This happened a while back but I realised I hadn’t posted the warning so I thought I would give a warning to everyone.
June last year I got the approval from the wife for a new motorcycle. I’d sold mine a year before and with our office moving into the city, it made sense. My wife has never been that panicky about me and motorbikes, she knows I’m not an idiot, but she did give me approval for a 1200cc R Nine T Scrambler which is a sizeable bike.
Anyway, the second week with the bike and I decide to take it out for a nice ride. Sun is out like today as I bought it as part of the EOFY sale and got a bit of a discount. Unbeknown to me, my watch crown had got caught between my jacket and my gloves. Now, for those who aren’t aware of this, if you hold down your Apple watch crown for an extended period, it goes into emergency call mode. Great little feature I wasn’t aware of. Obviously, within about 5 seconds of taking the call, the emergency line realised I was happily riding my motorcycle and it was a pocket dial, the call didn’t last long.
That was not the problem. The problem is that when you do an emergency call, one of the default settings is to notify your emergency contact that you have initiated the call via SMS so my wife got a message.
Obviously, my wife’s first priority is calling me and I am not answering because I am happily in motorcycle land where I’m enjoying my ride and taking advantage of the sunshine. Not only does it notify the emergency contact but it continues to tell them and send them a map location every couple of minutes so it now looks like I am headed to the hospital but incapacitated as I happen to be riding in the direction of the Royal Alfred.
When I stop, I notice about 20 missed calls, about 20 messages and a very unhappy wife for obvious reasons.
It cost me an expensive dinner and spa bookings to smooth out.
The solution is simple, move the crown to the left side instead of the right where it is less likely to get caught. There is a setting to do it.