Apple likes to rely on the smartwatch's heart detection capabilities as it can potentially save a user's life one day. But a man in Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia, can his life on his smartphone, which stopped an arrow shot by an attacker while trying to take a picture.
According to the NSW Police Force, the victim stopped in his driveway on the morning of March 13, 2019, only to notice a man standing outside from his property armed with a bow and arrow when he got out of his car. It's not something you see every day, even in Australia, so the police say he pulled the phone out to take a picture of the archer when the gunman raised his bow and fired.
Instead of hitting the victim, the arrow pierced the back of the raised smartphone, leaving a sharp point that protruded a couple of inches through the display of the device on the other side, and completely removing its screen protector – the last line of defense of the man. According to the police, the only injury was a small tear on the victim's chin caused by the impetus of the impact of the arrow, which caused the phone to fly in the face.
The authorities claim that the alleged 39-year-old attacker was arrested and accused of "being armed with the intent to commit an offense charged with assault that causes physical damage and intentional damage". Reportedly, he was released on conditional bail and is scheduled to appear in court next month.
What about the smartphone? The last time we checked, arrow shots are not normally covered by warranties.
[NSW Police Force via Ubergizmo]