The iPhone is considered the Swiss Army knife of smart phones, and it really can mean the difference between life and death. Just ask Christopher Tkacik and his canine companion, Boo, from Maryland, DC.
On New Year’s Eve, Christopher and Boo decided to go for a hike in Gambrill State Park. Even though the Google Maps app on Christopher’s iPhone indicated that the pair was on track, Christopher knew something was wrong when they crossed the same creek over and over – 4 times in total.
The 43-year-old lawyer called 911 and waited for help. Four hours later, he heard the sound of a helicopter. Using the iPhone flashlight app as a flare, he managed to attract to attract the helicopter’s attention, and the pair were guided to safety by two park police rescuers. Christopher’s wife, Aysem, was in contact via text during this whole ordeal.
“It’s really scary,” Aysem told myfoxdc. “You have no idea what kind of an ending it’s going to have.”
To fully appreciate the technology that saved her husband’s life, Aysem got a special Christmas gift just a couple of weeks back.
“He gave me Steve Jobs’ biography for Christmas,” she said. ” Steve Jobs with the iPhone–oh my gosh–technology’s good.”
Yes, Aysem, technology is good. As for Christopher and Boo, they were back on the hiking trail a few days later – no doubt with a fully charged iPhone.