Sit on it and swipe

This doesn’t even sound good:

What’s an emergency management department to do when 9-1-1 calls are spiking, but there aren’t enough workers to cover all those calls? San Francisco turned to researchers in an effort to understand a recent surge in emergency calls, which has been putting a strain on its emergency resources, and found that butts are to blame. Specifically, when someone’s backside accidentally makes a 9-1-1 call.

While it’s good for personal safety that mobile phones can call 9-1-1 without being unlocked, it’s creating a headache for call centers: San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management turned to Google to help identify what’s been going on, after call volumes increased 28% between 2011 and 2014, reports the BBC.

That said, I’m not sure this is exactly the headline one wants to see on a story of this sort:

That must have been some, um, report.





1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    8 October 2015 · 9:05 am

    I’ve found that I can wake up my current smartphone by laying it down and putting my reading glasses on top of it, which I don’t think is supposed to happen. When I lock my phone I expect the screen to stay dark until either (a) I press the power/lock/wake-up button, or (b) I get a phone call or my morning wake-up alarm goes off at a pre-set time. I know it will also light up if I plug in the power cord, but if this phone is mistaking a pair of glasses for that…

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