     
  18. markcres macrumors 6502

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    This would only be useful if the app cancelled all your outgoing bank payments, notified your estate probate holder and (most importantly) erases all the internet history for the porn sites you visit.
     
  19. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    If I where dead,what use would I have for apps?
     
  20. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Well, you are going to have a lot of dead time on your hands.
     
  21. cajay0420 macrumors newbie

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    If someone would simply create an app that requires you to respond to a message or text (or even a service that does that) on a daily or weekly basis, it would be huge. Many of us who live at home might not be found for days if we were unconscious or dead. I have a dog. I don't want him dead, too; if something happened to me. But I don't want to make friends and neighbors responsible for checking on me all the time - especially when technology should be able to handle it and I'd be willing to pay for the service. I can't believe there's nothing readily available for something so seemingly simple. They have it as an on demand service when you go out, but no automatic service. Thoughts?
     
  22. Turnpike macrumors 6502

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    Even better than an app that senses where you're dead, would be a dead-man's switch... where if you don't confirm with a password every so often upon being notified, then a certain browser history is deleted, and/or an email or text is sent to a designated person (which could say "check on me" or something like that) and other privacy related things.
     
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    Gak. Sympathies to arkitect. I think I'm going to stop reading this thread. :(
     
  24. ZebraDude macrumors 6502a

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    I guess you need an app that would check for a pulse and if the watch did not find it then it would call the preprogrammed funeral home for pickup?
     

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